'We're no longer friends', says Indian skipper
VIRAT Kohli says he no longer counts Australian cricketers as his friends in a fiery postscript to the Border-Gavaskar series.
Speaking to the media after India clinched a 2-1 series victory in Dharamsala, Kohli was asked whether he still considered Steve Smith's squad to be his friends off the field.
"No, it has changed for sure," Kohli said.
"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's comments contrasted sharply with the conciliatory note struck by Steve Smith in the immediate aftermath of a series that saw tempers fray on numerous occasions.
Smith is understood to have asked India's captain Ajinkya Rahane whether the Australians could enter the home dressing room in Dharamsala to share a post-series beer.
He also apologised for his own behaviour.
"I've been pretty intense through this series and wanted to do well for my team and lead from the front," Smith said.
"I've been in my own bubble and I've let my emotions bubble over sometimes ... so I apologise for that."
Kohli, however, adopted a more provocative stance
after the match.
"Regardless of whether we are on top or not, we speak, if something pokes us we speak and give it right back," he told Star Sports.
"All people don't digest it well but we take it very well and we give it back even better."
He continued: "Some people want to create some spice sitting at some part of the world. They don't confront such situations themselves.
"The easiest thing to do is to just sit at home and write a blog or speak on mic, but to go out there and bowl and bat is different."
Kohli, who withdrew from the series decider with a shoulder injury, described India's 2-1 series victory over the Australians as the best of his career.
"I like taking responsibility, every game that I play for India is an opportunity to do something special with my skills," he said.
"I like getting involved in the game. The workload is something that needs to be kept in mind in future but right now when the body is responding well I am fine.
"It's been unbelievable. This is our best series win so far. The way we bounced back from world No.7 to No.1 has been an outstanding achievement and I am proud as a captain.
"I thought England was intense, but the way Australia gave us a fight it was amazing on their part but our guys kept bouncing back. We showed true character and maturity. The guys handled themselves well."