Virat Kohli's Instagram Earnings
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli on Saturday, August 12, denied the reports that he charged $1,384,000 (about Rs 11.45 crore) per social media post on Instagram. “News that has been making rounds about my social media earnings is not true," Kohli said on X, formerly Twitter.
“While I am grateful and indebted to all that I've received in life, the news that has been making rounds about my social media earnings is not true," the Indian cricketer said in the post on X.
Virat Kohli and Priyanka Chopra have been mentioned on the Instagram Rich List 2023 by Hopper HQ. According to the list, Virat Kohli earns $1,384,000 per Insta post, while Priyanka Chopra charges $532,000 for the same.
The top-5 in the list are Cristiano Ronaldo (who charges $3,234,000 per Instagram post), Lionel Messi ($2,597,000), Selena Gomez ($2,558,000), Kylie Jenner ($2,386,000), and Dwayne Johnson ($2,326,000).
Virat Kohli and Priyanka Chopra are ranked 14th and 29th on the Instagram Rich List 2023 among top 100 public figures.
Here's How Much The Indian Cricket Players Will Earn For Asia Cup 2023 Published 43 minutes ago
India has clinched a spot in the finals of the Asia Cup 2023 after securing a resounding 41-run victory over Sri Lanka. The highly anticipated Asia Cup final is slated to take place at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on September 17. But, do you know? The remuneration for the players during the Asia Cup hinges on their participation in matches for their respective teams.
The fee structure is contingent on both the number of matches a player participates in and the overall matches played by their team. Notably, if a player hasn't taken the field in a match, they won't receive fees for that particular game. For India, participation in at least five matches is a prerequisite during the Asia Cup. Players meeting this criterion will earn a minimum of Rs 30 lakh from the tournament. Those who make it to the final match will see their earnings increase substantially.
In addition to these tournament-based fees, Indian cricket players receive annual salaries categorized into grades A+, A, B, and C as part of their contractual agreements. The top-tier A+ players, including luminaries like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja, receive an annual salary of Rs 7 crores. Grade A players, such as Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant, and Akshar Patel, are awarded Rs 5 crores annually. Those in the B category, like Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj, Suryakumar Yadav, and Shubman Gill, earn Rs 3 crores per year. Lastly, grade C players, including Umesh Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, and Yuzvendra Chahal, receive Rs 1 crore annually.
It's worth noting that the contracts for these players are set to conclude on September 23. While the players receive varying remuneration based on their grades, the compensation for Test, T20, and One-Day formats remains consistent across the board. Irrespective of their grades, players earn Rs 15 lakh for Test matches, Rs 6 lakh for One-Day matches, and Rs 3 lakh for T20 formats.
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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and a Surprise Pick from New Zealand in India Legends
Batting legend Virender Sehwag has included three Indians, one Australian and a New Zealander among the first five players that he would pick when building a Dream ODI XI.
Sehwag has included two of his former India teammates in Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli while also adding a third player in Jasprit Bumrah from his country.
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Sehwag has given a place to hard-hitting Australia opener David Warner and interestingly, has found a spot for New Zealand big-hitter Glenn Phillips.
Rohit is counted amongst the finest white-ball cricketers of his generation and is aiming to emulate Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni to become the third India captain to win an ODI World Cup title.
Rohit had a memorable outing at the 2019 World Cup during which he peeled off a record-breaking five centuries in his total of 648 runs.
On the other hand Kohli is nearing the all-time record of most ODI centuries set by cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar who retired after racking up 49 hundreds during a storied career.
Kohli is considered to be one of the greatest batters to have played the game and has thus far scored 46 centuries.
On the other hand, Bumrah is on his comeback trail having missed nearly a year of competitive cricket on account of a back issue. Last month he played in a three-match T20I series in Ireland and is now part of India's 2023 Asia Cup campaign too.
He's counted among the world's top fast bowlers and will be key to India's performance during the world cup.
Warner is in all likeliness playing in his final ODI World Cup and will be hoping to sign off on a high. He has won world titles across formats and is widely regarded as one of Australia's greatest openers.
Phillips though has played just 16 ODIs so far for New Zealand but has already made a name for himself in the T20 format thanks to a string of blistering performances with the bat.
