Australian cricketers no longer ‘good friends’, says Virat Kohli, watch video

There were several instances of sledging and verbal volleys being delivered throughout the series and at times things seemed to go out of hand.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 28, 2017 9:51 pm
The Australian cricketers were seen making fun of Kohli’s shoulder injury during the series. (Source: File)

Indian skipper Virat Kolhi is not the one to back down from a fight and never deters to call a spade by its name. After being regularly targeted both on and off the field in a fiercely fought Test series against Australia, Kohli has gone on record to state that he no longer considers his opposition Australian cricketers as his friends.

Speaking at the post match press-conference, when Kohli was asked about his thoughts of friendship with the Aussies, he said, “It has changed for sure. I thought that was the case, but it has changed for sure. In the heat of the battle you want to be competitive but I have 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”

It may be recalled here that before the start of the series Kohli had said that he was really good friends with all the Australian players off the field. “I know them really well but I know where to draw the line of friendship and when you step on the field I could be playing against my real brother it wouldn’t matter”, he had said.

But now all the bonhomie has gone sour. Even at the post match presentation Kohli had said, “Regardless of whether we are on top or not, we speak, if something pokes us we speak and give it right back,”. He further added, “All people don’t digest it well but we take it very well and we give it back even better.”

There were several instances of sledging and verbal volleys being delivered throughout the series and at times things seemed to go out of hand. One such moment was Steve Smith’s ‘brainfade’ moment which really irked the Indian skipper. In other instances during the series, the Australian cricketers were seen making fun of Kohli’s shoulder injury.

Even Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive officer James Sutherland took a dig at him, saying Kohli perhaps does not know the spelling of sorry.

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    aneel
    Mar 28, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    Humble in victory and gracious in defeat is the spirit of sports, unfortunately arrogance of Virat is unworthy of a talent like him.
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      aneel
      Mar 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm
      While Viral is a great and talented cricketer his comments shows him to be a lesser sportsman. What happens on the field should remain on the field and afterwards be sports person. Even his atude and slogging the Australians was not in the spirit of the game but the Australians are not whinging about it. Come on Viral have a life outside the field
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      1. Arman Oza
        Mar 28, 2017 at 2:40 pm
        Good that Kohli gave it back to them. After all he has proved that the game speaks louder. Cricket is a gentleman's game but there are some in this game who just cannot break away from their past and they have to be treated accordingly. Don't know if they are still living their 'brain-fade' moments.
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          Arun
          Mar 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm
          Basically Virat kohli is aggressive by nature unlike MS Dhoni or Ajinkya Rahane.He must learn from them as how to be cool on field and then be aggressive with Bat rather than body language.It is advised selection Board/BCCI to replace him either by Rahane or any sensible cricketer having coolness like Rahane,Pujara.We must respect our guests.
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            RAJIBABA
            Mar 28, 2017 at 7:20 pm
            VIRAT BYGONES BE BYGONES YOU WILL BE MORE RESPECTED TOBE FRIENDS AGAIN WITH ALL AUSTRLIAN CRICKETERS, AS A HOST INVITE THOSE PLAYERS FOR DINNER
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