Indian Captain Virat Kohli, who skipped the final test match due at Dharamshala due to a shoulder injury, said that he no longer considers Australian cricketers his friends. He said while addressing the media after winning the 4-test match series with 2-1. Virat Kohli said that his friendship with the Australian cricketers has been changed after the series. Before the start of the series, he had really good friends in the Australian team as they share a same dressing room during the Indian Premier League, but now everything gets changed for the Indian Captain.
During the test series, many of the times Australian team made efforts to mock the Indian Captain. Sometimes, off the field too. Some of the Australian Cricketers (Current and Former) compared Kohli to Controversial US President Donald Trump including some sections of their media. When Kohli was asked about his friendship with the Australian Cricketers, then he suddenly said that it has changed. “No, it has changed. I thought that was the case, but it has changed for sure. As I said, in the heat of the battle you want to be competitive, but I’ve been proven wrong,” Kohli said. Kohli was earlier unhappy from the Australian skipper Steven Smith as he was looking at the dressing room for the assistance with DRS after he was given out. Later, the Australian skipper called it as the ‘brain fade’ moment when the media asked him that why he cheated on the field. The Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland took a sarcastic jibe to Kohli at a radio station by saying the Indian skipper perhaps does not know the spelling of sorry.
“The thing I said before the first Test, that has certainly changed and you won’t hear me say that ever again,” Kohli added after the bad experience with the Australian team. The Australian skipper Steven Smith earlier apologized for his behavior and said that “emotions, actions falter a little bit throughout the series”. He expressed that last week they will share a beer with the rivals following six weeks of bitterness. Steve also asked Ajinkya Rahane, who was the captain in the absence of the Virat Kohli, about the prospect of the match. Rahane said that he would get back to Smith. “I have been very intense and in my own little bubble and at times I have let my emotions, actions falter a little bit. I apologize for that. That’s something I can really learn from.” Smith said in a post-match interview.
There were a number of statements were made on the field by Steven Smith, Nathon Lyon and other Australians during the series, which created a bad relationship between the two rivals. “This team, regardless of whether we are on top or not, we speak,” Kohli said. “We take it very well and we give it back even better. A very wise person told me that when a person is down, the weak come out and speak about him. It takes courage to speak about someone when they are on top,” he added. Kohli also said that his focus is now to perform well in the overseas. “Our main challenge begins now, if we conquer the overseas season then you will see the broadest smile on my face,” said Kohli.