Aussie cricketers are no longer friends, says Virat Kohli

"Commenting on the second innings collapse in which the visitors were bundled out for 137 with Glenn Maxwell (45) emerging as the highest scorer, Smith said:" I'm not really sure at this present time.

The prolific batsman tweeted: "My answer at the post-match conference has been blown way out of proportion".

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 targeted the Indian captain, going as far as to compare him with controversial USA president Donald Trump.

"Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you're fronting up the next week for RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) versus whoever. you'd be pretty dirty if he didn't front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia", Hodge had said on Sunday.

He had apparently accused the Indian captain Virat Kohli of skipping the deciding Dharamsala Test because of his IPL commitments.

Without Kohli, India went on to win the fourth Test, during which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) put a video on its website of a spat between all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

"For me the series is done and dusted and India have outplayed us".

The Indian players pose with the trophy after winning the series. Meanwhile, Smith was again caught on camera mouthing expletives and the word "cheat" against Murali Vijay, who seemed to have claimed a bumped catch.

When asked about the injury at the post-match presentation in Dharamsala, Kohli said: "Still a few weeks to go till I can be 100% on the field, but I got to take in my stride". A lot of people wrote us off.

"I've been in my own bubble and I've let my emotions bubble over I apologise for that".

Prior to the opening Test at Pune, Kohli had said that regardless of what is said and done in the heat of moment is invariably forgotten when the teams vacate the combat zone. "But the maturity and the responsibility shown by all the guys in the team was pleasing to see, especially from the outside", said Kohli. We aspire to be number one in all formats, so while the team's efforts in India, and across the summer following the disappointment of the first two Tests against South Africa, represent a significant improvement, we all know that we must continue to learn and develop our skills. Smith had said that "the emotions got the better of him".

The Indian captain has been suffering from shoulder injury that he had sustained on the first day of the Ranchi Test against Australia.

  • Julie Sanders