Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kohli stops Indian fans from booing Smith, shows class

Kohli stops Indian fans from booing Smith, shows class

Kohli also stopped the crowd from going rowdy when Smith came out to bat.

Kohli noted that he and Smith have had "issues" in the past and on-field arguments but that he still wanted the former Australian captain to be forgiven by the public over his involvement in the ball-tampering saga.

Just after Hardik Pandya got out and Mahendra Singh Dhoni was about to enter the ground, Smith moved towards third man area and immediately the booing started.

India convincingly ended Australia's 10-match winning streak and underlined its Cricket World Cup title ambitions in a 36-run victory at the Oval. The booing stopped immediately.

Smith was booed by the Indian fans several times during the match.

Smith recently return to worldwide cricket after completing a ban for ball-tampering during Australia's Test tour of South Africa previous year.

'Look, I think what's happened has happened, like long back, the guy is back, he's trying to play well for his side.

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After their practice session was cancelled due to rain, the Indian cricket team were hosted by India's High Commissioner to United Kingdom in London on Friday.

"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", he added.

However, Kohli said he felt for Smith in his current circumstance.

"The bails seem to be a lot heavier, so it does take a bit of force", he said on Saturday, pointing to similar cases during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition.

"If you can win games without playing your best, obviously you want to build to your best, that's what a time like this is about and India next up will be a big stumbling block".

Even though we are still in the early stages of the tournament, this match is critical for it would go a long way in ensuring the victor a place in the semi-final. He's come back. He's worked hard. Instead, he pointed to Smith and asked people to cheer for him.

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