Kohli calming fans who booed Smith was class act: Steve Waugh

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2019

"The good thing is we're playing all strong sides up front, so as I mentioned in Mumbai before we left, if we do well in the first phase, we'll be in a better position to reach the semi-finals", Kohli said.

While Indian captain Virat Kohli's apologetic gesture towards Australian batsman Steve Smith was widely welcomed, there were some like England's former opener Nick Compton who criticized him. The batting superstar said he didn't want the Indian fans to set a bad example by booing Smith.

In fact the entire Cricketing fraternity ranging from fans to Cricket experts were in "all-praise mode" for Virat Kohli- the leader who has matured and evolved over the years.

The incident took place when the Indian crowd at The Oval were booing the Australian cricketer, Steve Smith whilst he was fielding near the boundary post his ball tampering scandal that took place past year.

Following the 36-run win over Australia, Kohli had opened up about the incident and why he asked the fans to stop booing Smith. He didn't do anything to be booed, in my opinion. However, Nick Compton was not at all impressed with Kohli's decision to stop the fans from what they were doing.

"So I just felt for him, and I told him, I'm sorry on behalf of the crowd because I've seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion that's not acceptable". We've had a few arguments on the field.

Both Steve Smith and David Warner served ban from cricket for being involved in the sandpaper-gate scandal were booed in Bristol too during the match against Afghanistan.

"I think what's happened has happened long back". In a bid to wish him good luck, Vishal Bharti Public School, the place where Kohli grew up studying and learning cricket, sent him soil from the school premises.

"When you know that you can clear the boundary and you necessarily don't need to make anything happen, the bowler is under pressure because he needs to get it right. He's back, he's worked hard and he's playing well for his side", Kohli added.

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