Didn’t mean whole Oz team, on good terms with a few: Virat Kohli

Written by Newsroom Staff March 30, 2017 11:43

New Delhi, Mar 30: India captain Virat Kohli today claimed his comment on friendship with the Australian team was “blown out of proportion” and he continues to be on good terms with a few cricketers from Down Under.

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Kohli on Tuesday said he no longer considers Australian cricketers his friends after being targeted both on and off the field by them in a fiercely-fought Test series that his team won.

When asked if he stood by his affirmation of friendly rivalry made earlier in the series, 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,” the Indian skipper said.

Kohli had stopped short of calling Steve Smith a cheat for his ‘DRS Brain Fade’ moment after which a section of Australian cricketers (current and former) along with their media targeted the Indian captain, going as far as to compare him with controversial US president Donald Trump.

Worst, the Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, in a sarcastic remark to a radio station, said Kohli perhaps does not know the spelling of sorry.