Australian cricketers are no more my friends, says Virat Kohli
Dharamsala: The aftermath of the fiercely fought Cricket battle on and off the field by India and Australia was clearly evident in Virat Kohli's post series press conference, where he claimed that the Aussie players were no longer friend to him.
Earlier in the day, India secured an 8-wicket victory against Australia in Dharamsala Test to win the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy series 2-1.
The series saw several unfriendly banters between India and Australian cricketers, but the problems erupted after Kohli noticed Aussie players taking suggesting from the dressing room while using DRS.
Kohli lodged a complaint with the match referee regarding the same, and in the Bengaluru Test, Smith was caught red handed asking dressing room for help when he was adjudged LBW. Later, Smith apologised saying that it was nothing but a moment of 'brain fade'.
The battle, however, was intensified by the Aussie media as well as former and current crciketers who compared the Indian captain with controversial United States President Donald Trump.
The Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland became even personal with a sarcastic take on Kohli saying he perhaps does not know the spelling of 'sorry'.
After winning the series, an Australian scribe tried to know Kohli's stand on his own previous remark in which he said that the Australian players are his friends off the field. But this time, Kohli accepted that he was proven wrong by them.
He claimed that he thought that in the heat of the battle, every players wants to be competitive but, the Aussies has proved him wrong. He also asserted that he will never be heard calling Australian cricketers his friend.
The Australians also mocked Kohli's shoulder injury which he sustained during the Ranchi Test while trying to save a boundary. In the fourth and final Test, a frustrated Smith had been seen calling Murli Vijay a 'f****** cheat' for claiming a catch on Monday.
There was a very unfriendly exchange of words between Ravindra Jadeja and Matthew Wade when the Indian southpaw was batting in the final Test.
Well, India clearly won all the battles against Australia, on and off the field, as the Aussies were noticed overlooking the sportsmanship as well as journalistic ethics during the series that could be the frustration of the approaching series defeat.
Australia registered an emphatic 333-run victory in the first Test which was levelled in the second match by India. The third match resulted in a draw, which made the fourth Test the decider of the four match series. India did not let the chance go and sealed an 8-wicket victory.
Ravindra Jadeja has showed Wade that the latter stands nowhere near him when it comes to leading team to victory, as the Indian bowling machine was named man of the match as well as man of the series for his splendid all-round performance during the four-match battle.