Virat Kohli Tells Indian Fans To Stop Abusing Steve Smith In Amazing Gesture
Virat Kohli asked Indian fans to stop jeering Steve Smith in an amazing gesture at The Oval.
The Indian captain was unhappy with fan treatment of the Aussie batsman and showed his class to step in.
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
Absolute class :clap: #SpiritOfCricket #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/mmkLoedxjr
Former Australia captain Smith was fielding on the boundary in front of Indian fans when he received some verbals from the stands.
Smith's role in 'Sandpaper Gate' led to him being banned for a year and stripped of the Australian captaincy.
He has received boos in English grounds so far this summer and is sure to cop plenty more from the Barmy Army throughout the World Cup and Ashes.
But Kohli was keen for Indian supporters to show respect for Smith.
While batting in India's win on Sunday, he turned to the section of fans and gestured for them to clap Smith while he was being jeered.
His Aussie opposite number appreciated the gesture, and shook hands with Kohli a few minutes later.
India won by 36 runs to make it two wins from two to start their World Cup campaign.
Kohli scored 82 while Shikhar Dhawan hit 117 as India piled up 352-5 after winning the toss and batting first.
Australia were all out for 316 in response with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah taking three wickets apiece.
Wow. How good is this from Virat Kohli? 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 pic.twitter.com/GBTPaolOXh- Sam Landsberger :anger_right: (@SamLandsberger) June 9, 2019