Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Singer, Is Dead at 41


Chester Bennington, the ferocious lead singer for the platinum-selling hard rock band Linkin Park, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 41.

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Brian Elias, the chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, confirmed the death, in Palos Verdes Estates, and said it was being investigated as a possible suicide after law enforcement authorities responded to a call shortly after 9 a.m.

Mr. Bennington, who was known for his piercing scream and free-flowing anguish, released seven albums with Linkin Park. The most recent, “One More Light,” arrived in May and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. The band was scheduled to start a tour with a concert on July 27 in Mansfield, Mass.

Mike Shinoda, one of Linkin Park’s founders, spoke on behalf of the group in a tweet. “Shocked and heartbroken,” he wrote, adding that the band would issue a statement.

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Mr. Bennington also performed in a side project, Dead by Sunrise, and joined Stone Temple Pilots as its lead singer after the band split with the vocalist Scott Weiland in 2013.

In May, he responded to the suicide by hanging of his friend the singer Chris Cornell in a note he shared on social media. “I can’t imagine a world without you in it,” he wrote. “I pray you find peace in the next life.” (Mr. Bennington also performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Mr. Cornell’s funeral. Mr. Cornell would have turned 53 on Thursday.)

A week later, he posted a series of positive tweets, including one about being artistically inspired: “Feeling very creative this last week. I’ve written 6 songs and I’m happy with all of them. Just getting started.” He added the emoji for the devil-horns hand gesture.

But Mr. Bennington had been open about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, which had fueled many of his biggest hits with Linkin Park.

“I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain, so to speak, and kind of being able to vent it through my music,” he said in a 2009 interview with the website Noisecreep. “I don’t have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That’s who I am, and I’m kind of lucky in a lot of ways ′cause I get to do something about it.”

On “Crawling” — one of the band’s defining singles from its debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” which went on to sell more than 11 million copies in the United States — Mr. Bennington sings: “There’s something inside me that pulls beneath the surface / Consuming, confusing / This lack of self-control I fear is never ending.”

The song, he said later, was “about feeling like I had no control over myself in terms of drugs and alcohol.”

“That feeling,” he added, “being able to write about it, sing about it, that song, those words sold millions of records, I won a Grammy, I made a lot of money.”

Still, as the group’s career progressed, Mr. Bennington was adamant that he would remain transparent in his music about his personal ups and downs. The recording studio, he told Rock Sound, “is not a safe place for me to be unless I’m doing what I need to do — taking care of myself, being real, being open, getting it out, taking all the steps to make myself whole.”

“If it wasn’t for music I’d be dead,” he added. “One hundred percent.”

Chester Charles Bennington was born on March 20, 1976, in Phoenix, the youngest of four children. His mother was a nurse and his father a local police detective prone to pulling double shifts. Mr. Bennington described his childhood as unhappy, citing his parents’ divorce when he was 11 and frequent molestation by an older friend, beginning when Mr. Bennington was “about 7 or 8” and continuing until he was 13.

“It destroyed my self-confidence,” he said of the abuse in an interview with Kerrang! magazine in 2008. “Like most people, I was too afraid to say anything. I didn’t want people to think I was gay or that I was lying. It was a horrible experience.”

Mr. Bennington found solace in writing angst-filled poetry, in drawing and eventually in music; he cited Stone Temple Pilots and Depeche Mode as two of his earliest influences. As a teenager, he started his first band, Grey Daze, and gained something of a local following in the wake of the grunge explosion.

At 23, Mr. Bennington was married and working in an unfulfilling job when a music industry acquaintance sent him a demo by the band Xero, featuring Mr. Shinoda, a California rapper and songwriter interested in mixing hip-hop and rock sounds.

“I never pretended I could carry the vocals on my own,” Mr. Shinoda told Kerrang! “I had these great melodies in my head, and I couldn’t get them across. I wanted to find someone who could do them justice.”

After he auditioned an array of vocalists, he gave the job to Mr. Bennington, who had already recorded himself singing over the band’s early work. Together they became Linkin Park.

“Hybrid Theory” was released by Warner Bros. Records on Oct. 24, 2000, at the peak of the teen-pop mania fueled by Britney Spears and ’N Sync. Despite its rougher edges, the album’s raw emotion and radio-ready hooks found a mass audience — and a fair amount of critical derision — as part of the growing nu-metal boom led by acts like Korn and Limp Bizkit.

Mr. Bennington’s worldview could be bleak and his lyrics self-lacerating, but his honesty and the steeliness of his vocals on tender subjects bred fierce loyalty in the band’s listeners.

