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By , July 12, 2017 2:43 pm

Virat Kohli has declared that the friendship with the Australians is over after their heated series in April left their relationships and friendships in tatters. The star player said that, while they were friends off the field, when the teams enter the area of battle all friendships end.

He says he is friends with the opponents off the field but added that the ill-tempered four-match series could change things. Kohli struggled to have much impact before he was forced to withdraw in the final Test due to injury, only for him to return strongly in his onslaught against the Aussies.

WIth him in the team, India were favourites on, but once he was withdrawn, India’s chances of victory tumbled.

“I’m really good friends with all these guys off the field. I know them really well, but I know where to draw the line of friendship. When you step onto the field, I could be playing against my big brother it wouldn’t matter,” he said ahead of the Test.

Kohli and fellow captain had it bad when Steve Smith breached the rule of looking towards the dressing room for tips before the DRS review. Kohli accused the Australian team of systematic impropriety, citing other times as well, in their review protocols.

There were a lot of accusations during the Tests. Kohli claimed the Australians had soiled the reputation of the physiotherapist that treated him when he injured his shoulder. The commentators from the Asian side claimed Gleen Maxwell was mocking them by clutching his right shoulder and Kohli repeated the gesture during the game.

After the game, Smith apologized for letting his “emotions falter a little bit throughout the series.”  Kohli is in no mood to forgive, even hitting out at the media for their criticism of his batting. He said that his bad experiences during the course of the series have made him rethink his friendships.

“No, it has changed. I thought that was the case, but it has changed for sure,” he said in response to questions if things remained cases of friendly rivalry.

“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,” he added.


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By , March 28, 2014 9:03 am

The Indian Cricket team lost the first test match against New Zealand at Auckland by 40 runs. It was their 5th defeat on the tour in 6 matches.

At one point of time, MS Dhoni’s boys were looking good to rewrite the history as they had crossed the 200 mark without losing too many wickets chasing a target of 407. But, once the Kiwis got the new ball in their hands, things turned around totally. India lost wickets one after another and got dismissed for a little more than 360 to get down by 0-1 in the series.

However, this is a very young Indian team which hasn’t played that much red ball cricket overseas, so, they don’t deserve criticism for this. In fact, they should be praised for the way they came back firing with the ball after getting trailed by 330 odd runs in the first innings.

The fast bowlers hit perfect areas on the third day and bundled the Kiwis out for 105 to make sure that his team didn’t get an impossible total to hunt down.

The bowler who took the most no. of wickets for India during the match was Ishant Sharma. He got 6 in the first innings, while, 3 in the second and probably saved his test match career by doing that. He was under the scanner coming on this tour and after failing in the limited overs matches, there was huge pressure on him to perform in the longest format.

Mohammad Shami delivered too in the second innings for India. He was the one who rattled the hosts with the new ball and then, the other bowlers cashed in. He grabbed a total of 4 wickets in the match which was a decent effort.

Australia vs India 2007 – Anil Kumble’s 600th Test Wicket

By , February 26, 2014 1:43 am

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By , November 12, 2013 8:01 am

Rahul Dravid has defended Indian bowlers and has said that they shouldn’t be criticized that much for their ODI performances off late as it’s not easy for them to bowl economic spells with the new rules.

According to the new rules, now you can’t keep more than 4 fielders outside the 30-yard circle at any stage of the innings. Also, two different balls are used from the two ends of the ground now. So, the ball remains hard throughout the 50 overs and comes on to the bat nicely for the power hitters towards the end of the innings. So, because of these factors, some huge scores are being posted by the teams these days and they are being chased down as well.

In the recently played ODI series between India and Australia, the 300 plus scores got chased down three times; twice by the Indian team and once by the Aussies.

Talking to the reporters while taking part in an event in Maharashtra yesterday, Dravid said, “I don’t know what a respectable total is. A few years back, 250 used to be a respectable total, but, it’s not respectable anymore with the new rules. Now, it’s 300 which is a respectable figure.”

“It’s not easy for the bowlers at all these days. So, I don’t think we should criticize them that much. And as far as the Indian bowlers are concerned, they are all young and they will only get better from here.”

When asked about India’s current ODI batting line up, Dravid said, “It’s very strong at the moment. Everyone in that batting line up has the ability to win matches on his own. Everyone is a match winner and that’s what makes that batting line up so exciting.”

India News: Anil Kumble will raise his voice for test cricket

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By , September 23, 2013 8:25 pm

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