Rumours of a Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma wedding is growing stronger by the minute Image: Twitter
Veiled in a cloud of secrecy yet shining brighter than the midday sun — that's how Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's wedding rumours have unfolded throughout the last couple of weeks. Despite denials from the alleged bride-to-be's camp and the India captain refusing to comment, the rumblings of a big fat Indian wedding in Italy just refused to die down and, according to the latest reports, the celebrations might have already begun in a private resort at Tuscany.
It's believed that the couple, along with their families and close friends, have already flown out for a destination wedding near Milan, and more guests expected to fly in soon. While the signs look promising, as they say, it's never over till it's over.
So while we wait with bated breath for the first signs of 'Cheeku weds Nushki' from Italy, here's a look back at the love story that enamoured the nation and took a billion hearts through the peaks and dips of a modern-day fairytale.
Chapter: Shampoo Ne Bana Di Jodi
Virat and Anushka officially met for the first time in the end of 2013, and the Delhi cricketer effectively found himself lost in the Rab De Bana Di Jodi actor's lush tresses. Well, it was after all at the shooting of a shampoo ad and we're pretty sure that was part of the script. However, the few hours they spent together on the sets ended up laying the foundation for the phenomenon, that is Virushka.
The two became 'good friends' and were spotted hanging out together on various occasions. Soon after, rumours that the two were dating started doing the rounds.
Chapter: One that came flying off Virat's bat
In 2014, Virat and Anushka were spotted spending a lot of time together, including holding hands in New Zealand and Virat flying down to Udaipur to meet Anushka on her 26th birthday. They made their first public appearance in October 2014, where the two went to watch an Indian Super League game together. But both maintained they were 'just friends'. However, it all changed on November 8 during an India vs Sri Lanka match in Hyderabad.
After getting to his 50, Virat blew a flying kiss towards Anushka, who happened to be sitting in the stands that day. Now, it might not have been their first kiss for all we know, but it certainly was the first public acknowledgement of their involvement in public (read: on national television, in front of 15,000 spectators present for the match).
Chapter: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Like many celebrity couples, Virat and Anushka have had their fair share of controversies, with the lowest point coming during the 2015 World Cup, when Anushka was mercilessly trolled on social media for Virat's below-par performance on the field.
In one connected incident, Virat ended up abusing a journalist verbally after a practice session after confusing him with another reporter, who had written an unsavoury story on how the relationship with Anushka might have made him lose focus. He later apologised to the journalist.
Anushka, too, lost her cool during a promotional event of her movie NH10, after she was grilled about her relationship with Virat, instead of the movie.
2016 turned out to be tumultuous for the couple, with their number of public appearances reducing drastically and rumours of a possible split doing its round on media. It was reported that Virat was upset about one of Anushka's steamy photoshoots for a men's magazine. It was also reported that Anushka declined Virat's offer to get married, which was the source of the rift.
Chapter: A Sultan-like comeback
With fears of the end of Virushka era looming large, the couple surprised fans and media alike after turning up together for a special screening of Sultan at Bollywood star Salman Khan's residence. A picture of the two hugging each other in a car in front of the airport further fanned the rumours of the flame being reignited.
The T20 World Cup in 2016 saw the controversies about Anushka affecting Virat's performance levels adversely rear its ugly head again. But this time, Virat came out in defence of his alleged former girlfriend with a scathing post directed towards the trolls.
The year ended on the perfect note for the couple with them walking in hand-in-hand for Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech's wedding and the obvious chemistry on display for the world, stating 'Virushka is back'.
The couple went on a holiday in Uttarakhand together with their families in tow during Christmas and New Year. There were also rumours of a possible engagement during the trip, which was later denied by the couple.
Chapter: Rab ne bana di jodi?
February 2017 marked a big step forward for Virushka, with the couple posting a picture of themselves together on social media spending Valentine's Day together. Do note, this was the first time either of them had shared a photo with each other for the public on their own accord.
The year turned out to be an eventful one for the couple, who were seen spending more time with each other than ever before. The two were spotted together in Bangalore, New York and Sri Lanka together and have been more open about their affection for each other in public ever since the big reveal on February 14.
At a recent event, the couple could also be seen caressing each other's hands — a show of PDA very unlikely for the couple.
It's pretty evident that Virat and Anushka have been closer than ever before over the last year or so, and perhaps it's as good a time as ever to exchange their vows. But irrespective of what we get to call them in 2018 — boyfriend-girlfriend or husband-wife — Virushka has been a ride to remember and will continue being so.