IPL 2017: Virat Kohli still is a very good friend of mine, clarifies David Warner after SRH-RCB clash

PTI, Apr, 07 2017

Hyderabad: David Warner says he remains good friends with Virat Kohli despite a bitterly-fought Test series which ended with the Indian captain saying that he was no more friends with the Australian cricketers.

Warner had a chat with Kohli during the inaugural ceremony of IPL 2017 in Hyderabad.

"Ya. I had a chat with Virat. We are still friends, thankfully. I had a text conversation with him which is very nice of him," said Warner.

David Warner and Virat Kohli during the 2015 eiditon of the Indian Premier League. Sportzpics

David Warner and Virat Kohli during the 2015 eiditon of the Indian Premier League. Sportzpics

"As we all know, we all got jobs to do. You guys (journalists) write, right or wrong. We players... that's how the game is. But, away from this, we are still very good friends," said the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain.

Against the backdrop of sparks flying during the recent tour of Australia to India, Warner was asked whether he got a chance to have a chat with Kohli.

"Sometimes on the field, we can take it too seriously and for the emotions for the next hour, we might be thinking they are not going to be anymore this and that, but for us, we are all going to be friends, everything is taken care.

"It's a friendly environment, especially IPL and world cricket. We just love playing the game and making sure everyone is smiling," he said.

Warner was elated over the team kicking off its campaign in the ongoing IPL on a winning note — a 35-run victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the tournament opener.

Warner said there has been no final word on when Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman is going to join the team.

"You know as much as I do. I didn't even know that he was not going to be here till I landed. I think the whisper was he is going to be with us in Mumbai," he said, adding there will be more clarity on the issue.

The tag of defending champions does not put any pressure on the team this year, he said.

"There is no pressure... Last year (there) were more individuals playing a role, one or two in each single game. This year (to) start the way we did was fantastic. We had self belief," Warner said.

"It's great to be defending champions. But, we will play the way we do. Keep calm and everything will pan out the way that we do. If we go on field and give 100 percent everytime," he said.

Saying that the team had competent players in its ranks, he said he would look to get the balance right.

Published Date: Apr 07, 2017 | Updated Date: Apr 07, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115