ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli’s incredible gesture for Aussie batter Steve Smith during India vs Australia, ICC World Cup 2019 clash, is winning the internet.
India and Australia were locked in an intense battle in the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Kennington Oval in London. Apart from the cricketing action at Oval, there was an incident which is winning hearts. Australian batsman Steve Smith has been central to a hostile reception in England and Wales where the ICC World Cup 2019 is taking place. It was a routine reception for Smith at Kennington Oval in London as the Indian fans were booing the former Aussie skipper. However, what Kohli did was simply refreshing to see in such a crucial match for both the sides.
The incident happened during the 1st innings of the match when India were batting and the Indian skipper was at the crease. The jeers for Smith became louder during a specific period but Kohli took the charge and asked the fans to applaud the Aussie batter rather than boo someone of Smith’s calibre.
Smith appreciated Kohli’s gesture in a flash and came jogging towards the Indian skipper to shake hands with him to applaud the incredible gesture.
“We’ve [me and Smith] had issues in the past, we’ve had arguments. But you don’t want a guy feeling that heat every time he goes out to play. He’s come back. He’s worked hard. Because there were so many Indian fans out there, I didn’t want them to set a bad example. In my opinion, he didn’t do anything to be booed,” Kohli said about the incident in the post-match press conference.
“He was standing there and I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me where I apologized and came back and still get booed, I wouldn’t like it either. I felt for him and apologized to him on behalf of the crowd. In my opinion, that’s not acceptable,” Kohli added.
Taking about the cricket action in the match, riding on a superb batting performance, India went on to post a massive score of 352/5 in 50 overs. Shikhar Dhawan scored a splendid ton whereas Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli scored half-centuries. Blistering cameos by Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni and KL Rahul took the Men in Blue to a huge score.
Chasing 353, Australia were off to a slow start but gathered pace after settling down. However, some clever bowling by the Indian bowlers made things really tough for the Aussies and despite Warner, Smith and Alex Carey scoring half-centuries, the pressure mounted on the lower-middle order batters as they faltered to lose the match by 36 runs. Australia were bundled out for 316.
India will next face New Zealand on June 13 as Virat Kohli and Co. eye India’s third World Cup title since winning it in 1983 and 2011.