After Tense Series, Steve Smith Offers Beer to Ajinkya Rahane, Indian Team

Updated: 28 March 2017 23:17 IST

Smith, who apologised for letting emotions get the better of him throughout the series, also had a brief chat with India's stand-in captain Rahane after the game.

After Tense Series, Steve Smith Offers Beer to Ajinkya Rahane, Indian Team
Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane are part of the same IPL franchise. © BCCI

Australian captain Steve Smith on Tuesday reached out to IPL teammate Ajinkya Rahane and the Indian team, offering a round of beer after the end of the bitterly-fought Test series which the hosts won 2-1.

Smith, who apologised for letting emotions get the better of him throughout the series, also had a brief chat with India's stand-in captain Rahane after the game.

"I said (to Rahane) see you next week, he's in my team for the IPL," Smith told ABC Grandstand.

"I asked if he wanted us to come in for a drink being at the end of the series. He said he'd get back to me. With Ajinkya, we get on well. He's in my IPL team so I'll be with him for the next few weeks," he said of Rising Pune Supergiants teammate.

It's part of Australian culture to have beer with rival players once the contest is over.

While Smith was apologetic, rival captain Virat Kohli gave a fair indication that the hostility between the two teams would not end anytime soon by saying that he doesn't consider Aussies his off the field friends anymore.

"No, it (the friendship equation with the Aussies) has changed for sure. I thought that was the case but it has changed for sure. As I said in the heat of the battle, you want to be competitive but yeah I have been proven wrong.

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

Topics : India Australia Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane Steven Peter Devereux Smith Cricket Australia Tour of India, 2017
Highlights
  • India won the four-match series 2-1
  • Rahane captained India in the fourth Test
  • Smith was in top form right through the series
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