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How Virat Kohli’s cricket career panned out ever since he met Anushka Sharma

Virat Kohli has scored truckloads of runs ever since he started dating Anushka Sharma.

cricket Updated: Dec 12, 2017 13:51 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tied the knot in Italy on Monday.(IANS)

Finally, the much-awaited wedding of the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma has taken place. After days of speculation, the couple announced the good news on social media (Twitter) on Monday evening.

Kohli first met Anushka during a commercial shoot in 2013, but it was only in 2014 when the couple made their relationship public. “Whatever is there is out in the open, I have nothing to hide,” Kohli had stated during an event back then. She followed soon. “We are not hiding anything. We are being two normal young people in a relationship”.

(Read | Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli married in Italy: Here’s a timeline of their romance)

Post India’s loss to Australia in the semis of 2015 ICC World Cup, a group of netizens trolled Anushka Sharma, holding her responsible for Virat Kohli’s indifferent form. The Delhi batsman was quick to rubbish all this and defended her. Two years since then, Kohli has been in amazing form across formats.

In fact, statistics prove that Kohli’s career has taken an upward turn ever since he started dating Anushka. Kohli, who made his ODI debut in 2008, had scored only 13 centuries till the end of 2012. Post her meeting of Anushka in 2013, the dashing batsman has slammed 19 centuries, taking his tally to 32.

(Read | Pakistan cricketers wish Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma, on ‘new innings in life’)

In Test cricket too, Kohli has been fabulous. Before 2013, he had only three Test hundreds to his name. Post this phase; he has gone on to score 17 more.

The year 2017, in particular, has proven to be lucky for the Indian captain. He has amassed 2818 runs with 11 centuries across formats. As a captain too, he has tasted success. Apart from breaking West Indies great Brian Lara’s record for the most number of Test double hundreds as skipper in the recently concluded three-match series against Sri Lanka, he has led Indian to nine consecutive Test series wins.

With India touring South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England in near future, Virat Kohli would hope to continue his dream run as her lucky charm, Anushka Sharma, is going to be there with him throughout.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 13:14 IST