Mark Waugh impressed by Australia's show despite series loss


In contrast, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was criticised for saying that he no longer considers the Australian cricketers as his friends. But the 28-year-old was also caught honing a new skill, and as seen in this photo, he indeed looked serious.

Instead it took the hosts until the fourth day of the final Test to win back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and they had to come back from a 1-0 score line after being humbled by Smith's men in Pune.

If Kohli were to miss the first few matches of the competition, it would be a huge blow to the Royal Challengers as he just missed out on becoming the first player to score 1,000 runs in an IPL season past year. Glenn Maxwell struck a century in his comeback match, and Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb did well to save the Test in Ranchi.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: "On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate India for achieving and maintaining number-one status amid some stiff competition, particularly from Australia and Pakistan who both held the top spot over the past year, and South Africa who have had some great Test series wins of late".

The problem with Australia and their "what's said on the field, should remain on the field" mantra is that, they, more often than not, take it as a reason to say whatever they want.

Speaking about the performance of Indian team in the concluding season, Kohli said: "It is a very proud moment for us because we played good cricket throughout the season and dominated in the test matches".

Kohli claimed prior to the first Test he was "really good friends with all these guys off the field". He said he'd get back to me.

Kohli said: "No, it has changed for sure. I think bowling out the opponents on the same day for 300 was really demoralising for them".

"The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been proven wrong and you won't hear me say that ever again", he added.

Things blew up in the second Test, when the captain accused his Australian counterpart Steve Smith of sharp practice after he was spotted asking for help from the dressing room before challenging an umpire's decision.

Rahane is said to have passed on the message to Kohli, who then completely rejected the idea.

Smith struck a conciliatory tone at the end of the series, revealing that he reached out to India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane with the offer of a beer - an invitation that was declined. I thought England was intense, but the way Australia gave us a fight it was fantastic on their part.

Virat captioned the image as, "I am proud to be a part of this group". Twice Australia returned from lunch for a session that began with a fresh new second innings and ended in a soiled tea-time mess: 101-6 in Bengaluru chasing 188 and 92-5 in Dharamsala trying to set a lead.

Rahul immediately punched the air and took a leap of joy while Rahane grabbed a stump, a memento of sorts to mark a victory in just his first game in-charge of the side.