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Posted at: Jun 19, 2019, 7:21 AM; last updated: Jun 19, 2019, 7:21 AM (IST)

Ranveer all-praise for Virat Kohli

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has praised star skipper Virat Kohli, saying he has changed the face of Indian cricket forever. Ranveer, who on Sunday made his commentary debut with Star Sports alongside cricket stars Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, shared a photograph of himself along with Kohli on Instagram. 

He captioned it: “I’ve been a die-hard fan of Indian cricket since childhood. Invested so much emotion into our beloved team. Willing and wanting them to be the undisputed best in the world. And then, there was Virat Kohli.”  The 33-year-old filmstar said he has “witnessed a brash boy evolve into the very embodiment of class”. 

“Displaying a rare brand of ferocity and passionate expression, he changed the face of Indian cricket forever. He’s well on his way to being hailed as the greatest of all time. Leading our country like a true alpha warrior,” Ranveer wrote of Virat, whom he gave a congratulatory hug after India won against Pakistan on Sunday.

The Padmaavat star also shared a series of photographs along with cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Brian Lara, Virendra Sehwag, K.L. Rahul and Hardik Pandya.  Ranveer is currently tied up with 83, a film based on India’s historic victory at the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He will be seen playing the role of Kapil Dev. 

Consoles a Pakistani fan 

Ranveer Singh’s on-field hug of Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not the only moment that created a social media frenzy. He also embraced a Pakistan fan and told him not be upset after his country’s team lost to India. In a video that is doing the rounds on the Internet, Ranveer is seen hugging the Pakistan fan.

“Put it there, man, put it there. There’s always a next time! Don’t be disheartened. You played well. Boys are dedicated, committed, professionals and they will be back,” the actor said in the video. The man in the video is London-based Aatif Nawaz. He tweeted: “Indian fans are nice. Thanks Ranveer.” — IANS

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