“They are all talented players and perform well in ODI cricket and they can win the games on their own shoulders. Whenever they click, their team will win," Sehwag was quoted as saying by the ICC.
The ODI World Cup starts from October 5 with defending champions England taking on New Zealand in Ahmedabad.
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Under Mahi Bhai
Former India pacer Ishant Sharma has revealed how MS Dhoni laid the seeds for the success of Virat Kohli's tenure as captain. Sharma revealed that during Dhoni's captaincy, India were under a transition period, but by the time Kohli stepped up to the fore, the Men in Blue were a ‘complete package'.
Dhoni led the Test team from 2008 to 2014, before stepping down as captain and retiring from red-ball cricket altogether midway through the series against Australia. Virat thus got his first taste of captaincy in Test cricket, and later he replaced MS Dhoni as India's all-format captain in 2017.
Sharma recalled how many of the current crop of Indian pacers such as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and others made their debuts under Dhoni's captaincy before going on to hit their peaks under Virat.
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“When Virat was captain, bowling was complete. When we were playing under Mahi bhai, we were in a transition phase. At that time, Shami and Umesh were new, and only I was there. Everyone else would rotate. Bhuvi was also new. There is no match for Mahi bhai as a communicator," Ishant Sharma told Jiocinema.
“But, what he did was groom the bowlers and leave them with Virat. Shami and Umesh, over time, became different bowlers, and then, Jasprit came in. So, he got a complete package," added the veteran pacer.
Both Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are among the most successful captains to lead the Men in Blue across all formats.
Sharma, who played with Kohli since the U19 days revealed the one quality that separated Virat from others was that he had the tendency to bring out the best in his bowlers by identifying their traits.
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“The best thing he did was identify everyone's traits, that he used to talk about one thing with one person and then let them be," said Sharma.
Virat had stepped down as India's T20I captain in 2021 before Rohit eventually replaced him across all formats in 2022, although the 36-year-old hasn't played in T20Is since last year's World Cup with Hardik Pandya leading India in the shortest format.
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Here's How IND Captain Preparing to Face PAK Pacer in Asia Cup - WATCH Updated 13 minutes ago
Exactly a week later, the cricket fans will be delighted with one of the most epic battles of the game - featuring India and Pakistan. The encounter will be the campaign opener for Rohit Sharma & Co in the Asia Cup 2023 and they are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations. The unit has assembled in Alur for a conditioning camp where it's undergoing intense fitness drills and net sessions.
The forthcoming face-off is going to be the first 50-over contest between both teams since they last met in the ICC World Cup 2019 in England. They have played four T20Is in the last four years where the biggest talking point has been the match-up between India's top-order and Pakistan bowling spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi.
The left-arm quick has visibly troubled the Indian batters, especially Rohit Sharma in the past years. So far, they have faced each other only thrice in international cricket. In Asia Cup 2018, which was a 50-over contest, Rohit scored 19 off 18 against Afridi en route to his match-winning century. However, the southpaw returned as a more mature bowler in the 2021 T20 World Cup in Dubai and dismissed the Indian captain for a golden duck. In their next face-off in T20 World Cup 2022, Rohit scored four runs off five balls.
In a bid to counter Afridi in the Asia Cup, Rohit has been training with a left-arm pacer in the Alur camp. The Indian batters batted in match simulations in a centre-wicket practice at the KSCA facility on Saturday where the captain asked Aniket Choudhary to bowl at him.
The 33-year-old southpaw has never played for India before, and may not have the skillset of Afridi but his presence would give an idea to the Indian batters of what the arch-rivals would bring to the table.
Meanwhile, former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar analysed Rohit's batting practice against Choudhary in the Alur nets.
“One doesn't get many chances to play from that angle because most of the teams have a right-hand attack and opening bowling pairs. However, the angle is very crucial keeping in mind where you want to play as a batsman because when a left-arm bowler bowls from close to the stumps and brings it inwards towards the right-hand batsman,” said Bangar on Star Sports.
“One should target the bowler, for that, the head position needs to be perfect and one needs to set himself and think of scoring runs between mid-off and mid-on/mid-wicket areas,” he added.
