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Steve Smith offers beer to Ajinkya Rahane, Indian team

Australia cricket team captain Steve Smith, who apologised for letting emotions get the better of him throughout the series, had a brief chat with India cricket team’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane after the Dharamsala Test. Both Smith and Rahane play for Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League (IPL)

cricket Updated: Mar 29, 2017 08:28 IST
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Australia cricket team captain Steve Smith (left) walks towards India cricket team's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane after the match in Dharamsala on Tuesday
Australia cricket team captain Steve Smith (left) walks towards India cricket team's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane after the match in Dharamsala on Tuesday(AP)

Australian cricket team captain Steve Smith reached out to hisIndian Premier League (IPL) teammate Ajinkya Rahane and the Indian cricket team team, offering a round of beer after the end of the bitterly-fought Test series which the hosts won 2-1. (Dharamsala Test highlights)

Steve 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 Ajinkya Rahane after the game. (Scorecard)

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“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 his Rising Pune Supergiant teammate.

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

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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.

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“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.