India captain Virat Kohli has come into the limelight not only because of his games but also for his behaviour. During the game between India and Australia, some Indian fans were trying to boo former Australia captain Steve Smith who was fielding at the boundary line. However, Virat Kohli understood the situation and asked the fans to cheer for Smith and after the end of the over, both Smith and Kohli shook their hands. Later Kohli apologised to Smith on their behalf and said at a press conference that he didn’t want the Indian fans to set up any bad example. Smith praised Kohli’s behaviour as well.
Smith came to International Cricket along with David Warner after a year-long ban due to the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March last year. However, both the players have been experiencing booing since they appeared in England. Smith earlier was also booed when he scored a century in the warm-up game against England ahead of the World Cup.
“Yeah, it was a lovely gesture. It doesn’t really bother me what the crowd do to be perfectly honest, I’m just sort of blocking it all out but it was a lovely gesture from Virat, that’s for sure,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Smith as saying.
Australia have been doing well in the ongoing ICC World Cup where they won four out of five games. Where David Warner and Aaron Finch are dealing with centuries, Smith already scored three fifties. His stable 73 against the West Indies was one of the key performances so far for Australia which actually helped in turning the tables around after they lost 5 wickets for 70-odd runs.
Australia will lock horns with Bangladesh on June 20 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.