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Virat on Yuvi: We're friends, but competitors too

"The friendly banter will remain, but so will the competitiveness on the field." That's what Virat Kohli feels when Team Royal Challengers faces Yuvaraj Singh's Pune Warriors on Friday night. As part of the World Cup winning Indian team, these two players enjoy their close friendship. "It's not war out there. We were and will remain friends, but on the field we will play the game as true competitors," Kohli was forthright in his pre-match press conference.

"The friendly banter will remain, but so will the competitiveness on the field." That's what Virat Kohli feels when Team Royal Challengers faces Yuvaraj Singh's Pune Warriors on Friday night. As part of the World Cup winning Indian team, these two players enjoy their close friendship. "It's not war out there. We were and will remain friends, but on the field we will play the game as true competitors," Kohli was forthright in his pre-match press conference.

Yes. IPL second week has really warmed up the tournament with many teams tied on points and fighting it out to make it to the last four stage. The tournament has suddenly shifted gears and become more intense. "Perhaps the players are now getting charged up. The seniors, who were involved in high pressure situations for more than a month in the World Cup could afford to take time to adjust to the IPL pressures," Kohli said, admitting, that he himself was in a relaxed mood in the first week of the IPL. "Once you win the world cup after one and half months of facing pressure, you tend to relax and just let it go. But in the second week, we are all charged up and focused more to face the pressures of IPL."

Commenting on TIlakratne Dilshan's decision to leave IPL midway and join the Sri Lankan national team which he is leading, Kohli retorted that the team would miss his services. "It's his personal decision (to join the Sri Lankan national squad). I can't really comment on that. But has been an asset to Royal Challengers with his batting at the top, his bowling and his great fielding. We will miss him in the team." But Kohli added that Chris Gayle joining the team has consolidated the batting at the top.

Talking about changing batting order, a feature other teams have followed, Kohli informed that there was no need to change as it could affect the stability and momentum in the team. "We discussed that we have been doing well with the present batting order (me coming in at number 3) and there is no reason to change that and upset the rhythm."

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ILOVERCB! Champs will win IPL 4
sharmila-khandare on 18 May 2011, 07:22 PM
I want RCB to win!! I have been waiting too long for this!!! =D
ZaKlover712 on 06 May 2011, 09:37 PM
RCB finishes first in the table
Pradeep-N1 on 06 May 2011, 12:34 AM
kolih king of bang
11sid on 05 May 2011, 01:38 AM
kohli is young so very aggressive compare to yuvi.....
RakeshRCB on 04 May 2011, 08:26 AM
Yuvi nd Virat are Good Friends..All d Best 2 Both of dem..........
phanich on 04 May 2011, 01:18 AM
i think yyuvi iis unlucky...bacoz the way he got dismissed was really unfair
JayuRocker on 04 May 2011, 12:49 AM
straight 6th losss to yuvi...this is bad
JayuRocker on 04 May 2011, 12:49 AM
Virat Kohli is simply the best!
akash-raj on 03 May 2011, 11:25 PM
kohli ws known fr his rash comments...bt nw he has grown nt only as a player bt also in his mind set....dere s a long succesful road ahead of him...keep upo d godd wrk virat...U SIMPLYYY ROCK DUDE...!!! :-*
pranita on 03 May 2011, 04:01 AM
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