India triumphed over Australia in their second match of the World Cup campaign and that was a relief for the Indian fans since India recently lost a five match ODI series to Australia in home conditions. The match saw various moments one of them was hostile reception Steve Smith got from the Indian fans and how the skipper of the Indian squad, Virat Kohli gestured them to take pride in the player.
It doesn’t really bother me what the crowds do to be perfectly honest
Steve Smith has been back into the game after the infamous ball tampering scandal that took a year of suspension. He came back strong with impressive performances; however, the past is not left behind of him. During the clash between India and Australia, the latter lost the match by 36 runs when the Indian fans started booing Smith chanting ‘cheater, cheater’ instead. Kohli who was batting at that time urged the fans to calm down and instead cheer his batting. Talking about the same, Smith said that it was lovely gesture by Virat Kohli. “It doesn’t really bother me what the crowds do to be perfectly honest. I am just blocking it all out but it was a lovely gesture from him,” he said.
I just felt for him, and I told him, ‘I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd
Kohli who was talking about the same in the match said that he is very sorry for what happened. He said that he has seen that happening before as well and he felt bad for the player. “I just felt for him, and I told him, ‘I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd because I have seen that happen in a few earlier games as well’. In my opinion, that’s not acceptable. Just because there are so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest, because he didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion. He’s just playing cricket,” said Kohli.