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Babar Azam Seems to Read Game Very Well
Former Australia cricketer Tom Moody opened up on the big comparison between batting maestro Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Babar Azam. The two batting icons will lock horns against each other in the high-octane clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the upcoming Asia Cup 2023. 28-year-old Babar is often compared to Kohli who is amongst the greatest batters to play the game of cricket. The Pakistan captain holds the top spot in ICC ODI Rankings as he has performed consistently well in the 50-over format for the past couple of years. The onus will be on him to help his team achieve glory in the upcoming multi-nation tournaments.
While Kohli regained his form last year during the Asia Cup and since then he has been scoring well across formats. The batting maestro has already scored a couple of centuries this year in ODIs.
Moody said that Babar reminds him of Kohli as the two approach the game the same way and play authentic cricket shots.
“I think absolutely he is. He does remind me very much of Virat Kohli, the way he goes about his business. He plays authentic cricket shots. He seems to understand, read the game very well, which Kohli has done for over a decade. He is a good chaser as well, like Virat Kohli has proven to be over many, many years," Moody said on Star Sports.
Moody feels that it's tough to pick who is going to have a better Asia Cup amongst the two as both of them will be under pressure to take their team over the line.
“So, there's so much likeness between the two and I wouldn't go as far as saying that Virat is gonna have a better Asia Cup than Babar Azam, but they both can have equal pressure on them and it's gonna be a delight to watch them both bat because they are box office,” he added.
India will start their Asia Cup campaign against Pakistan on September 2 as there are high chances that the two arch-rivals might face each other thrice in the tournament if they manage to reach the final.
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SA Legend Suggests Kohli at No
Legendary South Africa batter AB de Villiers feels that Virat Kohli is the perfect number 4 batter for India who can provide the right balance and keep the innings together in the upcoming mega tournaments. India are in a big dilemma regarding the number 4 spot ahead of the ODI World Cup as Shreyas Iyer has not played competitive cricket in the last 7-8 months and the upcoming Asia Cup will be the only platform for him to prove his fitness before the ICC World Cup.
It's not a new problem for India as they went through the same during the 2019 World Cup which hurt them in the semifinal against New Zealand. Several former players including Ravi Shastri have suggested Kohli at number 4 to get the right balance in the line-up.
De Villiers has also believed the same and said he will be a big supporter of that move.
“I would be a big supporter of that. I feel Virat is the perfect No. 4, can keep the innings together and play any kind of role in the middle order. I don't know whether he would like to do that role. But at the end of the day, if the team needs you to do something and play a role, you got to put your hand up and go for it," the South African great said on his YouTube channel.
The batting maestro has a decent batting record playing at Number 4 in ODIs as he scored 1767 runs in 42 matches at a sublime average of 55.21, with seven centuries.
In the past couple of years, India tried Shreyas Iyer and he managed to do well in the 20 matches he batted at the number 4 spot in which he scored 805 runs at 47.35 with two centuries and five fifties.
De Villiers also named his favourites for the upcoming continental tournament as he picked Sri Lanka as the underdogs.
“Pakistan and India are the favourites to win the Asia Cup. However, Sri Lanka have the ability to upset the bigger teams."
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What Is Common Between Virat Kohli And Shinchan
Virat Kohli, one of the finest cricketers in India has time and again impressed us with his exceptional batting skills. From scoring sixes to hitting fours, every time he is on the field, the crowd inadvertently erupts into loud cheers. Although Kohli is known for his cricketing skills, he also harbours another interesting trait. Keeping aside his on-field performances, Kohli occupies a special place in the hearts of Indian fans for his animated character. From showing his unflinching aggressive side on the field to making goofy faces, the cricket stalwart often leaves us entertained. On that note, a Twitter user has drawn similarities between Virat Kohli and Shinchan in a hilarious Twitter thread.
“Shinchan × Virat Kohli: A Thread" read the tweet. The carousel of pictures beautifully captures a parallel representation, demonstrating Virat Kohli's various moods with the popular cartoon character Shinchan. In the first picture, Kohli is seen flexing his muscles after performing a victorious feat on the field, just like Shinchan. His aggression in the picture is unmissable. In the following pictures, similar to Shinchan, Virat Kohli was seen doing his iconic finger-on-the-lip gesture, which transpired owing to a former rift between him and Gautam Gambhir.
Virat Kohli who is loved by fans all over the world, never fails to reciprocate their love as well. In a follow-up thread, the cricketer was seen gesturing a heart symbol with his hand, addressing the crowd.
