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Indian all format Captain-Virat Kohli’s brand value is likely to have gone up by 20-25% after appointed Captain of India’s T20I and One Day International team. And it might have a big chance to increase his brand value if he is going like that for upcoming few years, said by the sports marketing executives.

According to the October 2016 report by Duff & Phelps of India’s most valuable celebrity brands, Virat Kohli’s brand value holds on $92 million which is only second to Shahrukh Khan whose brand value is $131 million.

In the previous few years, Kohli scored consecutive four hundred in four consecutive series. From the last year, Kohli scored the most Test runs (1206) in home compare any Indian player.

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If Virat Kohli will play like previous Test matches, then it will be guaranteed that he will cross Smith record who currently holds the top place of ICC Test batsman ranking. From the present record, Kohli’s point is 895 where Smith’s is 933. For the India, Sunil Gavaskar is the only player to cross 900 points and legendary Sachin’s highest reached record was 895.

Virat Kohli

“Performance improves the perceived value of a brand ambassador,” said Tuhin Mishra.

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“The moment Virat Kohli became captain of ODI and T20, his value would have gone up by 20-25% as is the norm,” he added.

Director of Duff & Phelps, Aviral Jain said, “The track record of a sports player has a direct bearing on his attractiveness as a brand endorser. Given the consistent and unbeatable record of Virat Kohli, companies that want to position themselves as a market winner will look to sign him on as a brand ambassador.”

“Like in the case of any product or service brand, a brand ambassador’s value goes up with better performance. Better performance means the greater number of eyeballs, increased awareness and increase in acreage in print (coverage),” added Kiran Khalap, co-founder, Chlorophyll Brand, and Communications Consultancy.

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Founder and chief executive of CAA Kwan, Anirban Das Blah said, “We are not far from the day when Kohli could easily be the most expensive brand ambassador in the history of endorsements in India, and justifiably so.”

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England Test captain Joe Root feels that Australian captain Steve Smith and Indian captain Virat Kohli have gone on to bigger and better things and taken their game to the next level after assuming responsibility of leading their teams.

Root said that the type of form motivates him to his Indian and Australian counterparts. He wanted to show an example for the rest of the team by performing his batting to the nest level, like Smith and Kohli.

Root has a striking batting average of 53 in Tests, Kohli’s average over 67 as captain and 41 as non-captain, Smith’s average before captain 53 and after skipper 71.

The 26-years-old England captain Root said on Wednesday at his Headingley home ground, “That excites me. It’s a great motivator to make sure I do everything I can to get my batting in the best place possible and set the example for the rest of the guys in the team.”


He added saying “You look at other guys who’ve taken similar roles like Virat and Steve Smith and they’ve gone on to bigger and better things and taken their game to the next level. I don’t see why I can’t look at it in the same light.”

“It’s a great opportunity to take that added responsibility and really motivate me to get better. Every kid dreams of being England captain one day. I’m just really looking forward to getting my teeth into it and putting my mark on things.”

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Root said that accepting the captaincy, he had no hesitation when he offered by England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss. “I think it’s the biggest honour in the game, simple as that.”

Strauss predict an initial rise in the form of Root and also regular in all three international formats. “When you get to the end of a captaincy career, you look at Alastair Cook and talk about him feeling a bit drained. The opposite is also true. Early on in your captaincy career, it’s incredibly energising,” said Strauss.


“You walk a bit taller, you are passionate about taking the team forward, and you want to contribute to winning games of cricket. We’ve seen with a lot of captains that it’s had a really positive effect on their game generally. There’s no reason why that wouldn’t happen to Joe for the next 18 months. And it’s 18 very important months for both him and the England team,” he added.

Root said about his promotion to as captain, “It’s a good opportunity to give something back to the game that has given me so much. I’m very lucky to have inherited an exciting team with a great blend of experience, raw talent and a core group of players who have played 20-30 games and are ready to take some more responsibility,” he said.

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“I’d like to be a captain that wins, tough to play against, and I like to hope we’ll play cricket that is enjoyable to watch. It should be entertaining Test cricket and that’s something I want to get across to the team and the people watching,” he added.

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Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, the Indian team has destroyed all the visitor team in the home during 2015 Sri Lanka Test series and raised Indian team to the top of the ICC Test ranking list. Team India won all the Test series from 2014-15 Sri Lanka’s Test series.

Captain Steve Smith knows that their upcoming Test series will be one of the toughest Test for them. From 2016’s September India rushed out England and New Zealand in a clean sweep.

On Monday Steve Smith said – Virat Kohli is a threat for Australia. Before him, Mike Hussy also said the same statement. But Hussy suggests Smith that don’t sledge him, act with him as a player.

