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First-of-its-kind Fanbox to give fans unprecedented access to the ace cricketer – Virat Kohli.

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MUMBAI, APRIL 25, 2016: Indian cricketer – Virat Kohli, Cornerstone Sport and Priviplex, a startup developing solutions for connecting global  celebrities with their fans, today launched Virat FanBox – the ultimate must-have kit for Virat‘s fans and admirers. It (Virat FanBox) offers direct and unprecedented access to Virat himself, both online and in real life, and is developed by PriviPlex in partnership with Virat Kohli.

The Virat FanBox comes loaded with the following features:

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  • A one-year subscription to Virat FanBox club, a highly-exclusive fan club that gives its members unprecedented access to Virat, both online and in real life.
  • Moto G Turbo Virat Kohli edition smartphone: a state-of-the-art smartphone carrying Virat‘s emblem, designed and manufactured by Motorola.
  • A miniature bat autographed by Virat Kohli.
  • A welcome letter signed by Virat Kohli.

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Speaking at the launch, Virat Kohli said, “As a cricketer, I feel genuinely blessed with all the love and support I get from my fans. The Virat FanBox is my endeavor to get closer to my fans than ever before; to connect and chat with them online and meet them in real life. I am excited and looking forward to engaging and interacting with the Virat FanBox club members via the app.”

The Virat FanBox membership is the best way for a fan to get up close and personal with Virat Kohli for the following reasons:

  • Virat will regularly share latest and exclusive updates with the club members on the Virat FanBox app.
  • Information and updates related to Virat will frequently be made available exclusively to Virat FanBox club members via the app.
  • Virat FanBox club members will get a chance to meet Virat in real life at special meet-ups across multiple cities in India.
  • Virat FanBox club members will get the opportunity to participate in live and private chats with Virat via the app.
  • Virat FanBox club members will get exciting rewards and offers on irresistible products and services for one year.

Upmanyu Misra, Co-founder of Priviplex said, “Virat shares a strong bond of love and trust with his legions of fans and we have developed the Virat FanBox to strengthen this bond even further. The FanBox will enable Virat to stay connected with his fans on a real-time basis.”

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Ahmed Arab, Co-founder of Priviplex said,”FanBox is a first-of-its-kind fan club membership concept. The direct access to Virat himself that the fans will get is unheard of. We are really excited to be the first company in the world to enable such intimacy between the fan and the celebrity.”

Moto G Turbo Virat Kohli Edition:

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe Virat emblem branded Moto G Turbo Edition is designed to match his fast pace. It comes with a TurboPower charger for quick charging, an ultra-fast Snapdragon Octacore processor,G LTE and IP67 rated protection to keep your phone safe from water and dust.

Amit Boni, General Manager, Motorola India said, “Motorola is glad to have partnered with Priviplex to help bring Virat‘s fans closer to him. We are certain that the specially designed Moto G Turbo in the Virat FanBox is going to give his fans a unparalleled mobile experience to connect with him on the go.”

The Virat FanBox is priced at INR 16,999/- and will be available for purchase from the first week of May. More information is available at viratfanbox.com.

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Starting their VIVO IPL Campaign in their stunning new jersey, Virat Kohli led – Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the toss and were put in to bat by Sunrisers Hyderabad and the home crowd at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium witnessed a runs galore later.

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Virat Kohli (Runs: 75, Balls: 51, Fours: 7 & Sixes: 3 At The Strike Rate Of 147.06) And AB de Villiers (Runs: 82, Balls: 42, Fours: 7, Sixes: 6 At The Strike Rate Of 195.24) Contributed 157 Runs Together For The 2nd Wicket Partnership.

BENGALURU: Sunrisers Hyderabad proved their decision of winning the toss and putting in Royal Challengers Bangalore by dismissing Chris Gayle cheaply at the early stage of the game but it seemed as if Skipper Virat Kohli had some other plans at the end.

Rubbing off the disappointment of missing out on Gayle Storm, the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium greeted their 360° Superstar – AB de Villiers and he paid them back by building a whooping 157 runs stand along with Virat Kohli.

There was no dull moment for Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers as the scoreboard was ticking at a decent rate. AB de Villiers scored a brilliant 82, which was followed by Virat Kohli‘s responsible knock of 75 runs.

