‘Marriage of the year’ Kohli and Anushka tie knot in Italy

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Much awaited marriage of the year 2017 solemnise Monday. Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma got married in Italy ending weeks of frenzied speculation that they were getting hitched. “Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you,” the celebrity couple said, adding that it had been a “beautiful day”.
A statement sent to journalists said the wedding had been attended by close family and a few friends as “they wished their wedding to be a very private affair”. The ceremony was performed according to Hindu rituals, it added. Kohli and Sharma, both 29, posted different photos of themselves smiling together and dressed in colourful Indian wedding garb on their Twitter feeds late on Monday. The pastel pink outfits were created by acclaimed Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
The statement added that the couple will host a reception in New Delhi for relatives on December 21, followed by a celebration in Mumbai on December 26 to be attended by Bollywood stars and cricketers. Afterwards, Sharma will accompany Kohli to South Africa where he will prepare for India’s forthcoming tour there which is taking place early next year.
The statement added that after spending New Year’s Eve together Sharma will return to Mumbai in the first week of January to resume her acting commitments. They will live in the Worli district of Mumbai, the home of India’s Hindi film industry, it said. Last year, Kohli reportedly bought a luxury, sea-view apartment in the area for 340 million rupees ($5.3 million). The pair, dubbed “Virushka” by Indian media, are one of the highest profile couples in star-obsessed India. Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes and a huge star in the cricket-mad nation, and Sharma is one of the top actresses in the country’s multi-billion-dollar film industry. They started dating in 2013 after they met during the filming of a shampoo advert and made their first public appearance a year later during a football match. Indian newspapers have been gripped by their four-year relationship, which included a reported break-up in early 2016, and rumours of their impending nuptials started swirling recently.
They were triggered when Kohli pulled out of India’s limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka and Sharma also ducked out of her busy acting schedule in December. Then last week Sharma and her family were seen at Mumbai’s international airport, apparently heading for a European destination. Kohli has smashed numerous records throughout his illustrious career and recently became the first batsman to score six double Test centuries as a captain.
Sharma’s film credits include hit movies “Sultan” and “PK”. She won a national Filmfare Award for her role in “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” (As Long as I Live). Indian TV channels billed their vows as the “wedding of the year”. Stars from the world of Bollywood and cricket were quick to congratulate the new husband and wife. What is pretty much confirmed is that Virat Kohli has organised a grand reception in Mumbai on December 26, two days after the final game of the Sri Lanka tour, the third Twenty20 tie, is played in Mumbai.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials, Bollywood celebrities, many from the political fraternity and top personalities from the corporate world have been reportedly invited to the reception. The Indian team is due to leave for South Africa from Mumbai past midnight on December 27. The first Test starts in Cape Town on January 5. Rumours started swirling when Kohli pulled out of India’s limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka and Sharma also ducked out of her busy acting schedule in December. Indian TV channels have gone into overdrive over what they have billed as the “wedding of the year”. The celebrity couple and their families have reportedly flown out of India for the week-long celebrations. The Indian captain has said he needed to rest because of his “massive workload”, ahead of the national side’s tour of South Africa in January. Kohli and Sharma, both 29, started dating in 2013 after they met during the filming of a shampoo advert. The high-profile couple made their first public appearance a year later during a football match. Kohli is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes and a huge star in cricket-crazy India, and Sharma is one of the top actresses in the multi-billion-dollar Indian film industry. They are the latest in a list of Bollywood-cricket weddings. From former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore to the recent Zaheer Khan-Sagarika Ghatge union, India has a long history of marriages between cricket players and movie stars. Kohli and Sharma have been dating each other since 2013 after meeting during the shoot of a television commercial. Sharma has been seen attending India and Royal Challengers Bangalore games in recent years. She was often been seen travelling to New Zealand and Australia during the 2015 World Cup. Kohli has spoke highly of her during a recent interview in a web series saying it was Sharma who motivated him during difficult periods. “Anushka has taught me a lot over the last four years including how to be poised and how to utilise my position. She motivated me during my difficult phase when I wasn’t in the best form. And later, I ended up scoring runs. So it was a special thing for both of us,” he had said. Both were recently seen in a TV commercial for a second time, this time for a bridal clothing brand. Although Kohli and Sharma have often been spotted together in public, it wasn’t until Valentine’s Day earlier this year, that he publicly acknowledged the relationship.