The former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly, has asked Indian skipper Virat Kohli to bury the hatchet with Australian players, after the end of a tensed series between the two teams,
“I am sure he will loosen up with time. He should forget what happens with the Australian players on the ground (sledging). That is competitiveness. But what happens with media and ex-players getting into sledging the opposition captain wasn’t right. It is not their job. That’s the way Australia have always played their cricket from the Steve Waugh days,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today.
His comments came after Virat Kohli, in the post-match press conference said that he will never be friends again with the Australian players.
The series was supposed to a competitive one but no one would have expected players to stoop to such a low level as Steve Smith was caught on camera abusing an Indian player. He was also caught on live camera taking help of people sitting in the dressing room whether to take DRS or not after an LBW appeal was made against him. It was that day when really the series became a venomous one when Kohli raised the matter in the post-match press conference as well.
Sourav Ganguly further added that there was only competition in the series and both skippers would be happy with the show put up by both the teams,
“I consider there was competition. Both Virat and Smith should be happy they could put up a show. Both boards and players should get over it.”
At the end, it was the home team that won the series by 2-1 as they registered a win in the final Test match at Dharamsala. They also retained the number spot in the ICC Test rankings and won 1 Million Dollar as a cash prize.