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Virat Kohli named as Cricketer of the Year 2017 by ICC

Virat Kohli, on Thursday, was named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 and awarded the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy by the ICC.
Virat Kohli

India may have lost the Freedom series against South Africa, but Indian cricketer and captain Virat Kohli continues to shine. Kohli, on Thursday, was named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 and awarded the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy by the International Cricket Council (ICC). He was also named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2017 for the second time after he was given the same honour in 2012. Kohli was also declared as the captain of both ICC test and ODI teams. Australian Cricketer Steve Smith too bagged the top honour as the cricketer was declared as ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2017 for the second time.

Here’s a look at Kohli and Smith’s statistics:

– Steve Smith had a fantastic 2017 as the Australian scored six centuries in 11 tests and his average has been a staggering 76.76. He also registered his career best score of 239 runs against England at Perth in the Ashes series, which Australia won 4-0.

– Kohli, like Smith, has had a great year as well in test cricket. He slammed five centuries (three double centuries) in 10 matches with his batting average standing at 75.6. In ODI’s Kohli’s average was 76.8 in 26 matches.

Some others awards by ICC for the year 2017 are:

ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Hasan Ali

– Pakistan’s Hasan Ali put up a brilliant performance at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as the bowler took 13 wickets and steamrolled Team Pakistan in the finals of the tournament.

ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year: Rashid Khan

­- Afghanistan’s leg spinner Rashid Khan impressed the world in 2017 as the bowler took 43 ODI wickets in 16 matches and 17 wickets in 10 T20s at an economy rate of just 9.41.

ICC T20I Performance of the Year: Yuzvendra Chahal

– In 2017, Indian bowler Yuzvendra Chahal stunned England in a T20 match at Bengaluru, as he took six wickets conceding just 25 runs.

David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year: Marais Erasmus

– Former South African first-class cricketer and ICC umpire Marais Erasmus was declared as the ICC Umpire of the Year and the winner of the David Shepherd Trophy named after one of cricket’s most well-known umpires.

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Ananya is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business: Chunky Panday

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Chunky Panday

Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday starrer ‘Liger’ turned out to be a failure at the box office. It was Vijay’s debut in Bollywood and Ananya’s first bilingual film too. But the film didn’t shape up the way it was expected and even Ananya’s father-actor Chunky Panday agrees to it. 

Talking about Liger’s failure, Chunky expressed, “Any actor gives his or her 100 percent to a film. And after you finish it, you go out of your way to promote the film. And these days promotional activities are a trend where you even go into masses urging fans to watch it. But sometimes things go wrong and we are depressed about it. And it’s okay, that’s an obvious reaction for any actor to feel devastated. Success or failure can happen with any film, an artist has to live with it and just move on. I’m sure my daughter (Ananya) is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business.” 

Having said that, Chunky feels that one should not ‘overconfident’ or ‘underestimate’ anything in the film industry. “On a film set, almost around 400 people work. And as an actor, we don’t get to see each and every thing as a whole. We are aware of only portions of what’s happening but we don’t know what’s going to be the end result. So, it’s better to take things as they come,” Chunky stated.

Also read: Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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Sharman Joshi

Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman. 

But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.

Also read: Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana with Shah Rukh Khan and right in front of SRK’s house Mannat

Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.

The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture. 

Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.

Also read: I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana

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