Rohit Sharma has claimed that he is still good friends with the Australian players stating that things were blown out of proportion for unnecessary reasons. The Border-Gavaskar trophy was blemished by controversy with Virat Kohli claiming that he was not interested in being friends with the Aussies.
The four-match India-Australia series ended with India edging out Australia in the last Test in Dharamsala to regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy by a score of 2-1. The series although competitive saw its own share of controversies ranging from DRS-gate to the now famous "friends no more" quote by Virat Kohli.
Sharma, who missed the series due to a thigh injury, said that a number of the incidents were blown out of proportion and that his personal friendship with the Aussies wouldn't be affected by the same.
“We are pretty good friends. We all get along well. India and Australia have always been a good rivalry. We have seen that over the years. So, I was not surprised what happened in the series. When you play against a top side in the world, these things are bound to happen," Sharma said, reported CricTracker.
"But as far as one remembers not to cross the line and stay in the limits, that’s good. It is always a hard-fought battle between these two teams. Once you are in the battlefield, you are trying to give everything for your country. Some of the things were blown out of proportion for unnecessary reasons. Players know exactly what needs to be done on the field and what needs to be done outside the field.”
Before the series, Nathan Lyon had claimed that Kohli was the only player who could threaten the Aussies and called him the ‘head of the snake’. After Kohli stopped just short of calling Steve Smith a cheat after the DRS-gate, all hell broke loose with sledging and mocking becoming a regular in every game. Sharma, however, refused to take the shine away from "the best series" in India's home season.
“Against Australia was the best series. The way it went through from the first Test match, (India) losing it and then to bounce back was fantastic. This series was not just about individuals but there were a lot of the other guys who came in at different times, performed and took up the challenge which is why I think it is the best series," Sharma added.
"Wickets were not so easy; it was a little challenging for the batters. Hats off to everybody who came in and