India was blazing guns today at The Oval, London against Australia in the CWC 2019 tie. The Australian team was already down as they could not get wickets and just then Steve Smith faced the heat of the crowd while standing alongside the boundary. No sooner the Australian stood there for fielding, the crowd started chanting, “Cheater cheater.” This jibe was made in context to the sandpaper gate which happened last year. David Warner and Smith were banned for a year due to the act. However, the action by the crowd did not go down well with the Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli who was batting for India. India vs Australia Cricket Score 14th ODI Match.
Just when Kohli heard the chants, he turned to the crowds and gestured the people to not do so. Instead, he asked the crowd to clap for Smith. An Australian journalist spoke about this incident on social media. He posted a snap of a picture of Steve Smith alongside the boundary. “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.”
Check out the tweet below.
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 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) June 9, 2019
Here’s Virat Kohli asking the crowd to stop taking a jibe at Steve Smith.
[#SpiritOfCricket] @imVkohli turned to the stand where Steve Smith was fielding in the deep & gestured the fans to cheer for him when he saw them booing Steve in a hideous manner. (Credits: @SamLandsberger) @BCCI @ICC @cricketworldcup #ViratKohli #TeamIndia #CWC19 #VGVK18FC pic.twitter.com/8Mjad9W4Ys
— ViratGang™ (@ViratGang) June 9, 2019
The gesture was praised by fans on social media.
That is definitely Kohli. He's 1 of the greatest leaders cricket has had
— Paul Stevens (@StevoSorrento) June 9, 2019
~He's so kind
~Very good person
— King Virat kohli 18 (@nileshvirat18) June 9, 2019
Wow, huge if true. Kohli always had a bit of mongrel in him, apparently a bit of statesman too. “We’re not so different you and I.” 👏
— Elite Honesty (@poynts) June 9, 2019
Talking about the match, the Indians posted a total of 352 runs on the board. Rohit Sharma made 57, Shikhar Dhawan scored 117 runs. Virat Kohli made 82 and Hardik Pandya also joined the party with 48 runs on the board.