Though the band was popular among the headbangers of Ozzfest and the annual “Family Values” tour, it never shied from its pop sensibilities, as Mr. Bennington shifted easily between belting and growling. “In the End,” with his soaring chorus, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001.

Linkin Park pushed even further into the rap and pop realms on its 2003 follow-up, “Meteora,” which sold four million copies. The band even collaborated with Jay-Z on the platinum mash-up album “Collision Course” the next year. The band’s latest album, “One More Light,” features Pusha T and the grime rapper Stormzy and uses songwriters who have written for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

Mr. Bennington said that his sobriety had faltered throughout his rise to fame, pointing to his divorce in 2005 as a catalyst for his drinking. In a radio interview last year, he recalled going to counseling with other band members in 2006.

“I knew that I had a drinking problem, a drug problem, and that parts of my personal life were crazy,” he said, “but I didn’t realize how much that was affecting the people around me until I got a good dose of ‘Here’s-what-you’re-really-like.’ ”

Mr. Bennington married Talinda Bentley, a schoolteacher and former model, in 2006. In a Wired article the next year, he revealed that he and his wife had been victims of an aggressive cyberstalker who had gained access to everything from their Social Security numbers to their social plans. The experience was deeply unsettling, leading Mr. Bennington, who was famously open and available to his fans, to withdraw.

“It sparks the sort of anger you don’t normally experience,” he told Wired. (Devon Townsend, the woman who had tormented Mr. Bennington and his family, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2008.)

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children.

Despite his years of turmoil, Mr. Bennington was optimistic in interviews during the lead-up to the new Linkin Park album this year.

“Where I’m at right now in 2017 is as far on the opposite side of the scale to where I was at this time in 2015,” he told Rock Sound. “I literally hated life and I was like, ‘I don’t want to have feelings.’ And now I’m like, ‘Bring it on!’ ”

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Reserve Bank of India to Issue New Batch of Rs 20 Notes Soon


Mumbai, July 20: The Reserve Bank of India is all set to release a new batch of currency notes of denomination of Rs 20 under the Mahatma Gandhi series-2005. The new notes of Rs 20 will be released with the inset letter ‘S’ in both the number panels, news agency ANI reported.

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According to a report, another major change that will be seen in the new currency notes will also carry a signature of RBI Governor Urjit Patel, which the older Rs 20 notes did not have. However, the design of the new Rs 20 notes will not change in any way and will remain the same as the ones released in September 2016 with the inset letter ‘R’. The RBI also said that the old Rs 20 notes in circulation will continue as a legal tender.

Earlier this month an image of a note of Rs 200 denomination was being widely shared on social media, even though there was no official confirmation about its authenticity came from the responsible authorities. Some report suggests that the printing process had begun and the central banks would soon issue the new notes of Rs 20.

There were reports that the RBI is looking to issue the Rs 200 notes to make daily transactions easier for people. Last month, the RBI introduced a new series of the recently introduced Rs 500 notes.

“In continuation of issuing of Rs 500 denomination notes in Mahatma Gandhi (new) series from time to time which are currently legal tender, a new batch of banknotes with inset letter “A” in both the number panels, bearing the signature of RBI Governor Dr Urjit R Patel Governor; with the year of printing “2017” on the reverse, are being issued,” RBI said in a statement.

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6 ways to verify your income tax return


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With less than 10 days left to the deadline of July 31 for filing income tax returns (ITR), most people have started filing their ITR. An ITR after being filed has to be verified by the assessee.

As per the existing tax laws, a return filed by the taxpayer is not valid until it is verified as filed by the concerned assessee. A taxpayer can verify his/her return either electronically using E-Verification Code (EVC) using any one of multiple options or physically.

In case of e-filing taxpayers have the option to e-verify their respective returns at the time of uploading or after uploading. In case of an already-uploaded return, taxpayers can e-verify the same by clicking on the “e-Verify Return” option under the ‘My Account’ tab after logging into the e-filing website. Physical verification method can be used only after filing the return.

Under the ‘e-verify return’ option, a taxpayer will be shown three alternatives to verify their returns.

  1. I already have an EVC to e-verify my return.
  2. I do not have an EVC and I would like to generate EVC to verify my return.
  3. To verify your returns using Aadhaar OT

If you’re using Aadhaar OTP method, your mobile number must be linked to your Aadhaar. In this process a, OTP is generated and sent to your registered mobile number. Enter the OTP in the text box provided and click on submit. Success page will be displayed. It is important to remember that Aadhaar OTP is valid for 30 minutes only.