Just when Sunrisers Hyderabad wished for a moment of peace after somehow getting the wickets of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli respectively, the pocket-sized dynamite – Sarfaraz Khan and experienced Watto tore their bowling attack by scoring a quick-fire 19 runs off 8 balls 35 runs off 10 balls respectively, which sailed Royal Challengers Bangalore to set a mammoth target of 228 runs.

Chasing a never-chased-before target was always a tough ask for Sunrisers Hyderabad and nobody seemed to be in the game for chasing it except their Captain – David Warner, who scored a lightening fast half-century but failed to stay till the end, which resulted in Royal Challengers Bangalore‘s 45 runs win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

  • VIRAT KOHLI AT THE POST-MATCH PRESENTATION:

“We lost the toss. Didn’t get to do what we wanted, see how the wicket played out. But it was a good effort to get close to 230. Bowlers did a very good job after they got off to a good start. Watson has that experience in the middle, and Warner‘s wicket helped. Rasool is a deceptive bowler, we saw in the nets that he was troubling the batters. His trajectory of the ball is such that he can fox the batsman with change of pace. Parvez was the standout bowler for me today. Chahal as well did a good job, he went for a few today but as long as he keeps getting me 2-3 wickets in the middle, it’s fine. AB was fantastic and we’ve had a big partnership in Bombay [last season] as well. He took the pressure off me and started hitting the ball like only he can. Pleasure playing with him.”

  • MAN OF THE MATCH – AB DE VILLIERS AT THE POST-MATCH PRESENTATION:

“Absolutely love playing here. The crowd always gets behind us. Pleasure batting with Virat and enjoyed myself. We love running between the wickets. I love batting at 3 and gives me time to read the game. I have been scratchy in the last few weeks, even in the nets I felt horrible. It comes down to what you do in the middle. The bowlers have played together for quite a few years. One or two guys, a guy like Shane Watson coming in and Milne, who has been injured for the last 2 years. All of a sudden it looks like a very good combination of youth and experience. Some very good signs for this season. Kolkata came back from 5 losses in a row, but it’s never happened again. So it’s important to start well. Hopefully we’ll take this into the next few games.”

Royal Challengers Bangalore are always known for starting off the tournament of high, but hope so this time, they will be able to keep up the moment throughout and erase that ‘chokers’ tag forced on them as the VIVO IPL progresses!

The second clash of VIVO Indian Premier League witnessed a low-scoring scenario as Kolkata Knight Riders put in Delhi Daredevils to bat first after winning the toss and later, wrapped them up at a handful score of just 98 runs with Andre Russell and Brad Hogg leading the pace and spin department from the front respectively.

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Andre Russell (Overs: 3, Maidens: 0, Runs: 24, Wickets: 3 At The Economy Rate Of 8.00)

KOLKATA: Breaching Kolkata Knight Riders at their fortress – Eden Gardens is one of the toughest thing to do and last night was no different when Captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and decided to put in Delhi Daredevils to bat first, knowing the conditions thoroughly and later what everyone witnessed was a disaster.

The start of Delhi Daredevils‘ innings was not as bad as it’s climax. Quinton de Kock started off well as he is known for but things never really seemed to be in DD‘s favor once they lost his wicket.

Kolkata Knight Riders‘ bowlers made sure that no batsman would be able to settle in and become a problem for them later. Even, Delhi Daredevils‘ batsmen were lacking that content to go there and score big for the team which helped to the cause for Skipper Gautam Gambhir and his knights.

Eden Gardens witnessed a perfect combo of pace and spin as Andre Russell and Brad Hogg ended up picking 3 wickets each. Credits to their supreme bowling which made sure that Delhi Daredevils don’t even manage to enter the three digits at Eden Gardens.

Chasing 99 was not at all a big task for Kolkata Knight Riders, looking at the way Knights walked in. The confidence on their faces and batting approach was visible. Gautam Gambhir and Robin Utthappa‘s 69-runs opening stand made things easier for Manish Pandey, who came in and finished off the things in style alongside Skipper Gambhir even before the end of 15th over.

Andre Russell was awarded as Man of the Match for his fiery seam bowling which earned him wonderful figures of 3-0-24-3 at an economy rate of 8.00!

