Kohli clarifies comments after Dharamsala Test

Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you're fronting up the next week for RCB versus whoever, at Bangalore, Chinnaswamy Stadium...

The 42-year-old received a flurry of criticism for his suggestions that Kohli pulled out of the fourth and the final Test against Australia in Dharamsala to save himself from the upcoming tenth edition of the IPL, cricket.com.au reported.

However, after what all happened between and during Tests, the Indian captain had declared those friendships irretrievably broken, and the relationship and trust he thought he had with the Australian players has been tarnished.

"Virat Kohli had to shake hands and move on after series win but he acted like a child", read a headline in Sydney's Daily Telegraph, which also called Kohli an "egomaniac". Kohli said he would not think of the Australians as friends "ever again" after India sealed a 2-1 victory in a pulsating series marked by flare-ups between the world's number one and two teams.

Former Australian global Brad Hodge Thursday apologised over suggestions firebrand Indian captain Virat Kohli pulled out of a Test match to save himself for the Indian Premier League. "It has been a great learning curve for me as an individual", said Smith, who scored 178 not out in the third Test in Ranchi.

Emotions were running high after Australia won the opening Test in Pune, but visiting skipper Steve Smith set off a storm of controversy in the second game.

When told about Kohli's clarification, Smith said, "That is for Virat to answer". But it was here that we saw a fascinating contrast in how India operated without Kohli in the middle, turning a couple of apparent weaknesses into the strengths that sealed the series. "I enjoyed the moment with my team", Rahane said at the RPSG presser. Former Australia player and current coach of the Gujarat Lions, Brad Hodge, was not impressed with Kohli's decision, questioning his commitment to the national side and prioritising the IPL, which will start on April 5. Jadeja took four wickets and scored 63 runs in Dharamsala to walk away with the player of the series award.

This obviously didn't go down well with many and one among them was an avid cricket lover Amitabh Bachchan.

"I always live in present".

When asked about his future plans and whether this league will help him to prepare for the Champions Trophy, Rahane said he right now he is not thinking about Champions trophy because he is focusing to give his best in IPL.

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