If you do not have EVC or your mobile number is not linked to aadhaar, then you can choose option 2 mentioned above. EVC can be generated by clicking on ‘Generate EVC’ option under ‘My Account Tab’. Four options to verify your ITR will appear. An Individual can choose any of the following method to verify it.

Using Electronic methods
You can use any one of the following four methods to verify your ITR electronically apart from Aadhaar OTP. Once you have verify it.

Using Electronic methods
You can use any one of the following four methods to verify your ITR electronically apart from Aadhaar OTP. Once you have verified it electronically you are not required to send the physical ITR-V copy to Bengaluru.

(a) Using One Time Password (OTP): You can verify your ITR by receiving an OTP on your registered mobile number and e-mail ID. OTP is a 10 digit alphanumeric code which can be generated through the income tax department’s e-Filing portal and is valid for 72 hours.

This OTP can be used only if your gross Income minus deduction is less than or equal to Rs 5 lakh. And/or, refund/demand is less than or equal to 100. This is first option to that appears under the ‘Generate EVC’ option. Click on ‘Generate e-filing OTP’. The OTP will be you’re your email id.

(b) Generating EVC using net-banking: You can also verify your return by using the net-banking facility of your bank account. Log-in to your net banking account and click on tab related to income tax filing. Select the e-verify option and you will be redirected to e-filing website.

Once logged in to the income tax e-filing website, click on the ‘My Account’ to generate the EVC. A 10-digit alpha-numeric code will be sent to your email and mobile number which is valid for 72 hours. Now, click on ‘e-verify’ option in ‘My Account’ tab to verify your returns using option 1 ‘I have EVC already’.

(c) Receiving EVC by using bank account based validation system: To use this method you must first pre-validate your bank account. You can pre-validate your bank account through the profile settings menu in your e-filing account. You will be required to enter details such as bank name, account number, IFSC and mobile number.

Pre-validation will be successfully completed only if your PAN and name match with bank account records. You must enter the mobile number which is linked to that bank account. Once these details are confirmed and validated by the bank then only you can generate EVC using this option. You will receive the code on the mobile number mentioned by you. Currently, only 12 banks are providing this facility. You must ensure that your bank is in the list before using this option. No change of mobile number or email as mentioned above will be permissible without revalidation of the bank.

(d) Verifying returns through Demat Account Number: This method is similar to bank account based validation. This method was launched earlier but has become functionally usable starting from this assessment year. To use this method for verifying your tax returns, your must also first validate your Demat account in the profile settings menu.

You will be required to select your depository and enter both mobile number and email id. Once the details (PAN, mobile number and email id) mentioned by you is confirmed and validated by the depository then you can use this option to generate the code. Here too, no change of mobile number or email id will be permitted without revalidation with the depository.

Using Physical Method (by sending ITR-V/Acknowledgement receipt)
If the taxpayer is not able to e-verify his return because of any reason or is not comfortable in using the electronic verification mode, then he/she can download the ITR-V also known as acknowledgement receipt. He needs to sign it and send it to CPC through post. This ITR-V should reach CPC within 120 days from the date of upload of the return for the return to be treated as valid.

  1. ITR-V is a one-page document which you need to sign in blue ink and send via ordinary post or speed post. You cannot courier the ITR-V.
  2. ITR-V is a password protected document which can be downloaded from your account on the e-filing website under the ‘View Returns/Form’ on the ‘Dashboard’. This ITR-V is auto-generated after you successfully upload/e-file your income tax return. Password to open ITR-V is your PAN number in lower letters along with your date of birth (DOB). If your PAN is “AAAPA1111F” and DOB is 01/01/1975, then your password will be “aaapa1111f01011975”.
  3. You are not required to send any supporting document along with the ITR-V. Just send the one page signed ITR-V.
  4. When your duly signed ITR-V is received and entered in the records at CPC, you will receive an email on your registered email ID that the ITR-V has been received and your return has been verified. Processing of your return will only start after verification.
  5. Address of CPC Bangalore for speed post: ‘CPC, Post Box No – 1, Electronic City Post Office, Bangalore – 560100, Karnataka, India’.

Note: Not all assessee can use the e-verification option to verify their returns. Some assesses are required to verify their returns by using the ‘Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)’. Such assesses are the individuals or HUF using ITR 3 for the FY 2016-17 (ITR 4 for the FY 2015-16) to file their tax returns and whose accounts are required to be audited under section 44AB. Once returns are filed using DSC method, they are not required for further verification as they are digitally signed by the taxpayer.

