Mitchell Johnson taunts Virat Kohli again, says Ajinkya Rahane should be skipper

Earlier, Kohli had stopped short of calling his rival captain 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 skipper, going as far as to compare him with controversial USA president Donald Trump. Repeated verbals between the two teams ensured that games were frequently on the edge.

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

It's been a fiery month, both on and off the field, for India and Australia with the visitors involved in a handful of controversies.

India prevailed in Dharamsala, the third new test venue unveiled in the series, after some fine individual performances pushed the balance in the home side's favour, but there was little let up in the acrimony. "King Kohli", despite his nickname, slumped to scores of just 0, 13, 12, 15 and 6 in his five innings.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: "On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate India for achieving and maintaining number-one status amid some stiff competition, particularly from Australia and Pakistan who both held the top spot over the a year ago, and South Africa who have had some great Test series wins of late". The crowd favourites were not averse to a good scrap but neither were the ever-aggressive Australians. When questioned about the difficulties and how he manage to do that, Rahane said that it is challenging but they are professionals now.

"That is how a fast bowler takes out his frustration".

India won the Test final against Australia without the skipper, who sustained an on-field shoulder injury. Smith accumulated 499 runs, including three centuries, to join an illustrious group of touring batsmen to score three tons in a series on Indian soil.

Asked about Kohli's comment in a pre-departure media interaction, Lehmann said, "Disappointing but that's his opinion isn't it?"

The incident at the time threatened to send the series into meltdown with Kohli refusing to provide proof of his accusations. Rather than Ravichandran Ashwin, it was fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja who led the hosts' bowling strike force, upstaging his more acclaimed colleague. He also scored two crucial half-centuries while batting lower down the order. "It's good to see the players enjoy the challenges that Test cricket presents and have high regard for others who do well in the format".

Hodge had said that if it was not a serious injury, then the Indian captain should have played the Dharamsala Test, especially knowing that the four-match series was deadlocked at 1-1.

  • Julie Sanders