Virat Kohli Wins Hearts after Defending Steve Smith from Indian Fans’ Cheater Chants

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.

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.

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