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Tata Motors rolls out all new Nexon from Pune plant; launch soon


Tata Motors flagged-off the first batch of its much awaited SUV, the Tata Nexon from its Ranjangaon facility near Pune. The Nexon is Tata Motors’ fourth car in the new generation of passenger vehicles under the IMPACT design philosophy, targeting a new segment altogether. Tata Motors had unveiled the all new Nexon at the 88th Geneva Motors Show this year in March. Since then, the new Nexon has made multiple appearances on Indian roads in full camouflage.

The all new Tata Nexon is a sporty SUV with extremely contemporary styling engineered to deliver excellence with dynamic handling , sporty performance, smart connectivity and comfort along with advanced safety features.

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Price:

We expect the upcoming Tata Nexon to come with a price tag of Rs 6.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).

Engine:

Powered by a pair of new powertrains – a 1.2L Turbocharged petrol engine from the Revotron series churns out 110PS of peak power and 110Nm of peak torque, while the 1.5L Diesel engine from the Revotorq family produces 110PS of total power output and 260Nm of total torque. Both the engines come mated to six-speed gearbox.

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Design:

The front fascia of the car appears athletic with a chrome ‘Humanity Line’ on the upper grill featuring stylish projector headlamps with daytime running lights (DRLs).

Striking LED tail lamps, a contrast tone rising beltline finisher and a floating roof enhances the rear aesthetics of the car, while the dynamic and stylish 17″ alloy wheels provide a premium exterior look.

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New Hyundai Grand i10 Facelift Launched at Rs 4.58 Lakh, Gets New Styling and Features


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One of the best selling cars by the country’s second largest automaker has been the Grand i10 and the Korean automaker has launched the facelift model at a starting price of Rs 4.58 lakh. The prices of the diesel variant, which gets a new engine, start at Rs 5.68 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

It garnered much appreciation post its launch a few years ago, largely due to the big list of features and comforts it came with. But the competition has caught up with the likes of the Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and just as the car started to appear a bit dated, the company has updated the car with fresh styling and addition of several creature comforts.

The biggest attraction, though, has to be the new 1.2-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine and the 1.2-litre petrol engine which are claimed to be much more refined, responsive and deliver better fuel efficiency. The petrol engine delivers 82 horsepower and 11.6 Kgm of torque. The diesel engine delivers 74 horsepower and 19.4 Kgm of torque.

Speaking at the launch of New 2017 Grand i10, Y K Koo, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd said, “It is an aspirational car that has won the hearts of its customers across the globe and has become a landmark product in HMIL’s growth story. Over 5.5 lac units of Made in India Grand i10 have been sold in India and world markets which show strong brand admiration. The launch of The New 2017 Grand i10 will create a new benchmark for the segment by offering enhanced Modern Premium Hyundai Experience to the aspirational customers.”

The exteriors of the 2017 Grand i10 follow Hyundai’s Fluidic 2.0 design language. At the front, there is a new radiator grille design, redesigned bumper with LED DRLs (daytime running lights). The back too gets redesigned dual-tone bumper. The side profile remains largely the same except with the addition of a new design diamond cut alloy wheels.

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The biggest change inside the car has to be the inclusion of a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system that supports smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. It also gets features like rear parking assist system with dual airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, rear parking camera and a cooled glove box. There’s also the fully automatic temperature control along with rear AC vents.

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Interestingly, Hyundai is also offering 2 years unlimited kilometre warranty with the new Grand i10.
Here is the complete pricing of the 2017 Hyundai Grand i10 facelift.

Petrol

  • Era – Rs 4,58,400
  • Magna – Rs 5,22,990
  • Magna (AT) – Rs 5,98,990
  • Sports – Rs 5,65,990
  • Sports (O) – Rs 5,96,295
  • Sports (O) AT – Rs 6,82,790
  • Asta – Rs 6,39,890

Diesel

  • Era – Rs 5,68,400
  • Magna – Rs 6,15,990
  • Sports – Rs 6,58,989
  • Sports (O) – Rs 6,89,791
  • Asta – Rs 7,32,890

(All prices ex-showroom, Delhi)

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What is Direct and Indirect Taxes


Direct Taxes
The most fundamental classification of taxes is based on who collects the taxes from the tax payer.
Direct Taxes, as the name suggests, are taxes that are directly paid to the government by the taxpayer. It is a tax applied on individuals and organizations directly by the government e.g. income tax, corporation tax, wealth tax etc.

Indirect Taxes are applied on the manufacture or sale of goods and services. These are initially paid to the government by an intermediary, who then adds the amount of the tax paid to the value of the goods / services and passes on the total amount to the end user.
Examples of these are sales tax, service tax, excise duty etc.
How do these important Direct and Indirect Taxes affect you?

