In a relaxed mood after Team India’s emphatic win over New Zealand in the first ODI in Napier, captain Virat Kohli is having a gala time these days both on and off the field. For his batting heroics and astute captaincy, Kohli is widely loved and respected by many current and former cricketers. However, with a few the Indian captain shares a close bond and on the top of that list is none other than former England stalwart Kevin Pietersen.

Both Kohli and Pietersen played together for popular Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore and became good friends. The testament of their strong bond was once again on display when Kohli, the world’s best batsman posted a picture on his official Twitter handle captioning, “Basking in the Sun”. Following which, Pietersen came up with a cheeky reply.

The picture, however, depicted something different as Kohli was covered by the shade as well. Interestingly, Pietersen picked the same to troll his Indian friend funnily and highlighted how Kohli is sitting more in the shade and not in the sun.

Kohli, who normally refrains himself from interacting with anyone on social media. But this time the Indian captain responded to Pietersen to continue the banter. The 30-year-old pointed out that his face is still in the sun and is entitled to stay firm on his caption. The superhit duo got engaged in a friendly duel on Twitter which has left the fans in splits.

Read full banter here:-


Apart from his batting brilliance on the pristine 22-yard strip, Kohli is basking in the glory of sweeping the ICC awards. He became the first cricketer in history to win all three ICC awards – the ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.