World Cup 2019: Apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of crowd, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli said he apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of a section of the crowd at The Oval which booed him during India’s 36-run victory over defending champions Australia in their second match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on Sunday.During the Indian innings, Australian skipper Aaron Finch sent Steve Smith to field near the boundary when some Indian fans started booing at him and insulted him with chants of cheater. It was then that Virat Kohli intervened and asked the crowd to stop booing and instead applaud Smith.Steve Smith and David Warner, who were banned for a year for the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test in South Africa, have been at the receiving end of some poor crowd behaviour in England.During a warm-up match before the World Cup started, Smith was booed even as he scored a hundred. He was also booed in Australia’s games against Afghanistan and West Indies. On Sunday, Smith was also booed when he walked out to bat after the fall of Aaron Finch.Virat Kohli and Steve Smith were not the best of friends during a four-Test series in India in 2017 after Smith had sought dressing room help for the DRS. However, on Sunday Kohli stood up for the man who is regarded as the best batsman in the world alongside him.After India wrapped up their 4th win over Australia in World Cup history, Kohli said Smith did not deserve to be booed.Captain @imVkohli on THAT gesture that won hearts #TeamIndia #INDvAUS #SpiritOfCricket pic.twitter.com/irUtTtv6ARadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) June 9, 2019″Just because there’s so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest, because he didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion.”He’s just playing cricket. He was just standing there, and I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologised, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it, either.”So I just felt for him, and I told him, I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd because I’ve seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion that’s not acceptable,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match press conference.Also Read | World Cup 2019: We had a point to prove, says Virat Kohli after India beat AustraliaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and bowlers shine as India wallop Australialast_img read more