Hyderabad: Indian skipper Virat Kohli and explosive Australian opener David Warner are still friends, revealed the latter, who is leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Virat and I had a chat and we are still friends, thankfully,” Warner said in an exclusive conversation with ANI.
“I had a text conversation with him which was very nice. Away from the field we all are very good friends. Sometimes, on the field we take the game too seriously and for the emotion for that next hour, we might be thinking, ‘No I don’t like him’ but for us, we all are going to be friends,” he added.
After registering an eight-wicket win over Australia in Dharamsala Test and reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli had last month declared that his friendship with the Australian players is irretrievably broken, and that the relationship and trust he thought he had with the Australian players has been tarnished.
“No, it has changed. I thought that was the case, but it has changed for sure. As I said, in the heat of the battle you want to be competitive but I’ve been proven wrong. The thing I said before the first Test, that has certainly changed and you won’t hear me say that ever again,” Kohli had said in a post-match media conference.
However, the 28-year-old later on clarified his statements, saying his statement was blown out of proportion.
He said his comments were misinterpreted and that he still shares good terms with a few Australian players he knows and those he has played with at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“My answer at the post match conference has been blown way out of proportion. I did not categorically say the whole Australian team but only a couple of individuals. I continue to be on good terms with the few guys I know & who I’ve played with at RCB & that doesn’t change,” Kohli said in a series of tweets.
Earlier, the swashbuckling Indian batsman also invited a flurry of criticism for his post-match comments, with the Australian media describing the Indian skipper as ‘classless’, ‘childish’ and ‘egomaniac’.