Australian media has termed Indian Captain Virat Kohli “classless” on Wednesday, after Kohli said some harsh words in post match press conference in Dharamshala, after Australia lost the series 2-1 and with it relinquished the Border Gavaskar trophy 2017.
Kohli had said that he no longer was friends with Australian cricketers, after the series saw some heated arguments and controversial behavior on the part of Australian cricketers on and off the field. Sydney Telegraph called Kohli “egomaniac” in an article headlined as “"Virat Kohli had to shake hands and move on after series win but he acted like a child”.
"If there were any doubts about the poor spirit between the Indian and Australian sides it was confirmed after the series when the home side shunned a suggestion the two sides drink together,” wrote Australian journalist Peter Lalor.
The Australian media has been on the heels of Kohli since the second Test in Bengaluru and have criticized him for every little move. Brad Hodge even said that Kohli missed the fourth Test in order to get fit for IPL. Former Australian players and even captain Michael Clarke had warned Australian media that the criticism was crossing a line.
"I asked if he wanted us to come in for a drink, this being the end of the series. He said he'd get back to me. With Ajinkya, we get on well,” said Smith, after Indian team declined Australian team’s invitation for drinks. Smith and Rahane will play for the same IPL franchise - Rising Pune Supergiants in the upcoming IPL, where Smith will captain the team in place of MS Dhoni.