On Sunday, during the match between India and Australia at the Oval, Steve Smith was greeted by a rude Indian crowd in the stands with boos and called him a ‘cheater’. Despite the fact that he has now a regular victim of boos from the crowd in recent times, that coming from the Indian fans was a bitter pill to swallow for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
During the incident, Kohli was batting in the middle and the cheers were loud enough to reach Virat. Immediately, he came up with a wonderful gesture, an angry Kohli signaled at the fans not to boo at his Australian crowd. Furthermore, he even asked them to clap for Smith instead.
With India fans giving Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, Virat Kohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead.Sharing a video of the same on Instagram, ICC captioned, “Absolute class #SpiritOfCricket#Cricket #LoveCricket #ViratKohli#Virat #SteveSmith #India #Australia#London #TheOval #INDvAUS”.
Even, during the post-match press conference, one of the reporters asked Virat about this gesture. Replying to the same, he said, “He has apologized, and come back. He has been down. It is not okay to boo & didn’t want Indian crowd to set a bad example. He doesn’t deserve to be booed. So I apologized to him on behalf of the crowd.”
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During the game, another incident took place when Jasprit Bumrah gave David Warner tough time, but he got a lucky break. Bumrah churned out a short delivery and Warner hopped to tackle it. However, he got an inside edge and the ball rolled on to the leg stump, but the bails didn’t move off its groove. Warner then went on to score 56 runs off 84 balls with five boundaries.
After the incident, Aaron Finch, the Aussie skipper, fumed and called it ‘unfair’. Indian captain Virat Kohli also expressed displeasure over the matter and was clear cut in saying that such things shouldn’t take place at the highest level.
Talking about the incident, Kohli said, “I mean, this is not something which you expect at the international level. I think with the technology it’s great. The lights come on and you know it’s very precise when you actually make something happen with the stumps. But you literally have to smash the stumps really hard, and I’m saying that as a batsman. The ball hits the stump and the lights don’t come on, or the lights come on and the bail comes back on to the stump. I haven’t seen that happen so many times in the past.”