Kohli's gripe is only with 'a couple' of Australia players
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 23:48
"I take this opportunity to apologise to the people of India, cricket fans, the Indian national cricket team and particularly Virat Kohli for my previous comments", Hodge's his apology read.
On being asked by an Australian reporter whether he still considered the Australians to be his friends as he had said at the start of the series, Kohli minced no words and said, "No, it has changed for sure".
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. At home this season, the Indians have also beaten New Zealand 3-0, England 4-0, and Bangladesh in a one-off test. "I thought he did a fantastic job", the former Australian captain told ESPNcricinfo.
India's eight wicket victory over Australia in the fourth and final Test brought to a close an evenly fought and entertaining Test series even as it tipped the balance 2-1 in favour of India, enabling Virat Kohli's men to wrest the Border Gavaskar Trophy from the visitors.
"The thing I said before the first Test (about being friends), I have certainly been proven wrong, and you won t hear me say that ever again".
".I am deeply apologetic to the country which has bought me so much joy, and its inspirational leader in Virat Kohli, to whom I mean no ill-intention & respect highly as a professional", he concluded. I thought (the series against) England was intense, but the way Australia gave us a fight it was fantastic on their part but our guys kept bouncing back.
All could have been forgiven and forgotten on the final day, but Kohli remained unhappy despite India's series win.
India's highest run scorer in this series, Cheteshwar Pujara, was then run out for a duck, with a direct hit from Glenn Maxwell.
In a message on social media, Kohli stated, "My answer at the post match conference has been blown way out of proportion". Meanwhile, India's stand-in skipper for the Dharamsala Test, Rahane said he could not accept the invitation for beers with the Australians as he was busy celebrating with his own teammates in the Indian dressing room.
"We are very happy with the number one ranking in the world but our main challenge begins now", the 28-year-old said. He was pumping up the crowd, giving every Australian player a send-off and generally being fired up.
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever paid tribute to Smith, who scored 499 runs as Australia flirted with their first series win in India since 2004, highlighting the captain's "gracious" demeanour.
"I always live in present".