Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami on Friday stated that even the best batsmen in the business have flaws, and that he has his own plans when it comes to dismissing skipper Virat Kohli. Shami added that he is well aware of his captain’s strengths and weaknesses having spent so much time with him.
Indian legend VVS Laxman is not too impressed with former Australian captain Michael Clarke’s claims that Australian cricketers ‘sucked up’ to India captain Virat Kohli and went soft on him as they wanted to protect their IPL contracts. Contradicting Clarke, Laxman stated that being nice does not guarantee any player a place in an IPL franchise, and that much more needs to be done to earn the big bucks.
Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, in a Live session, revealed how Indian legend Anil Kumble helped him out at a time when he was struggling to find a good doctor in Pakistan for his eye problem. Mushtaq, famous as the man for introducing the ‘doosra’ to world cricket, recalled that during his playing days, he was having a lot of issues with his eyesight. The spinner had consulted a number of prominent doctors in Pakistan, but they could not help him out. Then, Kumble gave the former spinner the reference of a London-based ophthalmologist.
One of the biggest masterstrokes in the World Cup till date has been MS Dhoni promoting himself ahead of the in-form Yuvraj Singh in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Chasing 275, India were in trouble at 114 for 3 when Virat Kohli was dismissed for 35. Everyone expected Yuvraj to walk in, but it was skipper Dhoni who emerged from the Indian dressing room.
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is of the view that the current Indian team does not have many role models other than captain Virat Kohli and one-day skipper Rohit Sharma. In an Instagram question and answer session with Yuvraj, Rohit asked the former cricketer about the difference between the current side and the players he played with.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has claimed that Australian players of recent times have refrained from sledging Indians, particularly skipper Virat Kohli, as they were mindful of their Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts.
India skipper Virat Kohli has opened up about the disastrous 2014 Test series in England during which he struggled to put bat to ball. In a Live Instagram session with former England batsman and captain Kevin Pietersen, Kohli revealed that he felt like he would get out every time he went out to bat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a meeting with 40 top sportspersons of the country via video conference. The sporting legends included prominent current and former Indian cricketers like skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virender Sehwag. During the meeting with the sports personalities, the PM discussed about the ongoing crisis owing to the Coronavirus and the subsequent 21-day lockdown as well as the active role sportspersons are playing in the fight against COVID-19.
Indian opener and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has donated Rs 80 lakh in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Rohit, has donated Rs 45 lakh and Rs 25 lakh to the Prime Minister and CM's Relief Fund (Maharashtra) respectively. Further, he has contributed Rs 5 lakh to "Zomato Feeding India", which is trying to help families hit by the 21-day national lockdown, and a further Rs 5 lakh for the welfare of stray dogs.