Virat Kohli: Friendship comment was 'blown out of proportion'
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 23:26
"My answer at the post-match conference has been blown way out of proportion", the feisty 28-year-old, who is also captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, said on his verified Twitter account on Thursday.
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.
My intention was never to harm, criticise or be derogatory toward anyone and they were meant to be light-hearted comments, said Hodge.
"The public and fans have every right to be upset and the backlash I have received has certainly driven the point home".
"You'd hope as a sportsman that he's seriously injured", he told Fox Sports on Sunday.
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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.
Kohli had missed the series-decider owing to a shoulder injury and even that had been mocked by the Australian players. For me, the series is done and dusted and India have outplayed us.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli remained combative, declaring he was no longer friends with Australian cricketers, but Steve Smith struck a conciliatory note by apologising for letting his emotions slip as hostilities lingered at the end of an intense Test series. When asked whether he will continue to be friends with Australians after the series as had been indicated before the series began, he said "No, it has changed for sure".
Wrapping up the win appeared a formality for India when their openers walked out at the picturesque venue nestled in the shadows of the Himalayas needing just 87 runs to seal the series 2-1 with all 10 second innings wickets intact. In the heat of the battle you want to be competitive but I've been proven wrong. I like Kohli. I think he's a very good captain and he's great for Indian cricket, but you don't need to be doing that. The changes we made in our fitness regime have paid off. Guys have been able to sustain the performance throughout the season.
Ajinkya Rahane led India in absence of Virat Kohli in Dharamsala.
Things blew up in the second Test, when the captain accused his Australian counterpart Steve Smith of sharp practice after he was spotted asking for help from the dressing room before challenging an umpire's decision.