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Friendships with Australia players over, says Kohli

31   //    28 Mar 2017, 14:54 IST
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India captain Virat Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli says his friendships with Australia's players are over following an acrimonious Test series between the two nations.

Prior to the opening Test in Pune, Kohli spoke of his close relationships with members of the Australia side, stating: "I'm really good friends with all these guys off the field."

Yet after India wrapped up a 2-1 series victory in Dharamsala on Tuesday, winning by eight wickets in a Test Kohli was forced to miss due to a shoulder injury, a very different opinion was voiced.

Asked in a post-match news conference if he stood by his comments regarding a friendly rivalry, Kohli said: "No, it has changed. 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."

Kohli's opposite number Steve Smith - comfortably the leading run-scorer in the series with 499 at an average of 71 - was more conciliatory in tone, issuing an apology for letting his emotions get the better of him at times.

Australia's captain, who claimed his part in the DRS row that overshadowed the second Test in Bangalore was the result of a "brain fade", appeared to be captured on camera directing an abusive comment towards Murali Vijay during the Dharamsala Test.

Yet although he expressed remorse for letting "my emotions and actions just falter a little bit" at times, Smith also expressed unhappiness at the BCCI's decision to broadcast an on-field row between Matthew Wade and Ravindra Jadeja that occurred on day three of the final Test.

"I was a little bit disappointed that the BCCI sieved through the archives to find a conversation out on the field that was happening between Matty and Jadeja," explained Smith.

"I think it's happened between both sides throughout this series so the fact that they've done that to us is a little bit disappointing. And I think usually what's said on the field should stay on the field. 

"It's been a hard-fought series and guys are going to say things here and there and their emotions are going to be high, and so they should be in such a big series. So I was a little bit disappointed by the fact the BCCI did bring that out."
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