Vastavam Web: Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Wednesday said he is disappointed with India captain Virat Kohli for declaring that he is no longer friends with Australian players after an aggressively-contested Test series.Australia lost 1-2 in the the four-match rubber, which was marred by constant showdowns between the players of both the sides.At the end of it, Kohli had no qualms saying that he has been proven wrong in considering Australian players his off-field friends.
On whether he thought that the rest of the Indian team had sentiments similar to Kohli, Lehmann replied in the negative.”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,” Lehmann said, trying to side-step the query by referring to Rahane’s stand-in captaincy during the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala.Lehmann was lavish in his praise for Australia captain Steve Smith, comparing his superb batting run in the series with no less than Don Bradman. Smith finished with 499 runs in four games.
“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 said.However, Lehmann was candid in admitting that the Australian team’s performance did not quite match up to India.”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.