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Virat Kohli Says He is No Longer Friends With Australian Cricketers

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 28, 2017, 2:31 PM IST
Virat Kohli Says He is No Longer Friends With Australian Cricketers

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. (Image credit: AP)


After India lifted the Border Gavaskar trophy at the picturesque HPCA stadium in Dharamsala, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he no longer considers Australian cricketers his friends.

Kohli and his men were targetted both on and off the field by Australian cricketers in a fiercely-fought Test series.

Kohli had stopped short of calling Steve Smith a cheat for his 'DRS Brain Fade' moment after which a section of Australian cricketers (current and former) along with their media targetted the Indian captain, going as far as to compare him with controversial US president Donald Trump.

Worst, the Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, in a sarcastic remark to a radio station, said Kohli perhaps does not know the spelling of sorry.

At the end of the rubber, which India won 2-1, an Australian scribe asked if Kohli still considered Smith's men his friends off the field as he had said at the start of the series, the skipper gave a no holds barred answer.

"No, it has changed for sure. 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 yeah I have been proven wrong.

"The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been proven wrong and you won't hear me say that ever again," Kohli said.

During the series, the Australian cricketers were seen making fun of Kohli's shoulder injury while Smith had called Murali Vijay a "f****** cheat" for claiming a catch on Monday.

Worse, Matthew Wade and Ravindra Jadeja had a near bust up after a lengthy altercation.

During India's first innings on Day 3, an aggressive exchange of words took place between Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade and Ravindra Jadeja.

Jadeja, who was well settled at the crease hammering the Australian bowlers all around the park, was sledged by Wade during Nathan Lyon's over.

“Why do you come to Indian team”, Wade said.

Jadeja looked back at Wade and replied:"If you will start it…I will give it back to you."

On-field umpire Ian Gould had to intervene in the matter and asked Jadeja and Wade to stop the verbal interaction and focus on the game.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: March 28, 2017, 1:43 PM IST

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