WATCH: Novak Djokovic opens up on his relationship with Virat Kohli

The pair have stayed in touch through text messages.

By Web Desk
January 13, 2024

Tennis star Novak Djokovic is vying for yet another Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2024, while Indian batter Virat Kohli is preparing for the second T20I against Afghanistan on Sunday.

In the case of Virat Kohli, he has fans not only in India but also worldwide. Even in areas where cricket is not as prominent, Kohli is a figure who has now become synonymous with the sport. Moreover, tennis legend Novak Djokovic, who will soon be in action at the Australian Open 2024, is Kohli's text companion.

While speaking on Sony Sports Network, Djokovic disclosed that over the past few years, despite not meeting in person, the pair have stayed in touch through text messages.

“Virat Kohli and I have been texting a bit for a few years. We never got a chance to meet in person, but it was really an honour and a privilege to hear him speak nicely about me. I obviously admire all of his career and achievements. I started to play cricket, but I’m not very good at it. But I have a task to perfect my cricket skills before I come to India, and don’t embarrass myself, when I’m there,” Djokovic said.

Adding about his love for India, the tennis star said, “I have been feeling the love from India for many years. I’ve been to India only once, 10-11 years back, to play an exhibition tennis match in New Delhi, so I hope I’ll be able to come back in the near future. I have a great desire to explore your beautiful country that has so much history and culture to offer to the world.”

Earlier, Novak Djokovic played cricket with the legendary Australian bowler Shane Warne’s son, Jackson Warne, on the eve of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Djokovic, 36, was in a joyous mood before taking on Stefano Tsitsipas in an Australian Open charity match where he welcomed a number of Australian celebrities and shared some great moments with him.

Australia’s cricket star, Steve Smith was also present and he ruthlessly smashed Djokovic into the stands after which the Serb asked to bat.

Jackson bowled to Djokovic, who failed to connect with the ball. To ease his discomfort with the bat, the Serb picked up the racket and hit the ball into the stands.

Remember, Djokovic will begin his Australian Open 2024 campaign by playing against a qualifier or a lucky loser and if advances to the third round, he could meet with old rival Andy Murray should the Brit win his matches.