DIRECT TAXES

 

Income Tax

Income Tax is paid by an individual based on his/her taxable income in a given financial year. Under the Income Tax Act, the term ‘individual’ also includes Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs), Co-operative Societies, Trusts and any artificial judicial person. Taxable income refers to total income minus applicable deductions and exemptions.
Tax is payable if the taxable is above the minimum taxable limit and is paid as per the differing rates announced for each tax slab for the financial year.

Capital Gains Tax
The profits made on sale of property are taxable under Capital Gains Tax. Property here includes stocks, bonds, residential property, precious metals etc. It is taxed at two different rates based on how long the property was owned by the taxpayer – Short Term Capital Gains Tax and Long Term Capital Gains Tax. This deciding period of ownership varies greatly for different classes of property.

Wealth Tax

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Wealth tax is applicable on individuals, HUFs or companies on the value of their assets in a given financial year on the date of valuation. It is taxed at the rate of 1% of the net wealth of any assesse exceeding Rs 30,00,000.
‘Net wealth’ here includes, unproductive assets like cash in hand above Rs 50,000, second residential property not rented out, cars, gold jewellery or bullion, boats, yachts, aircrafts or urban land. It does not include productive assets like commercial property, stocks, bonds, fixed deposits, mutual funds etc.

Corporation Tax
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Corporation Tax is paid by Companies and Businesses operating in India on the income earned worldwide in a given financial year. The rates of taxation vary based on whether the company is incorporated in India or abroad

INDIRECT TAXES

Sales Tax

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Sales Tax is charged on the sale of movable goods. It is collected by the Central Government in case of inter-state sales (Central Sales Tax or CST) and by the State Government for intra-state sales (Value Added Tax or VAT). The rates of taxation vary depending on the product type.

Excise Duty

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Excise duty is applicable on the manufacture of goods sold in India. Once goods are manufactured, it is originally paid by the manufacturer directly to the Central Government. When the goods change hands from the manufacturer to the buyer, this tax is bundled by the manufacturer along with the cost of goods and passed on to the buyer.

Service Tax

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Service tax is applicable on all services provided in India except a specified negative list of services that are exempt. It is paid by the service provider to the government who in turn collects it from the end user by the service provider at the time of provision of such service.

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Virat Kohli reveals the best cricketing advice he received came from Sachin Tendulkar


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The batting maestro played alongside Kohli towards the end of his career

What’s the story?

Newly-appointed Indian limited-overs captain Virat Kohli revealed that the best cricketing advice that he has got so far came from his hero Sachin Tendulkar. MS Dhoni’s decision to step down as limited-overs captain has meant the 28-year-old has been appointed as captain of the Indian team across all formats.

Kohli, who led the U-19 side to victory in the 2008 U-19 World Cup will now captain India in all formats beginning from the ODI series against England, which begins on January 15 at Pune. Speaking to Mandira Bedi during a talk show, Kohli spoke about the advice he got from Sachin.

“When I approached him about my game, the advice I got from was to believe in your own game and believe in the way you want to prepare and do not follow someone and that helped and from that onwards, I was really comfortable,” the Indian captain said.

In case you didn’t know…

Ever since he was given the Indian limited-overs captaincy, Virat Kohli has had a mixed bag off the field. While he was appointed brand ambassador of Gionee, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, he was removed from his post as brand ambassaor of Adidas as the sportswear manufacturing giant chose against renewing his contract.

The heart of the matter

The 28-year-old had a year to remember in 2016 as he scored over 2,500 runs, finished as the leading run-scorer in the calendar year and almost broke Rahul Dravid’s record of most runs in a calendar year by an Indian batsman.

One of the reasons why he has been at home across all formats has been his incredible ability to adapt and change gears depending on the situation and format. From being a player who doesn’t hit the ball in the air as a conscious effort in Tests to one that clears the ropes with ease, Kohli has certainly created his own unique style and followed Tendulkar’s advice.

Speaking about being given the captaincy across all formats, Kohli admitted that it was an honour that he was thought of as worthy of taking over from MS Dhoni. While he admitted that captaincy didn’t come as a surprise, he described the pressure as fun and not stressful.

What next?

After captaining the Indian team to a 4-0 series win over England in the Test series, Virat Kohli will hope to continue his stellar run in the shorter formats in the ODI series against England that begins on January 15. It will be interesting to see how the Indian team perform under Kohli’s leadership in the shorter formats.

Sportskeeda’s take

It certainly looks as though Kohli has taken Tendulkar’s advice to heart as he has created a name of himself with his unique style of batting, one which brought him over 2,500 runs in 2016 and established him as one of the stars of the modern game across all formats.

Source: Sportskeeda.