On Friday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) paid tribute to the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli on the occasion of World Kindness Day, which is being celebrated on November 13 every year. the international cricket body shared a clip from the group stage encounter between India and Australia in the 2019 ODI World Cup, which was held in England.
In the video clip, Virat Kohli can be seen urging the crowd at The Oval to applaud the veteran Australian cricketer Steve Smith instead of booing him, and the Australian’s return to the national squad following the ‘Sandpaper’ Scandal which landed Smith a one-year ban. The Australian had also expressed his appreciation towards Kohli who came forward and showed a clap gesture.
— ICC (@ICC) November 13, 2020
India suffered a defeat against New Zealand in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, with hosts England winning their maiden World Cup defeating the same team India lost to.
Kohli will be seen in action next during the away tour of Australia, which starts on November 27. The 32-year-old led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. RCB reach the playoffs for the time after the 2016 edition but they suffered a loss against the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator stage of the cash-rich league.
Smith represented Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 13th edition of the IPL, with the franchise failing to make it beyond the league stage. While RCB had managed to win 14 games in the tournament, RR only managed register 12 victories. Despite the fact, Bangalore reached the playoffs, they lost all the last five games they played in the tournament.
Virat Kohli is yet to win a big tournament either for the Indian team or the RCB and he will be eyeing change that next year either rin IPL 2021 or the World T20 2021 which will be taking place in India.