The change is perceptible. There is less of vitriol and low blows, and increasing evidence of affection and acceptance – not that they would care.
Dragging in Anushka to debate his cricketing performances is still happening – after all, we are just too many, too passionate and too diverse – yet, there are people happy to give this cricket-cinema couple breathing space.
Amid all the potshots taken at them after India’s loss in the World Cup semi-final, there were fans who found it all illogical. This breed seems to be growing with time.
Yes, this is perception, but based on feedback to reports and social media reactions.
Anushka was there at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday when Royal Challengers Bangalore took on Delhi Daredevils with an eye on the IPL playoffs spot.
During rain interruptions, Virat, Anushka, Yuvraj Singh and other players were spotted together, waiting for the match to restart.
See the photographs and judge if you want. Again, does it seem Virat and Anushka care?
There are many fans who want Virat to pipe down and be less free with a few select words on the field, but there is no discounting that this will require him to curb his instincts.
Whether he does it or not is his call and for cricket authorities to keep an eye on.
On the face of it, Virat’s aggression probably works for him.
He argued with umpire Kumar Dharmasena on Friday during the rain-hit match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. (RCB wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik continued the argument and has been fined 20% of match fees for poor conduct).
Apparently, RCB were unhappy that the officials allowed the SRH innings to continue despite a steady drizzle making the pitch wet.
Minutes after the argument, Virat turned up primed for the Duckworth-Lewis mandated chase of 81 in six overs.
He took his team home with a blistering, unbeaten 44 off 19 balls after fellow opener Chris Gayle’s 10-ball 35.
Virat does not take too kindly to sledging on the field and has made it clear he will not take any barbs off it.
It would, perhaps, be of interest to him and Anushka that the number of people in their corner may just be increasing – in case, they want to care.