Hodge apologises to Kohli over injury comments
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 22:32
That behaviour has made Kohli public enemy number one in Australia, but during the final test, Gambhir said he had done nothing wrong and was being unfairly targeted.
The Indian talisman came into the series in sparkling form and was expected to run the Australian attack ragged but he endured a rare flop, proving that he's not invincible after all. I thought that was the case but it has changed for sure.
Chetan also highlighted on the banters between the two teams and described this series as another chapter in the rivalry between Australia and India.
It is rare, nearly unheard of, for a CA chairman to release a statement after a Test series, but such were the tensions between the two camps in this four-Test campaign that Peever opted to express his feelings.
The hard-fought series also ended with plenty of acrimony on the field with India captain Virat Kohli declaring that his friendship with Australia's cricketers was over. He all but called the Australians cheats (though he was careful not to use the word), continually sledged Steve Smith's men and accused his opponents of making fun of the Indian physio. Kohli has repeatedly been a target of the Australian press during the series, to the extent that former captain Michael Clarke warned the criticism was "getting out of control". He said he'd get back to me.
Before the start of the series, many predicted that the Smith-led young Australian side will be whitewashed by the Indians.
Australia captain Steve Smith has successfully defended his number-one position and is now 61 points ahead of his New Zealand opposite number, Kane Williamson, who has moved up two places to second following his 176 in the Hamilton Test. They suffered only one defeat at the hands of Australia in Pune by a massive 333 runs which also broke their unbeaten streak. Indeed, all the bonhomie before the Test series began has gone sour.
Kohli was ruled out on the morning of the series-decider against Australia after failing to recover from the injury he sustained in the third test in Ranchi, leaving Ajinkya Rahane to lead India to an eight-wicket victory.
"Really pleased for him and what he's brought to the team as a leader". One of the best I have been a part of.
The fourth and final Test in Dharamsala saw a fresh controversy as Ravindra Jadeja and Matthew Wade engaged in a slanging match that could have been left on the field - had India's cricket board not intervened.
After the last test, he reportedly refused to share a beer with the Aussies and said previous friendships with them were now non-existent.