Australians no longer friends, says Indian skipper Virat Kohli

India retained the ICC Test Championship mace and pocketed a cash prize money of United States dollars 1 million for ensuring they finish at the top of the Test rankings on the cut-off date of April 1, 2017 following their 2-1 series win against Australia.

These comments come after Australia captain Steve Smith, ahead of the start of fourth Test, opined that the team would be in "fine hands" if led by the Mumbai batsman.

"I am really good friends with all these guys off the field", Kohli said before the first test in Pune. Newspapers laid into the winning captain for saying he no longer counted the Australian players as friends, and they also took a dig at India's refusal when invited to join the visitors for a beer. He said he'd get back to me. "I thought he did a fantastic job", the former Australian captain told ESPNcricinfo. In the heat of the battle you want to be competitive but I've been proven wrong.

India had gone into the home series against Australia needing to win one Test to guarantee their No. 1 ranking.

"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", added Smith, the top scorer in the series.

Ravindra Jadeja exchanged heated words with Matthew Wade and Smith was caught on camera mouthing abuse towards Murali Vijay after he claimed a clean catch that was overturned by the TV umpire. "I think usually what's said on the field stays on the field".

It remains to be seen whether the simmering tension from the test series spills over into the upcoming Indian Premier League, where quite a few players from both the sides will be playing with and against each other.

"That's a big stride for me moving forward".

The hype resulted in an intensely fought series and the tide in a couple of Tests turned in a matter of a session or two. Glenn Maxwell's century in the first innings of that match ensured that his average of almost 40 was second only behind Smith while Matthew Wade made runs fairly consistently. India won because they had players standing up to deliver in place of their out of form skipper who just contributed 46 in the five innings that he played.

  • Carolyn Briggs