Too much noise about spin-friendly tracks: Kohli

Ahmedabad, Mar 3  Stop the noise, tighten up that defence and get on with the game -- a combative Indian skipper Virat Kohli said on Wednesday ahead of the fourth and final Test against England as he navigated persistent queries on the spin-friendly tracks in the country.

India annihilated England inside two days in the Pink-ball Test at Motera, days after the visitors crumbled on anther spin-assisting pitch in Chennai in the second Test.

England managed 112 and 81 in the Ahmedabad Test after scoring 134 and 164 in Chennai as Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel tormented them in turns.

"There is always too much noise and too much conversation about spin tacks," Kohli said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the fourth and final Test starting here on Thursday.

"I am sure if our media is in a space to contradict those views or present views which say that it is unfair to criticise only spin tracks, then it will be a balanced a conversation."

Kohli, at the end of the third Test, had blamed the batsmen's technique for their failure on the Motera track.

"But the unfortunate bit is everyone plays along with that narrative (spinning tracks) and keeps making it news till the time it is relevant. And then a Test match happens, if you win on day 4 or 5, no one says anything but if it finishes in two days, everyone pounces on the same issue," he said.

Kohli cited one of India's losses in New Zealand when the team struggled on a seaming pitch. He recalled how it was batsmen's technique, and not the track, that came in for scrutiny.

"We lost in New Zealand on day three in 36 overs. I am sure none of our people wrote about the pitch. It was how India played badly in New zealand.

"None of the pitches were criticised, no one came and saw how the pitch was doing, how much the ball was moving and how much grass was there on the pitch," he said.

Kohli said his team has been successful over a period of time for adapting to conditions instead of complaining about them.

"The reason for our success is that we have not cribbed about any pitch we have played on and we will continue to play like that.

"We all need to be honest with ourselves what is the idea behind continuing this narrative and what purpose it serves people who keep continuing the conversation which is one-sided," he said. PTI

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Anushka wishes fans good morning with view of sea from plush Mumbai home

Anushka Sharma gave fans a look at the view of the sea from her Mumbai home. Anushka has been enjoying life as a new mother since welcoming daughter Vamika in January.

Actor Anushka Sharma is having a good morning at her Mumbai home. On Tuesday, she took to Instagram to share a picture of the view of the sea from her house.

Sharing the photo, she wrote 'good morning'. In the picture, one can see other buildings in Mumbai and a part of the sea while the sun shines bright. Anushka has often shared pictures of the view from her house.

Photo shared by Anushka Sharma.

Anushka has been keeping extra busy since the arrival of her baby daughter Vamika on January 11. She only pops up on Instagram to wish her co-stars and Bollywood colleagues on their birthdays.

Her last post was a Valentine's Day wish for husband Virat Kohli and before that, she had shared a picture of herself, showing fans a glimpse into her life as a new mum. She was seen in a black T-shirt and black pair of leggings with a white and grey burp cloth on her shoulder. "Current favourite accessory - Burp cloth," she wrote.

Virat and Anushka revealed their daughter's name on February 1. “We have lived together with love , presence and gratitude as a way of life but this little one, Vamika has taken it to a whole new level ! Tears , laughter , worry, bliss - emotions that have been experienced in a span of minutes sometimes ! Sleep is elusive but our hearts are SO full. Thanking you all for your wishes , prayers and good energy,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

Virat was the one to announce Vamika's arrival on Instagram and wrote, “We are thrilled to share with you that we have been blessed with a baby girl this afternoon. We thank you all for your love, prayers and good wishes. Anushka and the baby are both healthy and we are feeling beyond blessed to start this new chapter of our lives. We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Love, Virat.”

Input: hindustantimes

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Pink-ball Test | Spinners will come into play for sure but pacers can't be ignored either: Kohli

A rank turner is being anticipated at Motera but India captain Virat Kohli expects pacers to have as big a role as spinners in the day-night third Test against England, a side riddled with "many weaknesses" according to him.

Both teams have won a game each in the four-match series and ahead of third Test here starting Wednesday, the talk has been incessantly focussed on the nature of the virgin track at the refurbished stadium.

Asked if the ball is unlikely to swing much in the third Test, Kohli said he expects the pacers to be in the game till the ball is "nice and shiny".

"I don't think that is an accurate assessment (that bowl will not swing). The pink ball does tend to swing a lot more than the red ball. We experienced that when we played for the first time in 2019 (against Bangladesh)," Kohli said in the pre-match press conference.

Kohli also rejected the assessment that England would have an edge if the pitch favours pacers.

"...not really bothered about what the strengths and weaknesses of the English team are. We have beaten them in their home as well, where the ball does way more and hold them out every time so we're not really bothered with that. It's just about playing well as a team," he said.

"And yeah, there are many, many weaknesses in the opposition side as well, if you are keen to exploit them. If it's a seamer friendly track for them it's for us as well.

"And we probably have, you know, among other teams, the best bowling attack in the world so we're not really bothered by what the ball might bring differently to the table. We're ready for anything that comes our way," he asserted.

Both teams go into the game with a lot of unknowns. The pink ball is known to aid the pacers but it remains to be seen how much it will help the spinners, which is considered India's strength at home.

