INDIA vs AUSTRALIA

Steve Smith not sure if Kohli hinted to be not friends with him  

Aussie skipper Smith isn't sure if Kohli would wish to continue being friends with him in the aftermath of a bitter 4-match Test series

Virat Kohli & Steve Smith News
Virat Kohli & Steve Smith. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virat Kohli took to Twitter to clear the air about his comments in the post-match conference. Earlier, he had stated that he would not want to be friends with the Australians anymore but he later clarified that he was talking about a couple of individuals and not the entire team and his comments were “blown out of proportion”.

Steve Smith, who has joined his franchise Rising Pune Supergiants ahead of the IPL, wasn’t sure if Kohli hinted at not being friends with him. Smith and Kohli led their side with a lot of passion in the series which led to bitterness amongst both sides as the series unfolded.

“That is for Virat to answer. I don’t know if I am one of those a couple of players Virat was hinting at in his tweet today.” He further added – “For me the series is done and dusted and India have outplayed us. I am now ready to lead a new bunch of team at the Pune Supergiant,”

Shortly after the series was concluded, Smith invited Rahane, who is his teammate in the IPL, for a round of beers after the formalities of the series were completed. Rahane was busy celebrating the series win with his own teammates and politely turned down the invitation. “We had our own celebrations together in our dressing rooms and I was busy there. It was a very well-fought series and we had to enjoy after long and successful season,” Rahane said.

Rahane, who replaced the injured Kohli as the captain of the side in the deciding Test at Dharamsala, led the team with distinction and with a lot of calmness. Both Kohli and Rahane have contrasting styles of leadership and are unique in their own way.

“Virat is a great leader, a great ambassador of the game. He has done so well for the country.”

“I am calm and cool, and that brings the best out of me; while Virat is aggressive, and that brings the best out of him” said Rahane about his style being different to the regular skipper Kohli.

Rahane was keen to move on from the series as it has concluded and India got the desired result. “It was a well -fought series and we all played good cricket. Credit goes to Australia for the way they played. But I believe in staying in the present. My focus is on the IPL now.”

Kohli, on the other hand, is still waiting to recover from his shoulder injury and might miss the initial phases of the tournament.

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