“We are very excited about this tour, it is going to be a difficult challenge,” Smith said while addressing the media in Mumbai on Tuesday.

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“India are a very good team, we have prepared very well, and hopefully the players can be successful,” he added.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith said about the gaming plans that will for the Indian Test series, “We are trying to form a game plan. Obviously, I am not going to tell you about it. He is a world-class player and is batting very well, has got four double hundreds in his last four series. He is a key player for India, but they have a strong top six.”

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Australian Captain said that on the India peach, both the spinner and pacer would be challenging for any visitor team, that’s why England and New Zealand batsman couldn’t manage to stand for a long time in front on Indian bowler.

“It is not only spinners; but they also have some great fast bowlers.”

For the Indian tour, Australia has hired India left-arm spinner Sridharan Sriram, who has played eight One-Day Internationals (ODI) before going to India.

“Sriram and Monty tried to explain how to play spinners better,” said coach Lehmann.

“That will be the key to success, but we know they have quality seamers as well,” he added.

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Virat Kohli

On the on-going Test match against Bangladesh, the 28-years-old Indian captain Virat Kohli smashed 204 runs on the second day of the Test Match from just 246 balls with 82.89 stick rate and also made another above 200 run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane. That was noted as a world record.

Indian Captain said, “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.”

Kohli said when he asked about his huger ness of run, “I have always wanted to play long innings, and my first seven or eight hundred 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.”

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The Delhi stylish boy said, “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. 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 until the time the team needs to.”

Virat Kohli

Kohli replied when he asked about the consistency of his batting form, “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.”

“I think mentally you need to focus and think about what you are going to do in the game. Switching to different formats is the need of the hour in these days’ cricket. I certainly want to contribute in all three formats. That has always been the mindset, and I have to prepare in a certain way. It is more mental than going into the nets,” he added.

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After his double hundred on Hyderabad, Kohli said – that pitch is not so testing one like others.

Kohli said, “The wicket was very good to bat on, to be honest. It was not as testing wicket as other wickets that I scored double centuries on. I think the focus was only to follow my intent but at the same time be careful regarding choosing my shots. Luckily I struck a right balance in this particular innings, and it feels good to have a big score.”

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Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said that he feels India skipper Virat Kohli is the best one-day batsman in the world. However, it is not yet period to named him as great of the five-day format.

When asked by media ‘Sydney Morning Herald,’ Ponting said “Is he the best batsman in the world? Yeah, he probably is. I thought he was six or seven months ago and he’s probably taken it to another level since then.”

Kohli had excellent formats in 2016 as Test captain led India to comprehensives victory against the West Indies, New Zealand, and England before taking over the captaincy of limited overs.

The 42-years-old former Australian captain said that captaincy in all formats would help Kohli. “Is it too premature to call him the best ever? You can probably say that right now as far as his one-day cricket is concerned.”


“His one-day record is outstanding and probably better than anybody that’s ever played the game given how many hundreds (27) he’s made but let’s give him a few years yet in the Test series side of things,” he said.

“It’s too early yet to be taking about him being one of the greats. I think the great players we always talk about – the Tendulkars, the Laras, the Kallises – those guys played 120, 130-200 Test matches. Virat’s not even halfway along that path,” added former Australian skipper.

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Ponting said about the upcoming tour of India; he said “The one thing about Virat Kohli is whenever there’s any confrontation, he does get a little bit outside of his comfort zone. You can see that he gets ultra-aggressive, which may be a good thing for him or maybe good for the opposition. We will wait and see what happens.”


“I think he’s a similar sort of character to me as well. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s pretty animated. He’s a very aggressive player. One thing I learnt about playing in India is the momentum that the home team can create, you have to try and stop that.”

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“Someone like Virat, you have to take his boundary-scoring areas away and make him score his runs in different areas or make him bat for a longer time to make his runs,” he added.

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After India had hit England in all the three formats of the game on their tour of the country, Captain Kohli at present expressed about the recent series as an unforgettable one with lots of positives for the national cricket team going forward.

Kohli told after they beat England by 75 runs in the third and final T20I match in Bangalore. “It’s a memorable series win for us, the whole tour. It’s been a brilliant couple of months for the Indian team, going forward we know exactly what to do in each format.”

India defeats England at 4-0 in the five-match Test series, 2-1 in the three-game ODI challenge before confirming a 2-1 win in three T20I matches.


Virat Kohli Honour his Senior Players MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh

Captain Virat Kohli respect to his top players Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh because of their help in limited over series.

The 28-years-old India’s captain said that “It’s not a bad thing when you have MS Dhoni behind the stumps and experienced guys like Ashu bhai (Ashish Nehra) and Yuvi pa (Yuvraj Singh).”