Senior India batsman Rohit Sharma has already said that it will be another turning pitch. Kohli said facing the pink ball is more challenging than the red ball irrespective of the nature of the surface.

"It is much more challenging to play with pink ball regardless of the pitch you play on. Especially in the evening, if as a batting team, you are starting your innings under lights then that one and a half hours is very challenging," he said.

"Yes spin will come into play for sure but I don't think the new ball and fast bowlers can be ignored. The pink ball does bring them into the game till the ball is nice and shiny, something we are very well aware of and preparing accordingly," added Kohli.  PTI

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You will not find any masala here: Ajinkya Rahane responds to question on Virat Kohli's captaincy

  • Ajinkya Rahane addressed a press conference on the eve of the 2nd Test against England
  • Rahane was asked a question about Virat Kohli's captaincy following India's loss in the first Test
  • Rahane backed his skipper saying he was and will be the skipper of the team

Team India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane addressed a press conference ahead of the 2nd Test match between India and England where he was asked several questions, one of them being about Virat Kohli's post-match comment after the 1st Test where Kohli expressed his disappointment about the body language of the players. Rahane was asked whether the change in captaincy after the Border-Gavaskar series had something to do with the body language of the players.

In his response, Rahane said that the body language of the players had nothing to do with Kohli returning as skipper and he will always remain his captain.

"It is not always possible to have the same sort of energy on the field. The lack of energy sometimes on the field in the first Test was not due to Virat Kohli returning as skipper. Virat Kohli is and will continue to be my captain. Kuch masala nahi milega yahan (You won’t get any controversy here),” Rahane said during a virtual presser.

After the end of the 1st Test, Kohli was asked about Rahane's form after the Mumbai batsman managed to score just 1 run in two innings of the Chennai Test. In his response, Kohli had said that Rahane was the most important Test player for Team India after Cheteshwar Pujara.

"Ajinkya Rahane is, I have said this many times in the past as well, along with Cheteshwar Pujara is our most important Test batsman and he is going to continue to be. We believe in his abilities, we have believed in his abilities for a long time now. He is an impact player.

"In the MCG Test, he stood up and scored a hundred for his team when we wanted it the most. You can look at the number of innings and what happens from there on, the reality of the situation is we won the series in Australia," Kohli told reporters on Tuesday.

Rahane was also asked a question about the form of another Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma - who managed to score just 18 runs in the Chennai Test. Backing the senior batsman, Rahane said that Rohit batted well in Australia and two bad innings doesn't make a batsman a bad player.

"Rohit is an important member of our team and it's not about scoring 100 or 150 but in Australia, he batted well and made those important contributions, 2 (poor) innings don't make anyone a bad player.

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Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli reveal daughter's name

Mumbai, Feb 1 Actor-producer Anushka Sharma and her cricketer-husband Virat Kohli on Monday announced that they have named their first child, daughter Vamika.

The couple, who announced their pregnancy last August, welcomed the baby on January 11.

In a heartwarming note on Instagram, Sharma said that the arrival of Vamika has been a blessing for them.

"We have lived together with love, presence and gratitude as a way of life but this little one, Vamika, has taken it to a whole new level!

"Tears, laughter, worry, bliss - emotions that have been experienced in a span of minutes sometimes," she wrote alongside a picture in which she can be seen holding the baby, with Kohli standing next to her.

"Sleep is elusive but our hearts are so full. Thanking you all for your wishes, prayers and good energy," the actor added.

Soon after announcing the arrival of their first child on Twitter, the couple requested paparazzi to respect their privacy to not click photos of their newborn.

Sharma and Kohli, both 32, first met on the sets of a commercial and dated for four years before getting married in a private ceremony in Italy on December 11, 2017.

Input. PTI

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Australia win the third T20I by 12 runs as India take the series

India takes the three-match series 2-1.

Virat Kohli's 85 from 61 weren’t enough as Australia – aided by 80 from Matthew Wade and 54 from Glenn Maxwell – took the third T20I in Sydney on Tuesday.

However, India takes the three-match series 2-1.

The men in blue will take on host team Australia in the four-match Test series, starting with the day-night game at the Adelaide Oval on December 17.

The Adelaide game, the first of the four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy, will be the first time India is playing a pink-ball Test away from home.

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya bags the Player of the Series award for his stupendous performance in the T20I series.

On the other hand, senior cricketers from the squad praised debutant Indian Pacer Natarajan for his incredible performance in the T20I series.

Hardik Pandya took to Twitter said, “Natarajan, you were outstanding this series. To perform brilliantly in difficult conditions on your India debut speaks volumes of your talent and hardwork Clapping hands sign You deserve Man of the Series from my side bhai! Congratulations to #TeamIndia on the win Flag of IndiaTrophy.”

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'And then, we were three!': Anushka, Virat expecting first child in Jan 2021

Guwahati: Bollywood Actress Anushka Sharma and Cricketer Virat Kohli take on to social media to announce they have a baby on the way.

Flaunting her baby bump, the actress and her cricketer hubby shared a picture on their twitter handles respectively.

She tweets, “And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021”.

Earlier, bollywood couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan also confirmed that they are expecting their second baby. Notably, this is the second pregnancy announcement from Bollywood this month.

Congratulations to both Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma from the entire Midage Media team.

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