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Cricket’s cool cat Virat Kohli has reportedly been stumped by Izabelle Leite, a Brazilian model he has been hanging out with over the last few months.

The Team India vice-captain and Izabelle — who has worked on a number of commercials and walked the ramp for some of the country’s top designers — are rumoured to have taken their friendship to the next level. So much so that the doe-eyed Brazilian beauty has shifted base to Mumbai and is reported to be a frequent flyer to Delhi to meet her batsman beau.

Izabelle sprung into the spotlight in June with reports of a “mystery woman” in the 24-year-old strokeplayer’s life when they were spotted on a shopping trip on Orchard Road in Singapore. The pictures of Virat carrying her handbag as she hopped from one shop to the other went viral on the Internet.

“They met for an ad shoot in Singapore and they have been together ever since. After they were caught on camera in Singapore, Virat takes care not to be seen in public together,” said a source from the world of showbiz.

Izabelle, coming from the land of soccer, is known to be following cricket closely, at least when it comes to Team India. Playboy Kohli, however, has claimed that Izabelle is just a “close friend”.

As fans of Kohli, we can only say if Izabelle has a hand in his dream run with the bat, let them just play on.