  • MAN OF THE MATCH – ANDRE RUSSELL AT THE POST-MATCH PRESENTATION:

“We just have to adjust to any surface. That is where professionalism comes into play. It wasn’t the fastest of wickets, it wasn’t slow either. If I get a chance to bat, I’d go out there and do something destructive. When things are going your way, you need to find ways to stay up there. I thought the wicket wouldn’t spin that much, but credit to Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla for backing me up. Also, Captain and Uthappa played brilliantly as well.”

Skipper Gautam Gambhir looked delighted to kick-off his VIVO IPL campaign with a win and was in all praises for his spearhead – Andre Russell. “Russell got to Kolkata this morning and the way he started with the ball was commendable. He is a quality player for sure!”, he said.

Andre Russell has always been a worthy player to watch out for me. He has got some really good all-round skills which adds value to his side. It will be exciting to watch how he evolves with bat and bowl both as the tournament progresses!

The carnival of India‘s domestic season started with the much-awaited Maharashtrian derby between the defending Champions – Mumbai Indians and debutants – Rising Pune Supergiants on April 9th,  at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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Ajinkya Rahane (Runs: 66, Balls: 42, Fours: 7, Sixes: 3 At The Strike Rate Of 157.14)

MUMBAI: MS Dhoni led Rising Pune Supergiants made a sweet start to their IPL journey with their seamers restricting Mumbai Indians to mere 121 runs on their quota of 20 overs at their own fortress in which Harbhajan Singh being the top scorer with unbeaten 45 runs off just 30 balls.

Though the target looked quite easy-peasy considering Rising Pune Supergiants‘ efficient batting lineup, it was important for the top order to play responsibly in order to avoid disappointment in their maiden match.

Rising Pune Supergiants opened with the best openers of International standards namely Ajinkya Rahane and Faf du Plessis. Generally, Ajinkya Rahane is known for his calm and composed approach towards chasing targets for his team but to my surprise, he was in to win it from the start (to make up for his lagged knock in WT20 Semi-Final maybe!)

Ajinkya Rahane was a part of 78-opening stand with Faf du Plessis and made sure to stay in the middle till end for his team (Just the way he likes to do). He scored a clinical 66* from 42 balls which included 7 attractive fours and 3 glorious sixes at the whooping strike rate of 157.14!

  • MAN OF THE MATCH – AJINKYA RAHANE AT THE POST-MATCH PRESS PRESENTATION:

“I felt it was important to time the ball, When we were bowling, the ball was stopping and seaming a bit. It was important to take my time and finish the game. Track was two-paced, different to Wankhede wicket. It was holding and for the first six overs, it was doing a lot. Its been very good, couple of practice sessions. All world class players. All are match-winners, KP, Smith, Dhoni and we are trying to learn many things from them.”

Even Captain MS Dhoni was impressed with Ajinkya Rahane‘s  brilliant performance and praised him in the post-match presentation. “Always felt Rahane is brilliant where the ball comes on off the wickets. He is traditional and the way he finished it off was very good.” he said.

Ajinkya Rahane has always been impressive in Indian Premier League, this is like his forte in which no one can break him and this is what makes him a player to watch out as the tournament progresses. After all, this is just the start!

  • How It Started?

Well, As a Cricket-Addict person, I can do anything & everything to meet my Idols. I try to participate in each & every contest in which I can meet cricketers. Thanks To Akshata Tilwankar. Because of her, I came to know about Smaaash as She had won their previous contest to meet Virat Kohli, so I started following Smaaash‘s Twitter handle from that day & found out That many cricketers visit this awesome interactive sports centre, which is also known as ‘Mumbai Indians Ka Adda!’

