India vs Australia: At the end of the day, no beer hug

As the dust settled in Dharamsala, one thought the tempers between India and Australia will come down.

Published: 29th March 2017 01:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2017 05:30 AM   |  A+A-

Australia's captain Steven Smith, left, and India's captain Virat Kohli shake hands after India won their fourth test cricket match against Australia in Dharmsala, India, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. | AP

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DHARAMSALA: As the dust settled in Dharamsala, one thought the tempers between India and Australia will come down. In a series where off-field incidents have occupied much space, Tuesday provided them to leave behind everything on the field. Even after Steve Smith apologised, Virat Kohli was having none of it.

He revealed that his friendship with Australia players will never be the same. Smith even invited the Indian team for a drink, but they refused. 

Smith had triggered off a huge controversy in Bengaluru — the DRS-gate. Though the teams chose to move on, it boiled over in Ranchi too, where Glenn Maxwell was seen mocking Kohli’s injury. And there were accusations that Australia players had bad-mouthed the host’s physio Patrick Farhat.

With Kohli, missing the last Test, there was a considerable change. On Monday evening, BCCI’s host broadcaster telecasted a moment during India’s first innings where Matthew Wade was sledging Ravindra Jadeja. The video sees the two in a heated argument and even umpire Marais Erasmus couldn’t keep them quiet.

Smith, who scored 499 runs this series in his media briefing said, “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 and I apologise for that.” But he was unhappy with the way the BCCI uploaded the video.

“I was a little bit disappointed that the BCCI sieved through the archive to find a conversation out on the field that was happening between Matty and Jadeja. It’s happened between both sides throughout this series, so the fact they’ve done that to us is a little bit disappointing,” he said.

While Smith wanted to move on, Kohli who had spoken before the series about the friendship he shares with few Australian players feels it no longer remains the same.

“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 I’ve been proven wrong. The thing I said before the first Test, that has certainly changed and you won’t hear me say that ever again.’


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