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Virat Kohli becomes first cricketer to hit 100 million followers on Instagram

  • Mar 02, 2021
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The India captain joined Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Argentine Lionel Messi, former Hollywood actor and wrestler Dwayne " The Rock '' Johnson, American singer-songwriter Beyonce, and Ariana Grande in the 100 million clubs.Indian captain Virat Kohli added another feather to his shining hat by becoming the first cricketer to reach 100 million followers on the social media platform to share photos and Instagram videos on Monday.The India captain joined Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Argentine Lionel Messi, former Hollywood actor, and wrestler Dwayne " The Rock '' Johnson, American singer-songwriter Beyonce, and Ariana Grande in the 100 million clubs.Virat Kohli is also the fourth most followed athlete on Instagram. Ronaldo tops the list (athlete) with 266 million followers, while Messi ranks second on the list with 187 million followers on the Facebook-owned platform.Virat Kohli, who ranks first in the ICC's ODI Ranking, debuted in the format in August 2008. India's Leader scored 12,040 points in the 251 ODI with an average of 59.31.Virat Kohli represented India in 90 events, scoring 7,490 points with a high of 254*. In T20I cricket, he played 85 matches, winning 2,928 rounds with a hit rate of 138.43.The Indian captain is currently preparing for the fourth and final test against England, which starts on Thursday. The hosts are sparing no effort to prepare for the next match at Narendra Modi.Cricket Board India (BCCI) shared a video on Twitter on Monday to look at players sweating online. In the video, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane can be seen hitting the net, while Rohit Sharma can be seen talking to coach Ravi Shastri.Players have also worked on their field skills, ensuring the team is well prepared in all divisions when they face the English side in the last game of the series.In the ongoing series, Rohit, Axar Patel, and Ravichandran Ashwin were featured artists and now, on the fourth audition, Raban Kohli will seek to attend the party and end the century's drought.The last time Virat Kohli scored a century ago was in 2019 for a day and night event against Bangladesh in Eden Gardens.If India manages to win or take the final test against England, the team will qualify for the World Test Championship (WTC) Final and the team will face New Zealand in the summit match.Also Read: Road Safety World Series 2021: Full list of matches(timetable), venues, ticket booking

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Virat Kohli to step down as India T20 captain after World Cup

  • Sep 16, 2021
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Virat Kohli confirmed on Thursday that he will step down as captain of India's T20I team after the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October-November. The bat star said that he will continue to lead India in Tests and ODI cricket."I've decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October," Kohli said in a statement that he shared on his social media handles. pic.twitter.com/Ds7okjhj9J— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2021Virat Kohli has led India in 45 T20I internationals since taking over from MS Dhoni in 2017. He has a winning percentage of 64.44 with 29 victories and 14 defeats.Also Read- ICC mens T20I rankings: Indian captain Virat Kohli moves to No 4, KL Rahul retains sixth spotFor some time, there has been speculation about Kohli's future as white-ball captain especially in the backdrop of Rohit Sharma's brilliant track record of winning five IPL titles for Mumbai Indians.Discussed decision with Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli"Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for last five to six years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead Indian team in Test and ODI cricket," Kohli said in a statement on his Twitter page."I have given my everything to the Team during my time as T20 captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 captain and will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward," he further added.The decision, Kohli said, was taken after consulting head coach Ravi Shastri, his heir apparent Rohit, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah."Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group...," Kohli stated."I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and president of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian cricket and Indian cricket team to the best of my ability," Kohli said.The T20 World Cup begins on October 17.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad

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Make KL Rahul vice-captain, groom him as future leader, says Sunil Gavaskar

