Saturday, February 11, 2017

Virat Kohli Says Captaincy Has Made Him A Better Batsman

Virat Kohli scored fourth double ton in Test cricket on Friday, with all four of them coming after he became Test captain
Team India skipper Virat Kohli has credited his prolific run of form with the bat to his captaincy, saying that the added responsibility has left no room for complacency in his batting. Kohli on Friday completed a double century on the second day of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad, scoring 204 to help India reach a commanding total of 687/6. This was the captain's fourth double ton in Test cricket, with all four of them coming after he was given charge of the team in the longer format of the game.
"I don't know, I think it is because of captaincy that you tend to go on more than what you usually would as a normal batsman. I think the room for complacency is no more present when you become captain. So, that has something to do with me playing long innings," the 28-year-old right-handed batsman said.
"I have always wanted to play long innings and my first seven or eight hundreds were not even 120 plus scores. After that I made a conscious effort to bat long and control my excitement or not be complacent at any stage," he was quoted as saying by '', when asked about his hunger for big scores.
With his 204-run knock, Kohli became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to claim four double hundreds in as many series. In the process, he surpassed the legendary Sir Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid, both of whom had three double hundreds in successive series.
Kohli's four double hundreds have come against West Indies (200), New Zealand (211), England (235) and now Bangladesh.
The Indian captain said that he's is no longer satisfied with Test hundreds and his fitness level allows him to play for longer innings and eye bigger scores.
'Worked on fitness over the years'
"I worked on my fitness level over the years and I feel I can go for longer periods now. I don't get tired as much as I used to before. Definitely, I don't get satisfied when I get a Test hundred which used to be before, because I used to give too much importance to Test cricket separately. Now I have started to treat it as any game of cricket and I have to keep going on till the time the team needs to," said the Delhi batsman.
Asked how he has been able to maintain consistency across the three formats, he said, "It is not easy to do especially with the amount of cricket we play nowadays. It is more of a mental thing. I don't necessarily focus too much on practice because sometimes you might not get to practice so much.

Friday, February 10, 2017

India Vs Bangladesh, Hyderabad Test, Day 2: Virat Kohli declares innings at 687/6

Skipper Virat Kohli slammed another brilliant double hundred to surpass Sir Don Bradman's record by achieving record fourth 200 in 4 successive series.

 Hyderabad, Feb 10: Another brilliant double hundred from skipper Virat Kohli and a shining century from Wriddhiman Saha enabled hosts India declared their first innings at 687/6 against Bangladesh on second day of the one-off Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday (Feb 10).

 Earlier, resuming the day at a personal score of 111, Kohli completed his career's fourth double hundred immediately after lunch to become first Indian skipper to hit four double tons.

 Unbeaten on 191 till the lunch session, Kohli quickly completed his fourth double ton as he surpassed the record set by Australian legend Don Bradman (1930-32) and compatriot Rahul Dravid (2003-4). Prior to this one-off Test, Kohli's double tons were 200 against the West Indies away in July, 211 vs New Zealand at home in October and 235 against England in December. He fell after being dismissed with a leg before decision by left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. His innings was studded with 24 fours out of the 246 deliveries he faced. The wicket, however, didn't come as a relief for the visitors as Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin punished them with a quickfire stand of 74 runs in 15.2 overs. With the team pushing for a huge score before the declaration, Ashwin made most of the occasion by scoring 34 runs in 45 deliveries. Read more at:

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Baahubali: The Conclusion director SS Rajamouli teams up with Farmville creator for Baahubali mobile game

The ace filmmaker, S.S. Rajamouli and game creator Mark Skaggs, the brain behind popular games such as Farmville and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth are collaborating to create game based on the block-buster movie ‘Baahubali’. The news came after the official Facebook page of the movie ‘Baahubali’ posted, “Mark Skaggs (from Moonfrog Labs), creator of Farmville and Lord of the Rings games (among others) discussing the creation of ‘Baahubali’ mobile game with S.S. Rajamouli. Exciting stuff coming your way. Stay tuned!”
The 2015 super hit movie “Baahubali”, as a franchisee has gone beyond cinema. Prior to the game announcement, the movie has been adapted into a novel, comics and also an animated series. The movie is being adapted into a novel trilogy with first part already launched officially. The Rise of Sivagami : Book 1 of Baahubali – Before the Beginning, authored by Anand Neelakantan is currently available on Amazon, both in Kindle and paperback edition. The ‘Book 1 of Baahubali’ narrates the rise of ‘Sivagami’ and story of ‘Mahishmati’, which basically forms the prequel of Baahubali: The Beginning. Director Rajamouli is currently engaged with the post-production of the second installment to the series, “Baahubali: The Conclusion”. After two years from “Baahubali: The Beginning”, the second one in the franchisee is slated for release on April 28. Baahubali, a period drama has actor Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, actress Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty and Ramya Krishnan in pivotal roles. The second part will simultaneously release in Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.

