Kohli: No longer friends with Australia cricket team

Steve Smith is a big man to admit that he has made a mistake. "My respect for him as a captain and person has gone even higher for admitting that he was wrong".

"I have been very intense and at times I have let my emotions falter a little bit throughout this series and I apologise for that", Smith said.

"I asked if he wanted us to come in for a drink being at the end of the series".

"It was a magnificent series".

India defeated Australia by eight wickets in the fourth and final Test at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium here on Tuesday to clinch the four-match series 2-1 and regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Newspapers laid into the winning captain for saying that he no longer counted the Australian players as friends, and they also took shots at India's apparent snub when invited to join the tourists for a beer.

"We give it right back".

Tensions exploded after India evened the series in the second Test, when Kohli claimed Smith had "crossed the line" by trying to get help from his dressing room with the decision review system.

That comment summed up the Indian spirit during the series. The crowd favourites were not averse to a good scrap but neither were the ever-aggressive Australians.

Smith had triggered off a huge controversy in Bengaluru - the DRS-gate. But India was pushed to the brink by the Aussies on home ground, which suggests Kohli and the Indian team will have their task cut out when they play overseas and team performance inevitably declines, going by past precedent. The Board also congratulated the team for retaining the No.1 position in the ICC Test rankings.

Smith, however, expressed disappointment with the BCCI for airing on-field exchanges between R Jadeja and Matthew Wade through a video clip on its website, in which umpire Ian Gould could be heard trying to intervene.

"No, it has changed for sure".

"You have to say, 'Well, irrespective of my own performance and that of my team I've got to go and put my face in there and say thanks for the contest.' "At the end of the day it's become a fully professional game with quite a bit at stake, but it's still just a game and I think that's what people have got to remember", he added". But I have been proven wrong.

Recall the India-Australia series of 2001.

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

Brushing the criticism aside, Kohli said he hardly cared for what was spoken or written about him Down Under.

"The credit goes to all of them, support staff s role is not highlighted much but their contribution is almost 40 percent because they handle the players' mindset and their skills and working hard with them, giving them good feedback, so these are important things. The easiest thing to do is to just sit at home and write a blog or speak on the mike but to go out there and bowl and bat is different".

  • Julie Sanders