Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola posted a photo of himself holding the Royal Challengers Bangalore jersey after the Virat Kohli-led team beat Rajasthan Royals in Match 16 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Thursday.

Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore to their 4th successive win in IPL 2021 (AFP/Reuters Photo)


  • Pep Guardiola got a Royal Challengers Bangalore jersey on Thursday
  • Guardiola posed with the jersey and thanked his “friend” Virat Kohli
  • It’s time to finally learn cricket’s rules: Guardiola wrote in the caption

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was beaming with pride as he received his Royal Challengers Bangalore jersey from his “friend” Virat Kohli on Thursday. The legendary football coach is a big fan of Kohli and the RCB, who beat Rajasthan Royals in Match 16 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Mumbai on April 22.

Applauding RCB’s unbeaten run in IPL 2021, former Barcelona midfielder Pep Guardiola hailed Virat Kohli and his side’s efforts and felt the time has come for him to also learn more about the game and its rules.

Earlier last year, during an Instagram live session organised by PUMA, the duo, who are brand ambassadors for the global sportswear brand, was seen engaging in an enthralling conversation about their love for football. The Spaniard, who has guided Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City to multiple league titles, had also expressed his desire to know more about cricket.

Considered as one of the greatest managers of all time, Guardiola, after RCB’s win over RR, posted a photo of himself holding RCB jersey on Instagram and wrote: “It’s time to finally learn cricket’s rules. Thanks to my friend @virat.kohli for the shirt. Now is your turn to use your Man City shirt @pumaindia @pumafootball #PUMAxRCB.”

Kohli was one of the key architects of RCB’s 10-wicket win over RR at the Wankhede on Thursday night.

Devdutt Padikkal (101 not out) and Virat Kohli’s (72 not out) opening partnership took them past the target of 178 with 21 balls to spare after a superb performance by the bowlers saw them restrict RR to 177 for 9 in 20 overs.

The win took RCB back on top of the IPL 2021 points table, they are the only team which is still unbeaten in this edition after 4 games. The Kohli-led side will take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in Match 19 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 25.

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