“I am new to limited overs cricket and they have been around long before me. I’m taking advice from them whenever possible, they’re so intelligent, a lot of credit goes to them.”

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Flattering Dhoni, Kohli said, “I wanted to send (Dhoni) up the order, he’s the one who says he’ll come in later, that will give the team better balance. Come the big game, even in the one-day series, series decider, he stepped up, and he stepped up again today. He is priceless.”


Kohli said about Yuzvendra Chahal that “He (Chahal) knows these conditions (as he plays Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL), he knows how to bowl here, he knows the length. I have a lot of faith in him, and he plays with a lot of confidence. He has a lot of skill and he has the character as well.”

“Having two leg-spinners on a dry wicket, we always knew we would get a few chances. Mishy (Amit Mishra) started it, and then Chahal took five wickets in two overs. Mishra’s two overs and that one over from Jordan to Yuvi, that changed the momentum. It pushed us past 200, and that gave us the psychological advantage,” he added.

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When asked about the atmosphere of Chinnaswamy Stadium, Kohli said “Coming back here after a while, a long time since we played the IPL final here. The occasion demanded us to be at our very best. We lost all three tosses, similar to the Test series as well, and we’ve won all three series.”

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli defeats the match winning attempt of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, saying the ‘greats’ showed why they were essential to the team’s development.

Yuvraj and Dhoni smashed uplifting hundreds to help India post 381 for six after being 25 for three in the fifth over. Both shared 256 run stands for the fourth wicket.


What Kohli said after Defeats England by 15 runs?

The 28-years-old Indian skipper said after defeats England by 15 runs “We were wondering if we had a good start were we would have ended up…it wasn’t good batting early on. Two of the greats stood up, that is what the team management envisioned (the prospect of both Yuvraj and Dhoni in the playing eleven).”

“Getting 381 from 25 for 3 was outstanding. We knew we’d get wickets at some stage or the other but we bowled at the more difficult part of the day. The guys showed really good character. We pulled it back nicely in the end.”

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Kohli added “Having won the series, just before the Champions Trophy, the key will be for us to express ourselves and work out what is the best opening partnership. Two guys who had a really good Test series (Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin) stepped up and had we not picked up those wickets I don’t know where the game would have gone. I’d say we are only at 75 percent of our potential. We hope to play to our full potential in Kolkata.”


“International Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh said about the performance in the domestic season “In the domestic season I’ve been hitting the ball well.”

“Me and MS understood the situation; we had to start again. I was trying to hit the ball down the ground and once we got going I thought we started to attack at the right time.”

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Singh added “We just wanted to get one partnership going then we were able to play a lot of shots. We were thinking 340-350. It’s probably by best innings. I started as a lower-order batsman, the higher you bat the more balls you get to play – 150 was a target for me.”

“I wanted to prove a point to myself. I knew it was coming. Diet has been the key, when you pass 30 you have to work harder at your fitness.”

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ODIs and T20Is Indian Captain Virat Kohli was an honour to his young player Kedar Jadhav for his ‘outstanding’ knock of 76-balls 120 in the first ODI against England, saying that it as one of the best calculating innings he had seen.

Last night Kohli (122 of 105 balls) and Jadhav, whose 120 was his career-best, smashed excellent hundreds to help India pursue down the stiff target of 351 for a three-wicket win in the first of the three-match ODI series.

According to the sources, captain Kohli stated at the post-match press conference that “One word for it is outstanding. He (Jadhav) put a lot of pressure into the spinners. It was one of the best calculative innings I have seen, 150 strike rates were outstanding. Some of the shots he played. He told it was instinctive. I could not believe.”


Kohli and Jadhav made a together partnership of 200 runs for the fifth wicket to set up the platform for the win. Jadhav hit four sixes and 12 fours in his effective innings of over 150 strike rate.

“Just to have another guy who is willing to do from any situation, to keep pushing, knew how exactly to bat on this pitch which was even better to bat on in the second innings. His shots were all clean, not slogs, and that’s way to bat at number 6. Was glad I was out there with him,” said Kohli.

The 28-years-old Indian captain said Jadhav was disheartened that he could not get the team past the victory line against New Zealand in the earlier ODI series. “He was disheartened versus New Zealand that he could not get the team across the line. I told him there was no point thinking what you could have done and told him to keep pushing hard,” said Kohli.


When he asked about the tackle looking like a hopeless situation, the captain said, “We spoke about how to tackle that situation and decided it the best way was a counterattack. No wickets had been lost to good balls; we committed errors and the wicket was better to bat in the second innings. The ball travels very far.”

“We could hit sixes to put pressure on the opposition. It’s one of the best partnerships I have been part of. We have chased 350 before but not from 63/4. We believed in the Test series we could win from any situation. This was the same,” he added.


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