Kohli says friendship comments blown out of proportion, Hodge apologises for questioning integrity

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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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At the end of the enthralling four-match series, which India won 2-1 following victory in the Dharamsala Test, Kohli had said that his views on friendship with the Australians have changed.

“No, it has changed for sure. 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 yeah I have been proven wrong. The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been proven wrong and you won’t hear me say that ever again,” Kohli had said.

However, the young captain, in a series of tweets, clarified that his comment was not meant for the entire Australian team.

“My answer at the post match conference has been blown way out of proportion. I did not categorically say the whole Australian team but….,” read the first tweet.

“Only a couple of individuals. I continue to be in good terms with the few guys I know & who I’ve played with at RCB & that doesn’t change,” he wrote in his second tweet.

The series was mired in controversies with one following another. It all started when Australian captain Steve Smith took dressing room help in taking a DRS call and Kohli stopped short of calling him a cheat.

Kohli was also attacked by the rival players and Australian media, which likened him to US President Donald Trump. Cricket Australia also jumped into the controversy when its CEO James Sutherland said Kohli perhaps does not know how to spell the word sorry.

The fireworks continued till the final Test, in which Ravindra Jadeja and Matthew Wade were involved in a verbal duel and Smith was heard using a cuss word against Murali Vijay for claiming a catch that was deemed not clean.

Meanwhile, Former Australian batsman Brad Hodge has apologised to Kohli for his comments questioning the latter’s integrity after the Indian captain pulled out of the Dharamsala Test due to a shoulder injury.

The former Australian batsman said that it would be “pretty dirty” of Kohli if he was seen in action for the IPL opening match as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad on 5 April.

Speaking to Fox Sports News’ Gameday Live, Hodge, now coach of the Gujarat Lions in the IPL, said, “Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for RCB versus whoever, Bangalore, at Chinnaswamy Stadium — you’d be pretty dirty if he did not front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia – which has been pretty spiteful as well.”

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