first_img India Today Web Desk NapierJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 14:45 IST Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen were involved in a friendly banter on social media (@imVkohli Photo)Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen go back a long way. The two played together for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and remain good friends even to this day. And when Kohli, the world’s best batsman posted a picture on Twitter, Pietersen had a cheeky reply.Virat Kohli is currently in New Zealand and is basking in the glory of sweeping the ICC awards. He became the first man in history to win all three ICC awards – the ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.On Wednesday, Kohli led India to their first ODI win against New Zealand in New Zealand since 2009.A day after, Kohli was visibly relaxed and posted a photo on Twitter.Basking in the sun. pic.twitter.com/BEcZ2y2qrtVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 24, 2019PIETERSEN AND KOHLI BANTERLooks a bit like you’re more in the shade, bro!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 24, 2019Well in that case you should’ve seen my first caption. Much worse.PS – the face is still in the sunVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 24, 2019I’ll let you off cos I love you!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 24, 2019Kevin Pietersen, known for his quick wit, could not resist a reply. He pointed out Kohli looked like he was more in the shade.Pietersen is the fifth highest run-scorer for England in Test cricket but his career came to a halt when he was sensationally dropped after an Ashes whitewash in Australia.advertisementYears later, Alastair Cook, who was England captain on the tour of Australia in 2013-14, revealed he did not want to sack Pietersen.”I was involved in the decision at first, but the England captain doesn’t have the final say on hiring and firing,” Cook told Test Match Special in September. “I agreed with it, but I said ‘why don’t we give him some time off, we can go away and maybe KP can come back later on’.”Paul Downton (the England director of cricket) wanted clarity, a clean break, because people would always be asking when is he coming back. You had to back his decisions because that’s what his job was. The fallout was pretty nasty and I don’t think the ECB handled it well or appreciated how social media worked very well then. I bore a lot of the brunt of it.”Also Read | Smriti Mandhana hundred helps India crush New Zealand by 9 wickets in 1st ODIAlso Read | Johan Botha retires from all forms: Time has come for me to move on to the next phaseAlso Read | I can bowl on most pitches, says Anderson after 4-wicket haulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kevin PietersenFollow Virat KohliFollow Twitter Kevin Pietersen trolls Virat Kohli. India captain has a sporting replyVirat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen are old friends and both men have a sense of humour. When Kohli posted a nice photo of Twitter, Pietersen could not help with some friendly banter.advertisementlast_img

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