Whatever happened during the Test series between India and Australia has changed some things which may have a far-reaching impact. While Aussie skipper Steve Smith apologized for his behaviour during the series after losing the Dharamsala test, Indian captain Virat Kohli seems in no mood to forgive.
During a chat with Glenn Maxwell recorded last year, Virat Kohli talked about his “friendly banters” with Aussie players. Smiling widely, Kohli uses sugary adjectives such as “sweet” and “a wonderful human being” for a few of them while Maxwell the interviewer grins.
The chemistry between the two was striking. Maxwell goes on to talk about the virtues of the IPL in that it brings players from different countries together. “It helps us to do what we are doing now (bonding),” Kohli gave his two cents. “You form perceptions without knowing people, and the IPL helps you lift those boundaries and you can be friends with people whom you play against as well. It makes people more fond of each other, and helps create strong bonds. (But) still people are competitive against each other.”
Maxwell added: “Correct. And… that’s the white line fever…as soon as you cross that white line, you are still going hard at each other, but there is still that respect off the field as well.”
That was then and now at the press conference after the Indian team won the bitterly fought series 2-1 on Tuesday, Virat Kohli made clear that his friendship with the Australian players, as a result of the bickering that marred the contests, was over. For good.
“No, it has changed,” he replied curtly when an Australian journalist asked him if his pre-series statement that he was “good friends with all these guys” was still valid. “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 added.