Virat Kohli won’t give me a Christmas card but I’ll buy him a lemonade: Nathan Lyon

first_imgVirat Kohli is “quite emotional” but a world-class player, said Nathan Lyon weeks after an acrimonious Test series between India and Australia concluded in the cool climes of Dharamsala. (RCB will be tough to beat with Kohli and De Villiers back: Clarke to India Today)Kohli had taken on the aggressive Australians after the DRS row erupted in Bengaluru and had even taken exception to Lyon’s “head of the snake” remark after India had won the second Test to draw level in the four-match series which they eventually won.While Kohli and Aussie skipper Steve Smith were often embroiled in a war of words in their respective press conferences, there was plenty of sledging in the middle which spiced up an already tense contest. (Kohli is back for RCB and De Villiers is a happy man)After India had wrapped up their seventh successive series win at the HPCA Stadium, Kohli said his friendships with the Australian cricketers were damaged permanently. However, he clarified later that the comment was meant only for a couple of the Aussies and he continued to share cordial relations with other players. (Kohli keeps my passion for cricket alive, says de Villiers)Lyon, who took 19 wickets in the four Tests against India, has ow come out to say that his rivalry with Kohli was left behind on the field in India and he would love to buy the Indian captain a glass of lemonade when they next met.”I am the type of guy who will play hard on the field and compete very hard but I am more than happy to talk to anyone off the field,” Lyon said.advertisement”I am more than happy to shake his hand and say hello to him, that is for sure. There is no harm in being nice.” (Kohli is a freak: Clarke to India Today)Kohli has himself said that he could have handled things differently in a heated series where both teams were under immense pressure.”In the course of such an important series, such a big event, you tend to sort of go into a zone. But you look in hindsight afterwards and think ‘maybe I could have done things differently’ or maybe handled myself differently, but in the larger picture you understand what was important for the team.”So I have learnt a lot from that phase, in terms of learning as a captain, learning as an individual, learning as a person,” he said.Kohli had injured his shoulder in the Ranchi Test and had to sit out of the Dharamsala match. He also missed Royal Challengers Bangalore’s first three matches in the IPL but will be back in action later on Friday against Mumbai Indians. (Kohli declared fit, will be available for Mumbai Indians clash on Friday)Kohli will next face off against Smith’s Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday.last_img read more