The India-Australia Test series proved to be one of the most tightly fought series, both on and off the field. Things got heated up in the second Test at Bengaluru, where Indians made a fighting comeback after being demolished in Pune.
Things started to get ugly after Steve Smith asked help from pavilion for a DRS dismissal during the second Test and Smith called it a ‘brain fade’ moment. Kohli called out Smith after the match and stopped just short of calling Smith a cheat.
3rd Test showed Glenn Maxwell and allegedly Steve Smith mocking Kohli’s shoulder injury, which saw him take no part in field, apart from batting in the Test and it caused him to miss the 4th and final Test as well. The final Test at Dharamshala caught Wade sledging Ravindra Jadeja, as Jadeja was on a brilliant counter attack against Australians. Jadeja gave Wade a fitting reply, enraging Wade further, only for Ashwin to defuse the situation.
The final straw that broke the camel’s back was Steve Smith calling Murali Vijay a f***ing cheat, as Vijay claimed a catch off Josh Hazlewood, though the replays showed that the ball had touched the ground. All these controversies and fights have soured the relationships between Australian and Indian cricketers, some of whom play for the same team in the IPL.
Here is Kohli speaking his mind about Australia-India friendship on and off the field: