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Virat Kohli is no longer friends with the Australian cricketers

The Border-Gavaskar trophy ended on 29th March as India wrapped up the last test on the fourth day itself. India won the series with a 2-1 scoreline. The cricket has been of great quality during the match but has arguably played second fiddle. Off the field comments and on-field shenanigans have taken a centre stage multiple times during the past month. The antics of the series seemed to have mellowed down as the last test ended without any controversies but that wasn’t so as can be seen by Virat Kohli’s comments in the post-match press conference.

Virat Kohli at a press conference
Virat Kohli at a press conference

Virat Kohli’s comments

Kohli sat out the fourth test because of a shoulder injury he picked up during the third test. Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-in captain, lead India to victory in the ultimate match of the series. In the post match conference on Tuesday, Kohli was asked by an Australian journalist whether he still considered the Aussies as his friends off-the-field.

Kohli replied “No, it has changed for sure. I thought that was the case but it has changed for sure. As I said in the heat of the battle, you want to be competitive but yeah I have been proven wrong. The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been proven wrong and you won’t hear me say that again.”

Virat Kohli brings drinks to the field during the fourth test
Virat Kohli brings drinks to the field during the fourth test

These comments were not necessary and the world cricket would have been better off without them. Virat Kohli is certainly an aggressive character and at this point, his comments can’t be defended. Still, with what happened in the third test and the Australian media’s comments regarding him, it is not hard to understand why he said what he said. Both the sides have been equally culpable when it comes to unnecessary on-field confrontations.

Events throughout the series

  • During the Second test in Bengaluru, Steve Smith was adjudged LBW. He looked to the dressing room to check whether to opt for the DRS which didn’t go down well with the Indian captain, Virat Kohli. He called Steven Smith a “cheat” while Smith explained it as a case of “Brain fade” on his part.

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  • In the third test, Kohli injured his shoulder while diving to stop a boundary. When he came out to bat, Australian batsman, Glenn Maxwell, was seen mocking the Indian Captain by holding his shoulder.
  • In the final test of the series, Steven Smith was seen mouthing the words “f***ing cheat” at Murali Vijay when the Indian opener claimed a catch at gully of Josh Hazlewood.
  • Matthew Wade came face to face with Ravindra Jadeja after Glenn Maxwell’s dismissal. The Australian keeper was also seen regularly sledging the Indian all-rounder during the first innings.

Media also played a huge part during the events of the series. Fox News Australia grouped Virat Kohli along with animals as he was up for the “Vettel of the Week” award. “Virat Kohli is the Donald Trump of world sport” was the opening line of Daily Telegraph on 21st March. Safe to say, the series has renewed the bad blood that the two teams shared during the Ganguly-Ponting era.

Virat Kohli is no longer friends with the Australian cricketers

The Border-Gavaskar trophy ended on 29th March as India wrapped up the last test on the fourth day itself. India won the series with a 2-1 scoreline. The cricket has been of great quality during the match but has arguably played second fiddle. Off the field comments and on-field shenanigans have taken a centre stage multiple times during the past month. The antics of the series seemed to have mellowed down as the last test ended without any controversies but that wasn’t so as can be seen by Virat Kohli’s comments in the post-match press conference.

Virat Kohli at a press conference
Virat Kohli at a press conference

Virat Kohli’s comments

Kohli sat out the fourth test because of a shoulder injury he picked up during the third test. Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-in captain, lead India to victory in the ultimate match of the series. In the post match conference on Tuesday, Kohli was asked by an Australian journalist whether he still considered the Aussies as his friends off-the-field.

Kohli replied “No, it has changed for sure. I thought that was the case but it has changed for sure. As I said in the heat of the battle, you want to be competitive but yeah I have been proven wrong. The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been proven wrong and you won’t hear me say that again.”

Virat Kohli brings drinks to the field during the fourth test
Virat Kohli brings drinks to the field during the fourth test

These comments were not necessary and the world cricket would have been better off without them. Virat Kohli is certainly an aggressive character and at this point, his comments can’t be defended. Still, with what happened in the third test and the Australian media’s comments regarding him, it is not hard to understand why he said what he said. Both the sides have been equally culpable when it comes to unnecessary on-field confrontations.

