Asli Yaari Within RCB: Virat Kohli And Co. Are Giving Us Major Friendship Goals
Conventional wisdom suggests that modern day cricket revels in ruthless competition, which makes it impossible for players to forge close friendships, not just with the opposing team, but also with their own fellow team members (with whom they are constantly vying for a position in the playing eleven). But the enduring friendships of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ajit Agarkar, V. V. S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Sunil Gavaskar and G R Vishwanath, Ian Botham and Viv Richards, Dravid and Steve Waugh et al. prove otherwise.
In fact, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is known to work hard to bring about strong sense of camaraderie between his team members in the dressing room.
"A culture can only be built when everyone buys into it. And that can only happen when you do not form judgments when the new guys are coming in - we are a bunch of friends playing together,” Kohli was quoted saying last year during the India-Sri Lanka series. He added, “We do not think of each other as seniors or juniors. You can joke around with anyone in the dressing-room. That is the reason we have people who have been able to go out and express themselves - there is no pressure from the group".
Building friendship bonds would seem all the more difficult in IPL teams considering the diverse nature of players that make up the squads. But going by these behind the scene pictures, Kohli seems to carry forward the yaari/dosti culture in RCB as well. Where else would you see Ashish Nehra share a joke with Brendon McCullum or have local rivals Parthiv Patel and Sarfaraz Khan train together?
Check out these exclusive photos:
Virat Kohli poses with Mandeep Singh (left) and Manan Vohra (right)
Ashish Nehra (bowling coach) and Brendon McCullum share a joke
Parthiv Patel and Sarfaraz Khan indulge in some training
Parthiv Patel (left) and Quinton De Kock in deep conversation
Mandeep Singh (left), Sarfaraz Khan and Manan Vohra (right) pose for the camera
By Sameer Jha