Indian Captian Virat Kohli on March 28 made it clear that he was not ready to forgive the Australian players for what they did this series and that they were “no longer friends”.
While addressing the media after India’s 2-1 series win over the Australian, Kohli was asked if still considered Steve Smith and the rest of the Aussie team as his friends (he said so before the start of the series).
While many would have said yes, just to keep things diplomatic, and end the controversy there, Kohli gave a very definite answer.
“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 ever again.”
The issue it seems might gain traction again from April 5, when the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicks off again and Kohli and Smith once again face off as captains of opposite teams.
Kohli, throughout the series, was targeted by the Australian team and was even subjected to bullying by the Aussie media where they constantly questioned his attitude and even called him the Donald Trump of sports.
Very easy to sit at home and write a blog, speak behind the mic, that is easier than coming out and competing on the field: Virat Kohli pic.twitter.com/mbTIpAzVU9
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 28, 2017