Players also get frustrated when the result does not come out as desired. Almost as if imitating Shinchan, Kohli was seen exhibiting a similar irritated expression. The Twitter thread, much to the excitement of fans, further gave us a sneak peek at one of Kohli's childhood pictures. It captured the batter posing with hands on his hips.
Rember Shincahn's pet dog Sheero? Seems like Virat Kohli is also an animal lover like the much-loved cartoon character. One of the pictures shows the cricketer holding an adorable dog in his arms, which bore a striking resemblance to Sheero. Shinchan and his sister share a great bond together. Depicting a similar scenario, a picture showed Kohli looking at his daughter Vamika affectionately. Another photo that especially resonated with the masses was Kohli's epic tongue-out, goofy face. Interestingly, it was a perfect match with Shinchan making a funny face.
The Twitterati loved the similarities between Shinchan and Virat Kohli and filled the comments section with appreciatory remarks. While one user called it “Brilliant” another termed it as “Awesome.”
Which Virat Kohli mood is your favourite?
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When I Was Coach
Team India is facing a big conundrum in the middle order ahead of Asia Cup 2023 and ODI World Cup 2023 as there is still uncertainty over KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer's availability. The team management has tried several options in the middle order in recent times but they have yet not found an ideal combination. The number 4 conundrum is not a new thing in Indian cricket as they faced the same during the 2019 ODI World Cup after Ambati Rayudu was dropped from the squad.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri revealed that he had a chat with then-chief selector MSK Prasad for using Virat Kohli at number 4 during 2019 World Cup.
“If Virat has to bat at four, he will bat at four in the interest of the side. You know, there were times I thought of it. Even in the previous two World Cups, when I was coach in 2019, I thought I might have discussed that with MSK [Prasad] as well of him batting at four just to break that top heavy line up," Shastri told Star Sports.
The former coach pointed out that if the top-order fails then it's good to have a batter like Kohli at number 4 to stabilise the innings.
“You know, because if we lost two or three at the top, we were gone and it was proved so. Just for that experience… And if you look at Virat Kohli's record, he is good enough at number four," said Shastri.
The batting maestro has a decent batting record playing at Number 4 in ODIs as he scored 1767 runs in 42 matches at a sublime average of 55.21, with seven hundreds. However, it is unlikely for him to bat at number 4 in the upcoming multi-nation tournaments.
Meanwhile, in the past couple of years, India tried Shreyas Iyer and he managed to do well in the 20 matches he batted at the number 4 spot in which he scored 805 runs at 47.35 with two centuries and five fifties. However, his back injury has put uncertainty over his place in the World Cup squad. The stylish batter is currently undergoing rehab at the NCA and working hard to get fit for the Asia Cup and World Cup.
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Mentor Role is Also Going to be Expected of Him
As India finished their Test series against the West Indies with a 1-0 win, batting star Virat Kohli seemed to be returning to his best with a century in the 2nd Test. Kohli scored a solid half-century in the first Test in Dominica before bringing up his 29th hundred in the format in the second game.
India fast bowling legend Zaheer Khan expects the vastly experienced Kohli to perform another role at this stage of his international career.
Zaheer, who played 92 Tests and 200 ODIs, wants the former captain to take up the role as a mentor.
He thinks that Kohli can be a mentor to the younger crop of players like Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ishan Kishan.
“He (Kohli) should enjoy this part of the career where he's actually going to be guiding the likes of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan. That mentor role is also going to be expected of him at this stage in his career that's something that he does it anyways but you know that that's something that keeps you going and keeps you in the game," Zaheer said on JioCinema.
As Kohli marks his 500th appearance for India, he made the milestone even more special by notching up his 76th international century.
This marks Kohli's first overseas century since 2018 and he also went ahead of the legendary Jacques Kallis into fifth spot on the list of batters with the most runs in International cricket.
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Zaheer believes Kohli's enjoyment of the game will be crucial going forward.
“He's constantly involved in the game. I think that those aspects are going to be very important for him going forward. But it's good to see him in good space and scoring runs. And I think I think that's what he should just right now do," Zaheer said.
This might be a role that Kohli is already taking up to a certain degree having been spotted talking to Jaiswal in their nets session before the first Test.
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