Friends-turned-foes? Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell meet for the first time since ‘shoulder mock’

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab are all set to face each other for the second time in the Indian Premier League this season but perhaps the contest between the two captains from either side will be more interesting to watch on Friday.RCB skipper Virat Kohli and Kings XI captain Glenn Maxwell will be facing each other for the first time since the infamous shoulder mock incident earlier this year. Kohli and Maxwell were known to be good friends with the Indian captain even featuring in the Australian all-rounder’s video blog during India’s tour Down Under in January last year.But tensions between the two sides flared up during the Border-Gavaskar series in February-March this year. Kohli’s relationship with some of the Aussie cricketers hit an all-time low thanks to numerous on-field incidents involving players from both sides. Maxwell mocking Kohli’s injury while saving a boundary during the third Test in Ranchi had made matters even worse.Kohli, not one to take things lightly, reciprocated by giving David Warner a send-off by gripping his injured shoulder with his left hand, seemingly as a dig at Maxwell’s alleged mockery earlier in the match.After the end of the series, Kohli was honest enough to say that the nastiness on the field had spilled over way too far and he was no longer friends with Australia’s cricketers, who had mocked his injuries and called his teammate a cheat. The same injury then forced the RCB captain to sit out of the initial few matches in the IPL including the first match against Kings XI on April 10.advertisementAlmost a month later both teams will once again square up against each other with only Kings XI still in contention of qualifying for the playoffs. Kohli’s team has endured one of its worst season’s in the IPL this year winning just two games out of 11 so far and are languishing at the bottom of the points table.Kings XI on the other hand, have been inconsistent in the tournament so far but with eight points from nine matches, they can still advance to the next stage. Kohli though has been performing better than Maxwell with the bat in hand but he’s been the only one in his team to score runs consistently while Maxwell has had the fortune of having most of his teammates in form.Even after missing four matches for RCB, Kohli has amassed 239 runs in seven games with three half-centuries while Maxwell has managed just 193 runs in nine matches at 32.16.Kings XI will have to win all of their remaining matches to have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs while the Challengers will only be playing for pride in the rest of their three games. But the battle within the battle between Kohli and Maxwell will be intriguing to watch given the history between the two mercurial cricketers.last_img

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