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Not Virat Kohli: Saqib Saleem clarifies he isn’t playing the cricket star in ‘Dishoom’

Mumbai: Actor Saqib Saleem, who plays a cricketer in the film Dishoom, says that he is not playing star cricketer Virat Kohli and was not offered that role but it was his own decision to model his character on him.

About reports that he is playing Virat in the film, Saqib said in an interview, “Of course he (the character) is a cricketer but not Virat Kohli. I’m a Virat Kohli fan and I really love how he plays his game, how passionate he is. And when I got this role, I thought because of the fact that he is my favourite cricketer, why don’t I make it around him. It has been a fun journey.”

Saqib Saleem isn't playing Virat Kohli on screen, although his character in 'Dishoom' has been modelled on the cricket icon. Images from News 18. Getty

“Cricket is my first love and I got the opportunity to become a cricketer; there are two passions of mine — acting and cricket — and I got to combine these two, so that was a good feeling,” Saqib added.

Saqib was a part of the Mumbai Heroes team in the Celebrity Cricket League. He was also a part of the under-19 team in Delhi, where he was brought up.

“I played a lot of cricket, watched a lot of videos of Virat and other cricketers, just tried to make him a soldier on a mission, like how Virat plays his game. When he is batting, it doesn’t seem that he will get out. We feel that even if we have to make 400 runs, Virat alone would make it. He has given us that confidence and I wanted to get that confidence into this character. I even had interactions with the director,” he said about his preparations for the role.

Dishoom also stars Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez and has been tagged as a “masala action comedy”, directed by Rohit Dhawan.

“It is a very intelligent commercial film; it has all the elements of a commercial film but there is an intelligence as well in it. I feel it is the best commercial film you will see in a long time because it is very well crafted, there is a good graph in the film,” he added.

Saqib added that though the hot weather during the shoot in Abu Dhabi was challenging, he actually enjoyed it as he likes shooting outdoors and in the sun.

Sunil Gavaskar joins Virat Kohli in the defense of Anushka Sharma, terms people trolling the actress ‘frustros’

New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has lambasted all those who troll Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma by linking her to Virat Kohli’s on-field performance after every India match, terming them “frustros” with no love in their lives.

His comments come close on the heels of Kohli himself hitting out against social media trolls for targetting Sharma by saying that those who blame her for anything negative in his cricket career should be ashamed of themselves.

“All I can say is that they are frustros. I don’t have an idea of the status of their relationship. But she is a lovely girl and they looked absolutely terrific together. And she brought a lot of stability in him at a time when he was just emerging as a lynchpin of India’s batting. He himself has said that she has brought a lot of positivity in his life and career,” Gavaskar told ‘NDTV’.

Sunil Gavaskar. AFP

The former captain felt Anushka has helped Kohli grow both as a human being and as a cricketer.

“For people to say that she was sitting in the stands and he got out. What would he get? he doesn’t get to see her if he gets out on the first ball. He can’t go out from the dressing room and meet her up over there. So, all I can say is they are frustros and they have no love in their lives, and therefore, they are taking it out on the poor girl, who has been there, been a support and backed him.

“In my opinion, she has only helped him grow as a human being and as a cricketer,” said Gavaskar.

Talking about Kohli’s cricketing brilliance, Gavaskar said the Delhi lad has shown that one doesn’t need to play slam bang cricket even in T20 format.

“He played cricketing shots (during his unbeaten 82 in India’s 161-run chase in a tense group encounter against Australia in Mohali to enter the last-four stage of World T20) and there was no wild slogging.

“The drives were absolutely breathtaking. Everything was so right about those shots. Also he has got the priceless gift of power and timing. And he plays correct cricket. He showed that you don’t have to play slam bang cricket in T20. You don’t have to look to hit the sixes. Four boundaries in an over he hit and then run brilliantly between the wickets and you got your 20 runs in an over,” he said.

Asked if Kohli getting the same amount of love and adulation in India as Sachin Tendulkar, Gavaskar said: “Yes, he is winning matches for India. He is pulling India out of tough situations. And the way he is playing the game…very attractively. So no surprise that he is getting the adulation and admiration of not just the Indian cricket loving public but just about everybody world around.”

Gavaskar believes that Kohli can get even better.

“A batsman’s peak years is from the period between 26 to 33. And he is only 27, so for the next 7-8 years…my sincere advice to bowlers is either take up wicket-keeping or batting,” joked the legendary batsman.