Dubai: India Test skipper Virat Kohli on Friday messaged batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Twitter after the latter said that he wanted to “play” for Kohli’s co-owned franchise The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Royals in the second edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).
Kohli co-owns the Dubai-based franchise and World No.2 tennis icon Roger Federer on Thursday agreed to play for the team in the second edition of the tournament.
Tendulkar, who is a big fan of the Swiss maestro Federer, and is a regular attendant at Wimbledon championships every year, wanted to share a laugh and so tweeted: “Hey @imVkohli, I want to play!”
The witty Indian captain shot back after sometime with a hilarious reply stating: “Not sure you have what it takes @sachin_rt paaji!”
Earlier on Thursday after Federer’s deal was sealed Kohli had said: “I am a huge fan of Roger Federer and with him joining the UAE Royals, my decision to be on board with the team was firm. The UAE Royals feature some of tennis’ greatest players and I am confident about the prospects of the team in the IPTL.”
The 17-time Major champion was part of the India Aces franchise in the inaugural edition of the tournament last year.
The 34-year-old will be joined by the likes of 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, 2008 French Open women’s singles winner and No.7 Ana Ivanovic, doubles veteran Daniel Nestor in the team.