  • About Smaaash’s Twitter Contest:

I was glued to the Twitter handle of Smaaash (@SmaaashLive) & was desperately waiting for their upcoming contests, finally, my wish became true & they tweeted ‘Twitterverse, there is a brand new contest coming up at 7pm. Stay tuned, you can’t miss this one.’ on Tuesday, 3rd September 2013, At About 5pm and as usual, I was all geared up to win this. At 7pm sharp, they posted the rules of the contest. The contest was 2 hours-long (From 7pm To 9pm) and the question was – ‘What will you do if you’re given 86 Million?’ and we had to tweet our answers with #For86Million(The official hashtag for this contest) For 2 long hours. Was eager to know about the prize of this contest, but they told that It Will Be A Surprise, But It Will Be BIG! and after reading it, I guessed that some big cricketer will make an entry To Smaaash Soon! So as Marathon Twitter Contest is my forte, I started to tweet, right from the word ‘Go!’ I was getting many retweets from them, that boosted my confidence, although there were many strong competitors, who were giving me a tough competition, one of them was Prakash Galani! Finally at 9pm, they announced the contest as closed & told that they’ll announce the winner soon. (NOTE: Only 1 Winner Had To Be Selected). Finally, I decided to have my dinner after so much of hard work! After dinner, I again kept an Eagles’s Eye on Smaaash’s Twitter handle for a short while & finally this tweet appeared at 10:20pm –> ‘Congratulations @onlyprathamesh, You have won #For86Million Contest. Kindly DM us your email ID.’ I DM’ed them my E-Mail ID & They DM’ed me back that You’ll Receive A Mail Regarding What You’ve Won By Tomorrow Morning.

  • Unlocking The Prize Mail!

I tried to guess my surprise throughout the night, but at the end, finished up guessing nothing! Finally the day arrived & I was glued to my Gmail account, but still there was no new mail in my inbox, finally I tweeted them, ‘@SmaaashLive Hey team, I’m waiting for my prize #For86Million!’ & a quick reply came from their side, @onlyprathamesh You will receive the mail shortly.’ I agreed & waited for another 5 hours, finally they DM’ed me, ‘We have sent a mail to your email ID regarding #For86Million contest prize, kindly confirm the receipt.’ I read that and rushed to my Gmail inbox right away & found a mail from SMAAASH Mumbai. and finally I discovered my #For86Million contest prize & guess what? It was #MeetWithSureshAtSmaaash on Sunday, 8th September 2013! I was quite excited but came to know that event has Been postponed to Tuesday, 10th September 2013.

  • A Day With Suresh Raina At Smaaash, Mumbai!

After a lot of patience, the event day finally arrived & I left Nashik at 5 AM in the morning, I reached Smaaash, Lower Parel At 10:25 AM, the winners were made assembled in the lawn area of this awesome interactive sports-centre. Me & my fellow winners were told that Suresh Raina can be here at any moment now, so we all were ready with the gifts & autograph materials & were waiting for him to reach. Finally, At 11:05 AM, the dashing superstar of Indian Cricket Team & Chennai Super Kings made his entry in the lawn area of Smaaash, where the winners were assembled! He came in, waved his hand to us & said, “Hi Guys!”, I excitedly stood up & greeted him! The winners were allowed to meet Suresh Raina one by one in a queue to avoid hullabaloo, which was a great management from the Smaaash team.

  • Conversation With Suresh Raina:

As, I was the only winner selected from the ‘Twitter’ platform, I was the last, but not the least to meet him!

“Hi, How are you?”, he asked by shaking hand with a cute smile on his face!

“I’m Fine!”, I replied.

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Then I presented him a pencil-sketch of His which I had prepared for him. While seeing the Sketch,

“I’ve made this sketch for you. Did you liked it?”, I questioned Him.

“Ya, Loved it bro, it’s superb!”. He replied.

“Glad you liked it.”, I said in a pleasant voice.

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As I Had Promised My Friends That I’ll Bring Them Raina’s Autograph, I Asked Him To Sign Some Photos For Me.

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He Also Signed My Sketch! [P.S.: I gifted him the similar sketch like this!]
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After The Gift & Signing Session, It Was Time To Say ‘Cheese!’

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After meeting all the winners, Suresh Raina was taken by the Smaaash officials to a journey of the different games/sports of Smaaash & he was seen enjoying there!

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When he came near the Smaaash Cricket Zone, I convinced him for another photograph & he said, Sure!

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After taking this pic., I waved a goodbye to Suresh Raina and left Smaaash with a special moment to cherish.

  • My Views On Suresh Raina After Meeting Him:

A totally simple & down-to-earth personality. He is a kind person & always ready to fulfill his every fan’s wish! Meeting him was an awesome experience for sure, Thanks to Smaaash!