Not very long ago, in the modern era of cricket, four batsmen were dubbed as the next big thing in international cricket. Touted as the 'Fab Four', Virat Kohli from India, Steve Smith from Australia, Joe Root from England and Kane Williamson from New Zealand appeared to be in the league of their own, leaving other batsmen looking like mediocre.
The popular quartet notched up hundreds, negated opposition bowlers under pressure and eventually thronged the ICC rankings in almost all the three formats. But, in the past few years, while Williamson and Root still continue doing what they do best, the race between the four stars has been narrowed down to two players with Kohli and Smith elevating their game a notch further.
Today, the debate of best batsmen in the world is often discussed keeping Kohli and Smith in mind. While their consistency with the willow has now made them the go-to-players of their respective teams, their personal duel to outperform each other has been a treat to watch for the cricket fans across the globe.
But, despite their individual rivalry, Kohli and Smith share a good rapport and have often lauded each other for their exploits on the field. Giving credit where it's due, the Australian captain recently disclosed how his biggest rival Kohli helped him in further enhancing his skills as a batsman.
"I look at some of the best players around the world and sometimes I do try and bat like them. Little bit of Virat and the way he plays spin, his hands and the way he hits the ball through the off-side. Probably learned a little bit out of that. I just try and learn. These guys are best players in the world for a reason. You try and get whatever you can out of them," Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
It was Smith's technique that he mastered after watching Kohli that helped him during Australia's tour of India in early 2017. Learning from Kohli's skills of negating spinners, Smith ended the Test series as the top run-scorer with 499 runs in four games at an average of 71.28 and three centuries to his name.
"In places like India, for instance, I open my hands up a little bit. I don't feel that I can get nicked off (caught behind the wicket) quite as easily in India as opposed to somewhere like Australia or South Africa," Smith said.
Apart from Kohli, Smith also revealed how he picked up a few tricks from the armory of Williamson and AB de Villiers. I've copied a bit of what AB de Villiers does. The way I go back and across to open myself up and set myself for the shots. More so when the ball is reversing. A few years ago I tried to bat like Kane Williamson and play the ball really late," the Australian captain claimed.
In the modern age where the ever-increasing level of competition often pins cricketers against each other, Smith's honesty in crediting the players - despite being his opponents - who've been responsible for his transformation as a batsman is laudable.
Remember that Canadian tourist who's roaming all around the country doing all the touristy stuff? Well, after channeling his inner Bollywood superstar, he's taking things to another level. First, he was just dressing the part, now he's started dancing and doing the bhangra. I feel like Justin Trudeau genuinely thinks he's in some grand Hindi movie, and he is bringing his best.
Or maybe, just maybe, he's doing it all as a huge national level audition so that he can make a transition from the Prime Minister of Canada to the biggest hero in Bollywood after his term ends. Shah Rukh Khan, you better watch out, he's coming for you.
After meeting all the Bollywood stars in a sherwani and doing 'seva' at the Golden Temple, Justin outdid himself last night by making a grand entrance just like the star he is. Dressed in yet another sherwani, he entered and started doing the bhangra before taking the stage at the event at Canada House in the national capital.
The whole venue honestly looked like a big, fat Punjabi wedding, complete with dhols and everything, and Justin seemed like that barati who's dancing in the front. His cool dance moves were very much appreciated by the crowd, going by their cheers, and it was really cool for us also to see his bhangra skills, which are better than a lot of desi guys here, if I may add.
Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau makes an entrance at the Canada house in New Delhi. Truly in the spirit of India. @DemocracyNewsL pic.twitter.com/ph19O7ysB4
— Rohit Gandhi (@rohitgandhi_) February 22, 2018
The beautiful video was captured and shared by journalist Rohit Gandhi from Democracy News Live, and everyone seems to just talk about that on Twitter since then. While it is the talk of the website, but not all reactions are positive.
Justin Trudeau just showed off his bhangra dance moves. Not sure people were impressed. pic.twitter.com/7vnUG9Nu5P
— Dhruva Jaishankar (@d_jaishankar) February 22, 2018
But, We Can Try, Can't We?
