Kohli can’t be friends with Test foes


Ahead of the four match series between India and Australia skipper Virat Kohli spoke warmly about his friendships with the Australian players but an ill-tempered series has put paid to any thoughts of amicability.

Speaking after India claimed the four match series with an eight wicket win in Dharamsala Kohli claimed his friendships with Australia’s players were over.

In response to be questioned about his pre-series comments the skipper said: “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. The thing I said before the first Test, that has certainly changed and you won’t hear me say that ever again.”

His opposite number Steve Smith confessed that things had boiled over in this series unnecessarily and apologised during the post-match press conference.

Smith said: “I set myself high standards and I wanted to lead from the front with my performances.

“I have sort of been very intense in my own little bubble and at times I have let my emotions and actions just falter a little bit throughout this series and I apologise for that.

“That’s a big stride for me moving forward and something I can really learn from and continue to grow as an individual and as a leader.”

The BCCI published video of Matthew Wade aggressively sledging Ravindra Jadeja during the Dharamsala Test which Smith feels was a low blow.

The skipper said: “Yeah, I was a little bit disappointed that the BCCI sieved through the archive to find a conversation out on the field that was happening between Matty and Jadeja.

“It’s happened between both sides throughout this series, so the fact they’ve done that to us is a little bit disappointing.

“Usually what’s said on the field should stay on the field. It’s been a hard-fought series and guys are going to say things here and there, their emotions are going to be high. And so they should be in such a big series. So I was a little bit disappointed by the fact the BCCI did bring that out.”

Kohli hit out at his critics both in the Australian media and at home saying: “As I’ve said before, it’s not in my control.

“I’ve heard a very wise person tell 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. It’s fine, I was targeted individually and I hadn’t done well in the series. So opportunities galore for everyone to come out and speak about me.

“When I’ve done well in the past, people have spoken about me. When I haven’t done well I obviously expect them to come out and say all sorts of things. It’s obviously very easy to sit at home and write a blog or speak behind the mic. I think that’s easier than coming out and competing on the field.

“That’s all I have to say about that.”