  • Sep 17, 2021
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Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to groom KL Rahul to be India's next captain.Gavaskar wants to appoint KL Rahul as T20 vice-captain for India, with Rohit Sharma appointed as captain after Virat Kohli decided to leave the captaincy after the T20 World Cup.“It's a good thing that the BCCI is looking ahead. It's important to think ahead,” said Sunil Gavaskar“If India are looking to groom a new captain, then KL Rahul can be looked at. He has performed well. Even now in England, his batting was very good. He has been performing well in IPL and 50-overs cricket as well at the international stage. He can be made vice-captain,” said Gavaskar.Gavaskar praised Karnataka's batsman for his quality of leadership shown in the IPL. Rahul is the captain of Punjab Kings in the IPL.Also Read- Virat Kohli to step down as India T20 captain after World Cup“He has shown very impressive leadership qualities in the IPL. He hasn’t let the burden of captaincy affect his batting. His name can be taken into consideration,” said Gavaskar.The 34-year-old Rohit is Kohli's deputy in the white ball formats and is likely to take the lead role when India meets New Zealand in a home series in November that will feature three T20 Internationals along with two Test matches.Current head coach Ravi Shastri and the tenure of the support staff are coming to an end with the T20 World Cup and as things stand, there are indications that they won't seek an extension.“There is a CAC that will make the decision. If you want to think about the new coach, then you can’t keep talking to the captain. Yes, there needs to be an understanding between the captain and the coach. But you can’t ask a student who his principal or professor can be,” said Gavaskar.Also Read- ICC mens T20I rankings: Indian captain Virat Kohli moves to No 4, KL Rahul retains sixth spot

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Virat Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 format

  • Sep 27, 2021
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Virat Kohli is back to breaking batting records at will. In a jaw-dropping stat that is a reflection of his greatness, RCB captain Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.Virat Kohli reached the historic milestone while opening the batting for RCB against Mumbai Indians in Match 39 of IPL 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Kohli achieved the landmark in the over against Jasprit Bumrah where the skipper was taking his India teammate to the cleaners.Kohli hit Jasprit Bumrah for a four and followed with a excellent pull shot that flew over the boundary ropes.Kohli, who has represented India (T20Is), Delhi (domestic cricket) and RCB (IPL), needed 66 runs to get to the T20 milestone before the crucial encounter against CSK. Kohli has arguably been the most successful batsman in the Indian Premier League. Despite not being able to land a title with Royal Challengers Bangalore, the skipper of the popular franchise owns quite a few batting records in the T20 league.6 Pulled away for a maximum and Virat Kohli reaches 10000 runs in T20s. Mr. Milestone. #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #RCB #IPL2021 #RCBvMI— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 26, 2021Kohli's former RCB teammate Chris Gayle tops the list of highest run-getters inT20 cricketers. 'Universe Boss' has amassed 14,261 runs in 446 matches at a strike rate of 36.94 with 22 centuries and 87 fifties.Gayle's national team captain Kieron Pollard is second on the list, having scored 11,159 runs in 561 matches with one century and 56 half centuries to his name. Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, with 10,088 runs and 66 fifties in 436 matches, ranks third in the list. David Warner rounds off the top 4 with 10,017 runs in 304 matches.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 season

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BCCI unveils Team India's new jersey ahead of T20 World Cup

  • Oct 13, 2021
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed the new jersey of the Indian cricket team for the men's T20 World Cup tournament to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman from October 17 to November 14.The new jersey is named 'Billion Cheers Jersey' and the patterns on the jersey are inspired by the billion cheers of the fans."Presenting the Billion Cheers Jersey! The patterns on the jersey are inspired by the billion cheers of the fans," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted as the board shared the picture on social media.Presenting the Billion Cheers Jersey! The patterns on the jersey are inspired by the billion cheers of the fans. Get ready to #ShowYourGame @mpl_sport.Buy your jersey now on https://t.co/u3GYA2wIg1#MPLSports #BillionCheersJersey pic.twitter.com/XWbZhgjBd2— BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 2021The jersey was released by MPL Sports, the official kit sponsors of the Indian cricket team till December 2023. The new jersey will replace the navy-blue retro jersey with blue, green, white and red stripes, inspired by the 1992 World Cup kit which the team has been sporting since the tour of Australia in November last year.The Indian team will enter the field wearing the new jersey for the first time in their practice match against England on October 18 and then against Australia on October 20. The jersey will then be worn during India's opening match in the men’s T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 24.India are bidding to end their 8-year-long wait for an ICC title when they take the field under Virat Kohli's captaincy at the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE. The Asian giants last won a major title in 2013 and their last T20 World Cup title in the inaugural edition of the tournament.India's squad for T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami. Standby players: Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad