Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are probably taking the big leap. If sources are to be believed, the couple is soon to fly off to Milan for their cosy Italian wedding. The wedding date is to take place sometime within December 9 and 12, tentatively. Virat and Anushka's wedding reception might take place in Mumbai on December 23.
Anushka Sharma's spokesperson, however, refuted all rumours. "There is absolutely no truth to it," Anushka's spokesperson told PTI yesterday.
Over the last four years that Virat and Anushka have been together, their fans have waited with bated breath to see the couple finally tying the knot. In December 2016 too, rumours of Virat and Anushka's wedding made news. But it all turned out to be a false alarm.
So are Virat and Anushka actually getting married next week?
While neither Virat nor Anushka has cleared the air yet, several hints point at an Italian wedding sometime next week.
Sources told India Today Television that the couple is taking their relationship to the next level. Reason? Virat's friends and family have booked their tickets to Milan. Anushka's trosseau is supposedly being handled by designer Sabyasachi, who was seen leaving the actress's house a few days ago. A place has been booked in Milan for three days, from December 9 to 12.
Virat's childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, who is also the coach of the Under-23 Delhi team, has excused himself from a crucial match on December 7, citing a wedding. When asked whose wedding he was attending, he said that his 'nephew' was getting married.
Are they getting married, are they not - we will have to wait a few days to know the truth. But the fact that marriage is on the cards for the two, is quite understandable.
On his part, Virat Kohli has gone out of his way to profess his love for Anushka several times in the past, and set some indomitable boyfriend goals. Take a look.
AT THE AIRPORT
The paparazzi have clicked Virat and Anushka together at the airport many times in the last couple of years. Virat has been seen holding Anushka's hand and steering her out of the way of clicking shutters. Every time Virat and Anushka fly off on a holiday, photographers make sure they manage to come back from the airport with cute photos of the couple.
PDA ON INSTAGRAM
The first time the country saw Virat Kohli opening up on his relationship status was when trolls began blaming Anushka for the cricketer's poor performance on the field. Virat's poignant note struck a chord with all, and the troll-attack subsided.
Virat first shared a meme with the caption, "Sharing this for the caption under the picture. This is for the trollers and the weak ones who hide and make fun of people and intend to start 'trending'. Use that energy to make something out of your life. It's precious. Making fun of someone is the easiest job out there. I guess they just like it easy in life. I feel bad for them. (sic)"
Sharing this for the caption under the picture. This is for the trollers and the weak ones who hide and make fun of people and intend to start 'trending'. Use that energy to make something out of your life. It's precious. Making fun of someone is the easiest job out there. I guess they just like it easy in life. I feel bad for them.
A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Mar 25, 2016 at 6:52am PDT
And then came the hard-hitting post, "Shame on those people who have been having a go at anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated. Shame on blaming and making fun of her when she has no control over what i do with my sport. If anything she has only motivated and given me more positivity. This was long time coming. Shame on these people that hide and take a dig. And i dont need any respect for this post. Have some compassion and respect her. Think of how your sister or girlfriend or wife would feel if someone trolled them and very conveniently rubbished them in public. #nocompassion#nocommonsense (sic)"
Shame on those people who have been having a go at anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated. Shame on blaming and making fun of her when she has no control over what i do with my sport. If anything she has only motivated and given me more positivity. This was long time coming. Shame on these people that hide and take a dig. And i dont need any respect for this post. Have some compassion and respect her. Think of how your sister or girlfriend or wife would feel if someone trolled them and very conveniently rubbished them in public. #nocompassion#nocommonsense
A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Mar 28, 2016 at 1:44am PDT
Virat then changed his display picture on Instagram to one with Anushka in it. And ever since, Kohli's account has had a photo of the couple as its display picture.
In addition to that, several times in the past, Virat has given his and Anushka's fans something to be happy about: photos of the couple.
On Valentine's Day this year, Virat posted an astoundingly adorable message for Anushka, "Everyday is a valentine day if you want it to be. You make everyday seem like one for me (sic)"
Everyday is a valentine day if you want it to be. You make everyday seem like one for me â�¤â�¤. @anushkasharma
A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Feb 14, 2017 at 11:33pm PST
Then came his heartwarming post, on Women's Day this year, "Happy women's day to every woman out there, but specially to the two strongest women in my life. My mom for looking after the family in toughest times in life and @anushkasharma for fighting against the odds regularly and standing up for righteousness and changing the norms #happywomenday (sic)"
Happy women's day to every woman out there, but specially to the two strongest women in my life. My mom for looking after the family in toughest times in life and @anushkasharma for fighting against the odds regularly and standing up for righteousness and changing the norms â�¤#happywomenday
A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Mar 7, 2017 at 8:28pm PST
On July 12, came another sweet post from Virat.
Much needed break with my â�¤
A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jul 12, 2017 at 8:56am PDT
WEDDINGS, ADS AND EVENTS
Over the last few years, Virat and Anushka have made frequent public appearances together. Be it Virat's teammates' weddings or the Indian Cricket Team-only screening of Sachin Tendulkar 's biopic, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, 'Virushka' (the moniker that Virat and Anushka's fans have coined for them) entered and left the venues hand-in-hand, leaving people with wide smiles on their faces.
As recently as last month, during cricketer Zaheer Khan and actress Sagarika Ghatge's wedding reception, Virat and Anushka were snapped in perfectly coordinated outfits and burnt the dance floor with their bhangra.
The much-talked-about ad that Virat and Anushka appeared in a few months ago, too, set gossip mills on fire. The ad for an Indian designerwear line that Virat Kohli was the menswear brand ambassador of, now has Anushka as the face of its womenswear. The commercial brought out the actor in Virat too, sparking rumours that the cricketer will soon be signing his first film!
Virat has not held back when to comes to pouring out his emotions for Anushka in public. His stance on his relationship, especially over the last couple of years, has been exceptionally open. He has not shied away from telling the media, and the world, that he loves Anushka, and that she has made him a better person and more.
In 2015, Virat spoke about his relationship with Anushka in an interview to a newspaper, "I believe in my relationship. I trust my relationship. I trust her. I trust in my relationship with her. That's why I spoke to the Board and persons concerned about my relationship and tried to make them realise why I need her to be with me during such an important tour. I conveyed my feelings about her to the people who needed to be informed. And they respected my decision. They respected the fact that I respect my relationship. At a human level, people understand when you try to be honest about a relationship. She is a part of my daily life. And that's a fact. That is a major part of my life. People need to understand that."
And went on to add, "Anushka acts as a big motivation for me. She is one person in my life who keeps me very calm. There are very few people in my life that I can sit down and listen to. She is one of them. I listen to her calmly about everything she says. She makes me understand if I make a mistake, if I am doing something wrong. She gives me that calm feeling. She gives me that assurance. And I know she will always support me, no matter what. That's a big thing for me. So when I see her cheering for me at the ground, it obviously makes me feel special. It gives me more strength, makes me feel calmer... it's like an emotional support. Once you get that you don't need to think about anything else. Because once you are feeling the emotional support, you are feeling so confident that you can go out there and conquer. You know there is someone sitting out there to support you always. And Anushka is a very special part of my life. I love the fact that she comes and supports me when I play."
In July this year, Virat told a channel, "I was in Mohali and there was a Test series going on. I was with Anushka then, she had come to visit me. Surprisingly, when I became the Test captain then also she was in Melbourne with me. That was a very special moment we shared together."
When MS Dhoni announced that he would no longer be leading India in ODIs, and passed the baton on to Virat, the latter said that the moment became even more special for him because he was able to share it with Anushka.
He also shared an emotional moment, "During the Mohali Test, they had spoken to me already. When I hung up the phone and told her, for me it was like a flashback. From the moment I started playing in my academy till the Mohali game. I was emotional. I was in tears because I had never thought that I will see this day. What was more beautiful was that, I was able to share it with Anushka. It was something that I will always remember."
Last month, Virat told Gaurav Kapoor on his chat show, "I've learnt a lot, become more sensible in the last four years all because of her (Anushka). She's taught me how to be more patient and taught me how to utilise the position you are in to the fullest."
"Luckily I have never tried to change myself over the years. But the flip has been because of her. That period in England in 2014. Anushka was there in my life, she understood what I was going through so she kept me motivated. Her support helped me push through, however bad it was for me. She was a constant in that time... And then Australia happened (the tour in 2014-15 when Kohli scored four hundreds in four Tests) and I ended up scoring runs, in her presence. So it was a special thing for both of us because she also faced a lot of flak. We were being criticised and people were saying this is what happens when you allow girlfriends on the tour. I thought, 'if you don't think this is right, then no one can be in a relationship'. According to you all - either get married or remain single. How can that be?" asked Virat on the chat show.
Kohli also credited fellow cricketer Zaheer Khan for advising him to not hide his relationship with Anushka.
"A very big reason behind me not hiding my relationship is Mr. Zaheer Khan. Luckily he was one of the first guys I spoke to about this and he said whatever you do don't try to hide it because you'll stress yourself. And on top of that you're in a relationship, you're not doing anything wrong. I'm actually very grateful that my first interaction about this was with Zak. And he told me the right thing to do so I've followed it ever since," said Virat.
Will they finally tie the knot before the end of 2017? We will need to wait a few more days to know!
(The writer tweets as @ananya116)
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