Kareena Kapoor Khan- Saif Ali Khan’s this gift to Taimur Ali Khan will put Karan Johar’s Koffee hamper to shame

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan are not leaving any stone unturned to make sure that their newborn child Taimur Ali Khan feels like a prince! After setting up his nursery royal style, the couple has already started pampering the tiny tot. Well, you don’t believe us? Then look at this picture. The couple ordered a custom made hamper from an online portal which specializes in luxury baby products. The hamper contains everything that a toddler would love. A month old Taimur got a custom made clothes and other goodies and we can’t help but feel JEALOUS! Check out the pic and you would wish to be born as a Pataudi kid, in your next birth! Oh No, we are not kidding.
Kareena Kapoor Khan went back to work in just 46 days after her pregnancy and spoke a lot about her bundle of joy and how her life revolves around him! She is a perfect hands-on momma! We really love how she has been balancing work and parenthood from Day 1. Now, after walking for Anita Dongre at Lakme Fashion Week, she will resume work with Rhea Kapoor’s Veere Di Wedding with Sonam Kapoor. We will see her in an all gal movie and she is all set to impress us with her acting chops. At LFW, she made some adorable revelations about Taimur which made us go aww! She said, “Motherhood is going to be the best phase of my life. I am super excited. It has just been 46 days so, I don’t know about the change but yeah now your heart doesn’t beat inside you, it is outside in someone else’s body. When you look at your baby, you realise that.” She also described how Saif is all up and about being a daddy for the third time.

LIVE Cricket Score India Vs Bangladesh, Test Match Day 1 Virat Kohli slams solid fifty

India Vs Bangladesh Test Match Day 1 LIVE Cricket Score updates: Catch the live score and all the happenings in the match here. No stopping the run-machine as Virat Kohli notches up his 15th Test fifty off 70 balls. Fluent so far from the Indian skipper Murali Vijay falls for 108, bowled by Taijul Islam, while Virat Kohli brings up 1000 Test runs in this home season. Murali Vijay warms up to the Australia series by scoring his 9th Test hundred off 149 balls. Murali Vijay moves to 99 with a single to deep midwicket. IND 217/2 Hello and welcome to our live blog for the historic one-off Test match to be played between India and Bangladesh. The match will be played at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday and the match is scheduled to start at 9:30 am IST. The one-off Test starts following India’s 4-0 win against the visiting England in the five-match Test series and then following it up by clinching the ODI and T20I series as well against the same side. India led by Virat Kohli is positive about their chances in this Test match and not taking Bangladesh lightly. However, cautioning his No.1-ranked team against any complacency while playing in Tests against Bangladesh, Kohli said the Tigers have the required skills to be successful in the five-day format as well. On the other hand, Bangladesh have played just four matches against India in India so far since 1991 – three One-Day Internationals (one in 1991 and two in 1998) and an ICC World Twenty20 game in 2016. Their famous and biggest victory in Test came when they defeated England at their den. However, Bangladesh last played a two-match test series in New Zealand, in which they were whitewashed by the Black caps. All the eyes will be on spinners as, if Indian spinners can wreak havoc in the sub continent, Bangladesh also have their armour in place. For example, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, as last year, he took 22 wickets to be named Man of the Series that Bangladesh played against England, with his best of 12 wickets coming in the second Test in Dhaka which Bangladesh won by 108 runs to level the series. If India have R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja at their disposal, Bangladesh have the trio of Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam. Senior most Shakib Al Hasan has 165 Test wickets under his belt in 46 wickets while Islam also has taken 43 wickets in only 11 Tests. Talking about head to head then, till now, the Men in blue have played total eight Test matches against Bangladesh and won six of them, while remaining two were drawn. This also shows that they are unbeatable against Bangladesh. So, this one-off Test between India and Bangladesh will be an interesting one as the visitors will fight for a victory or at least avoid defeat. READMORE............