During Sunday’s match at the Oval, the action that Indian captain Virat Kohli took is bound to win the hearts of Australian people and admiration of the former Australian captain’s. Already Kohli’s fans are lauding him his gesture in protecting Australian player Steve Smith, after he was jeered by Indian fans.
During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India took on defending champions Australia. While Kohli’s batting against Australia, Smith was sent to the field in the deep. However, Smith received a lot of criticism from the Indian fans. After witnessing that Smith was being jeered from the Indian fans on a constant basis, he decided to intervene. Kohli signaled to the Indian fans to stop jeering Smith and rather asked the fans to cheer Steve Smith.
Australian skipper Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for a year over their roles in the ball-tampering offence last year. Both men were selected for the World Cup 2019.
Speaking after the match Kohli informed that he had also apologized to Smith. He stated that just because there are many Indian fans, he doesn’t want the fans to set a bad example. He mentioned that whatever happened is a past thing and he feels bad for him. The Indian captain further added that for Smith’s past wrong action, booing him every time, he plays is a wrong thing. He felt bad for Smith and for this reasons he apologized to Smith on behalf of the crowd.
Later, a thankful Smith was seen shaking hands with Kohli for his kind gesture.
A clip of the on-field incident tweeted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been retweeted over 21,000 times.
With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead.
— ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019
The incident has resulted in the creation of the hashtag #SpiritOfCricket to trend on Twitter in India with many lauding Kohli and hitting out hard at those who call him “arrogant”. And the praise was not limited to just Indian fans, even people of other countries and teams praised Kohli.
Asking indian fans to support aussies
Still some “LEGENDS” tells vk s arrogant and disrepect others congrats champ pic.twitter.com/IDh8L7zA0x
— Ravi (@Ravi51197841) June 10, 2019
Virat Kohli confirms this is what took place.
Kohli, who notes he’s had on-field arguments with Smith, says Indian fans booing him is “not acceptable”.
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) June 9, 2019
Wow. How good is this from #ViratKohli? Steve Smith is sent to field on the boundary, and immediately cops the most hideous boos from the Indian fans. So Kohli turns to that stand and gestures for them to clap Smith. #CWC19 #INDvAUS #SpiritOfCricket pic.twitter.com/eyMBCBVTij
— Imran Solanki (@imransolanki313) June 10, 2019