I apologise for letting emotions slip: Smith
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 16:31
"The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been proven wrong and you won't hear me say that ever again".
"Few of the guys have told me that the kind of fast bowling bunch that we have now gives us a good chance to go outside India and put in good performances", added Kohli.
Brad Hodge in his apology mentions, "I take this opportunity to apologize to the people of India, cricket fans, the Indian national cricket team and particularly to Virat Kohli for my previous comments".
"As I said, in the heat of the battle you want to be competitive but I've been proven wrong. Shows the character and maturity", Kohli said after the match.
Hodge, however, has now realized that he might have erred in his judgment with regard to Kohli's injury and posted an apology to the Indian captain and passionate cricket fans on his Twitter account.
It also taught all of us in the media that Test cricket isn't so much about what happened in the past (Australia couldn't draw a Test in Sri Lanka and India didn't lose a single Test in over a year) but only about what happens on the day. Meanwhile, Kohli's shoulder injury was mocked by Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell during the third Test in Ranchi, while skipper Steve Smith had also accused the Indian skipper of telling lies after the latter had said his Australian counterpart had, more than once, sought help from the dressing room for DRS.
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 drink.
Thereafter, it was a series of verbal altercations between players of both the sides with the Australian media becoming an extension of its team and targetting Kohli viciously.
"They believed they could win sessions and win situations, and that was the most important thing, and the most challenging thing for us". Last year, Australia suffered a 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka before Steve Smith's men were beaten at home in the first two tests by South Africa.
The series was mired in controversies, with one following another.
The Indian team retained the ICC Test Championship mace and pocketed a $1 million cash award after cementing their top ranking with a seventh series victory in a row.
India are set to tour Sri Lanka and South Africa following the Champions Trophy 2017 that kicks-off in June and in between the two tours, they will host Australia for limited overs series as well.
But the relationship began to sour as India won the second test in Bengaluru to tie the series. "I have sort of been very intense in my own little bubble and at times I have let my emotions and actions just falter a little bit throughout this series and I apologise for that", Smith said on Tuesday.