Can someone tell him Indians don't live like they are in a Bollywood set 24x7 @vidurkhanna
— Atirav Kapur (@atirav) February 22, 2018
This Guy Stole My Theory.
Are you serious @JustinTrudeau? Are you trying to get a feature role in a Bollywood film?
— Don Jacyshyn (@djacyshyn) February 22, 2018
Oh. My. God. What a fool.
— rositta (@wheresrosinow) February 22, 2018
Well, It's Basically Canadians Who Think He's Embarrassing Them.
Stop embarrassing ð¡ pic.twitter.com/Quv77rbnex
— Working Canadian (@Travellincanuck) February 22, 2018
— Eric Maginnis (@maginnis_eric) February 22, 2018
Come On People, Lighten Up.
OMFG... I am ashamed to say this man is our PM. pic.twitter.com/iDcO4Z7ymM
— RotorHead (@RotorHead124) February 22, 2018
Oooh Shots Fired.
Good to see this event had the foresight to book a clown for the kids!
— Digital Joe (@J010011113) February 22, 2018
People In Canada Just Want Us To Keep Him Here Only.
Please Please Please India keep him
— jacquie (@jacquie_1959) February 22, 2018
Now, That's An Interesting Proposition.
It's official, I think we should keep him. You can take ours https://t.co/sGs5kUyoRN
— Jairaj Singh (@JairajSinghR) February 22, 2018
But, For Now, Let's Just Appreciate The Bhangra Moves.
Damn, those are pretty awesome bhangra moves. Not easy to do. https://t.co/ic9jbd6EBK
— Krishan Partap Singh (@RaisinaSeries) February 22, 2018
Trudeau dancing Bhangra lmaoooooooooooo he dances it better than me
— Lexa (@xiaxiaxx) February 22, 2018
Shah Rukh Khan needs no introduction. He is one of those actors who is known and loved worldwide. So much so, that for some people abroad, SRK is what comes to their mind as soon as they hear the word Bollywood.
From Sophia the robot, to Hollywood actors like Hugh Jackman, the Badshah of Bollywood has earned a fan in celebrities of every country and age. But there is one celebrity who is pretty much obsessed with him. But the problem is that you can't see him.
Or maybe you can now.
If you still haven't got it (shame on you), it's John Cena you guys.
Time and again, John has made it evident that he looks up to Shah Rukh Khan and that his words have inspired him. And just like in the past, he posted yet another random picture of SRK with one of his quotes on Instagram and very casually left his Indian fans shook.
A post shared by John Cena (@johncena) on Feb 19, 2018 at 10:14am PST
Cena's account is as weird and random as it can get, as he is known for posting just about anything and everything that fancies him and that somehow includes a lot of 'India' related things.
Like this one of Rahul Dravid and his quote.
A post shared by John Cena (@johncena) on Dec 10, 2017 at 1:50am PST
Or this one with a 'Happy Republic Day' message on 26th January for his Indian fans.
A post shared by John Cena (@johncena) on Jan 26, 2018 at 6:59am PST
He also posted a picture of Aamir Khan once with no explanation or caption whatsoever.
A post shared by John Cena (@johncena) on Jan 24, 2018 at 7:31am PST
And of course, he has posted about SRK and his wise words previously too.
A post shared by John Cena (@johncena) on Jan 10, 2018 at 7:15am PST
The two have even indulged in a Twitter conversation last year and this was just what their fans needed.
It's clear that John Cena loves India and its people and now we only hope that SRK notices this too and fulfills our dream of seeing the two together.
Duck-Tales !!#INDvSA #SAvIND Rohit Sharma #Pandya
— Boring... (@graphicalcomic) 13 February 2018
Rohit Sharma is back to his best....His golden duck yet again proves that his talent is as rare as Aalia Bhat's mind. #INDvsSA
— Sameer Sharma (@samsmj77) 21 February 2018
Batsman Off day #RohitSharma golden duck.Bowler off day #Chahal half century.#INDvsSA
— Manoj Kumar Parija (@manoj_parija) 21 February 2018
Gone On Duck, Golden Duck. Rohit Sharma Is Back In Form. ððªð®ð³ #IndvSA #INDvsSA #SAvIND #SAvsIND
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) 21 February 2018