Australian Media Calls Virat Kohli 'Egomaniac' For His 'Classless Act'

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In the fourth and final test match in Dharamsala, India defeated Australia by eight wickets to clinch the Test series 2-1 and regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Kohli, in the post-match press conference in Dharamsala said he no longer considers Australian cricketers his friends after being targeted both on and off the field by them in a fiercely-fought Test series that India won. The home captain said he wouldn't think of the Australian players as friends "ever again", a comment which drew a strong reaction from Aussie media. "Beergate: Kohli's latest classless act", another headline read.

Australia captain Steve Smith has successfully defended his number-one position and is now 61 points ahead of his New Zealand opposite number, Kane Williamson, who has moved up two places to second following his 176 in the Hamilton Test.

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"If you don't have a team performance you can not be the No. 1 team in the world", captain Virat Kohli said.

A judiciously cropped photograph caused outrage in the India media which accused the Australia captain of celebrating Kohli's dismissal by grabbing his shoulder to mock his injury in Ranchi, only for the uncropped version to clearly show the hand on his shoulder was a teammate's.

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

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Kohli had criticised counterpart Smith, who acknowledged he had a "brain fade" in the second test in Bengaluru when he gestured to the dressing room seeking guidance on whether to review an umpiring decision. Smith also revealed that he invited the Indian players to share a beer with his team, but was rebuffed as the series ended in acrimony.

After two days of ebbing fortunes in the finale of an evenly-matched series tied at 1-1, India finally surged ahead in the morning session when they fashioned a valuable 32-run lead before they were dismissed for 332 on the stroke of lunch.

"For me, the series (India-Australia) is done and dusted and India have outplayed us".

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It still wasn't good enough to advance to the knockout rounds, but that just means he'll be better rested for this week's event . He'll still be credited with a top 10 for the week, improving his yearlong record to five top 15s in eight events .

Seldom has a tour been dragged deep into the gutter through tit-for-tat accusations of cheating and foul play only for it to rise magnificently in the wake of some quality cricket by the bitterest of antagonists. "Cricket at this level is highly competitive and it is incumbent on all involved, players and administrators, to honour the protocols and standards of behaviour that underpin the spirit of cricket".

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