The India-Australia Test series is over but the heat between the two sides, is certainly not over. Kohli had made a statement on how he was not going to be friends with the Australian players ever again after seeing what all happened in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann has now lambasted the Indian captain for making such a statement. He said, “Disappointing but that’s his opinion isn’t it?”
Lehmann was asked whether he felt the same for the whole Indian team. He said, “No, I don’t think the Indian team (feels that), I too was very impressed with (Ajinkya) Rahane’s captaincy. I thought he was brilliant.”
“Smith has been brilliant, he has been unbelievable. He has been Bradman-like with the bat. I am really pleased with him and how he has brought the team as a leader,” he added.
He was nonetheless proud of the effort put in by the visitors. “We were disappointing in a couple of Test matches. We got so close but yet so far I suppose. We were a 100 runs short in this game. But I am proud of the lads and the effort they put in,” he said.
“The way they have gone about it, it has been impressive.” There are a lot of learnings for this group on this tour. They are hurting with the result at the moment but I am pleased with the effort and attitude. Smith will just get better and better.
“They have copped a lot from the Indian media. I am pleased with how they have handled it. We weren’t good enough in this series but we have got to keep learning,” he added.