Brad Hodge apologises to Virat Kohli after backlash

"Time away from playing might help Kohli to reach a fairer viewpoint on what has transpired over the past six weeks: a terrific battle in which the Australians genuinely challenged India, and gave Kohli the toughest time of his worldwide career to date", he said.

Tensions exploded after India evened the series in the second Test, when Kohli claimed Smith had "crossed the line" by trying to get help from his dressing room with the decision review system.

India just clinched yet another Test series and that too against Australia.

India captain Virat Kohli believes his post-match comments in Dharamsala regarding his friendship with Australian players has been "blown way out of proportion" and clarified they were directed only at a couple of individuals.

It was thought Kohli's declaration of his spiteful relationship with everything that is Australian didn't befit his stature and was highly unbecoming of acaptain.

India opener Lokesh Rahul, who hit two half-centuries in the deciding Dharamsala Test against Australia, today jumped 11 places to a career-high rank of 11th in the latest ICC chart for Test batsmen.

"I spoke after the game that India outplayed us and won the series 2-1". "As I said in the heat of the battle, you want to be competitive but yeah I've been proven wrong".

"It has changed", Kohli said.

The draw in Ranchi stood out for Cheteshwar Pujara's dogged resistance and Pat Cummins' successful return to test cricket but the bitterness returned when Glenn Maxwell mocked Kohli for an injury that would keep him out of the series decider.

Brad Hodge has apologised for comments about Virat Kohli as they threaten to overshadow his coaching endeavours with Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League starting next week. Taylor had also said, "At the end of the day it's become a fully professional game with quite a bit at stake, but it's still just a game and I think that's what people have got to remember".

"That's something I can really learn from".

The 27-year-old, however, was upset that the media team of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) posted the video of the Jadeja-Wade spat on social media.

The Australian's Peter Lalor wrote: "If there were any doubts about the poor spirit between the Indian and Australian sides it was confirmed after the series when the home side shunned a suggestion the two sides drink together". "Some gave them little chance of testing the world's number one team, but instead showed resilience, adaptability and a determination to overcome the difficulties they have experienced in recent years in such conditions".

  • Julie Sanders