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‘Was Very Nice Moment From Virat Kohli in 2019 World Cup’: Steve Smith Recalls Former IND Captain’s Kind Gesture

The Australian star batter, Steve Smith shared some comments on Virat Kohli’s sporting gesture when the Aussie was booed by the crowd during their match in the 2019 World Cup.

Virat Kohli’s sportsmanship was on display during the incident at the 2019 World Cup where he stepped in support of Steve Smith as the latter was booed by the crowds for the incidents in the infamous 2018, Australian ball-tampering scandal.

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During the game between India vs Australia at the Oval in London, a certain section of the Indian supporters began to boo Smith who was fielding near the boundary ropes. Smith just made his return to the Australian side after serving a one-year suspension for his involvement in the scandal which tarnished his reputation as well.

Kohli was batting at the time and took notice of the crowd’s reaction and took the initiative to make an intervention. He indicated to the particular section of the crowds to not boo him and instead applaud Smith. Kohli shared that the gesture was instinctive and believed that it was unfair to target an individual personally for the mistakes they made in the past.

Smith was quoted by OneCricket where he spoke to Star Sports, Smith said it was a nice gesture from the Indian star and he appreciates it. He said,”It was a very nice moment from Kohli in the 2019 World Cup, the crowd was booing me and he told the crowd to just support him, What is wrong with him? That was great from Virat, really appreciate it.”

Smith also appreciated and praised his Indian counterpart and said that Kohli has always stepped up and delivered in the big games for the Indian side.

He said, “Virat Kohli is an incredible player. He always stepped up and delivered in big games. He has done it again and again for India in big games – there are not many bigger players than Kohli.”

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Both Kohli and Smith shared a conversation regarding the incident which was uploaded on the Cricket Australia YouTube channel in a prelude to India’s tour to Australia in 2020 where India managed to win the Test and ODI series but managed to lose the T20I series.

India will be taking on Australia in their final phase of preparation before the highly anticipated World Cup begins in October 2020. The World Cup will be a special one for India due to the tournament being hosted at home. The pressure will be on for the Indian side with them looking to replicate the heroics of 2011, their second ODI World Cup win.

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