Events throughout the series

  • During the Second test in Bengaluru, Steve Smith was adjudged LBW. He looked to the dressing room to check whether to opt for the DRS which didn’t go down well with the Indian captain, Virat Kohli. He called Steven Smith a “cheat” while Smith explained it as a case of “Brain fade” on his part.

58bf4ff7ce929_473screen_shot_2017_03_08_at_11.27.18_am

  • In the third test, Kohli injured his shoulder while diving to stop a boundary. When he came out to bat, Australian batsman, Glenn Maxwell, was seen mocking the Indian Captain by holding his shoulder.
  • In the final test of the series, Steven Smith was seen mouthing the words “f***ing cheat” at Murali Vijay when the Indian opener claimed a catch at gully of Josh Hazlewood.
  • Matthew Wade came face to face with Ravindra Jadeja after Glenn Maxwell’s dismissal. The Australian keeper was also seen regularly sledging the Indian all-rounder during the first innings.

Media also played a huge part during the events of the series. Fox News Australia grouped Virat Kohli along with animals as he was up for the “Vettel of the Week” award. “Virat Kohli is the Donald Trump of world sport” was the opening line of Daily Telegraph on 21st March. Safe to say, the series has renewed the bad blood that the two teams shared during the Ganguly-Ponting era.

Virat Kohli is no longer friends with the Australian cricketers

The Border-Gavaskar trophy ended on 29th March as India wrapped up the last test on the fourth day itself. India won the series with a 2-1 scoreline. The cricket has been of great quality during the match but has arguably played second fiddle. Off the field comments and on-field shenanigans have taken a centre stage multiple times during the past month. The antics of the series seemed to have mellowed down as the last test ended without any controversies but that wasn’t so as can be seen by Virat Kohli’s comments in the post-match press conference.

Virat Kohli at a press conference
Virat Kohli at a press conference

Virat Kohli’s comments

Kohli sat out the fourth test because of a shoulder injury he picked up during the third test. Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-in captain, lead India to victory in the ultimate match of the series. In the post match conference on Tuesday, Kohli was asked by an Australian journalist whether he still considered the Aussies as his friends off-the-field.

Kohli replied “No, it has changed for sure. I thought that was the case but it has changed for sure. As I said in the heat of the battle, you want to be competitive but yeah I have been proven wrong. The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been proven wrong and you won’t hear me say that again.”

Virat Kohli brings drinks to the field during the fourth test
Virat Kohli brings drinks to the field during the fourth test

These comments were not necessary and the world cricket would have been better off without them. Virat Kohli is certainly an aggressive character and at this point, his comments can’t be defended. Still, with what happened in the third test and the Australian media’s comments regarding him, it is not hard to understand why he said what he said. Both the sides have been equally culpable when it comes to unnecessary on-field confrontations.

Events throughout the series

  • During the Second test in Bengaluru, Steve Smith was adjudged LBW. He looked to the dressing room to check whether to opt for the DRS which didn’t go down well with the Indian captain, Virat Kohli. He called Steven Smith a “cheat” while Smith explained it as a case of “Brain fade” on his part.

58bf4ff7ce929_473screen_shot_2017_03_08_at_11.27.18_am

  • In the third test, Kohli injured his shoulder while diving to stop a boundary. When he came out to bat, Australian batsman, Glenn Maxwell, was seen mocking the Indian Captain by holding his shoulder.
  • In the final test of the series, Steven Smith was seen mouthing the words “f***ing cheat” at Murali Vijay when the Indian opener claimed a catch at gully of Josh Hazlewood.
  • Matthew Wade came face to face with Ravindra Jadeja after Glenn Maxwell’s dismissal. The Australian keeper was also seen regularly sledging the Indian all-rounder during the first innings.

Media also played a huge part during the events of the series. Fox News Australia grouped Virat Kohli along with animals as he was up for the “Vettel of the Week” award. “Virat Kohli is the Donald Trump of world sport” was the opening line of Daily Telegraph on 21st March. Safe to say, the series has renewed the bad blood that the two teams shared during the Ganguly-Ponting era.

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