Kohli: IPL lifts boundaries between rivals


India batsman Virat Kohli may be one of the more confrontational players on the field, but says that the IPL and other tournaments are good for making international players friends off the field.

Kohli is not shy about having a bit of banter in the middle, but feels that most players are friendly away from the game, thanks to the past few years of IPL action, where players are on teams together for two months.

Kohli said on the Cricket Australia website: "You form perceptions without knowing people. I think the IPL lifts those boundaries and actually helps you to be friends with players you play against and not just players who you play alongside.

"I think it’s making people fonder of each other, creating strong bonds. But (players) are still competitive on the field."

He went on to say that his recent verbal sparring with Australia's James Faulkner held little malice, and that he and the all-rounder were always up for a bit of chat in the middle.

Kohli added: "James and I have always been at each other whenever we've played and you know James likes to talk a lot on the field.

"It’s been friendly banter to be honest – there’s been no swearing, no bad words, nothing inappropriate being said. It’s been friendly banter and I've really enjoyed it.

"He’s competitive, which I like, and I like to be competitive on the field as well. It’s been enjoyable, I'm glad he came out and gave me a fight."

He added that he enjoyed getting to know Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc when they played together for Bangalore in past seasons: "(Players) get to know each other very well.

"If I never got to know ‘Starcy’ I would never know what a sweet guy he is. He’s a wonderful human being."