India vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli asks Indian crowd to cheer for Steve Smith; says he didn't want fans to set bad example

Virat Kohli asked the Indian fans, who were booing Steve Smith during the match at The Oval, to stop doing so and urged the fans to applaud the former Australian captain.

FirstCricket Staff, Jun 10, 2019 00:58:26 IST

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith may not be the best of the friends in international cricket but Indian captain's gesture at The Oval must have earned the former Australia captain's admiration on Sunday during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter between the two strong rivals.

During India's batting against Australia, Smith was fielding in the deep and was getting a lot of stick from the Indian fans. With Smith constantly being jeered by the fans, Kohli decided to intervene as he signalled towards Indian fans to stop booing and urged them to applaud the former Australian captain.

A thankful Smith was later seen shaking hands with Kohli for his gesture.

In the press conference after the match, Kohli explained the rationale behind his decision.

"Just because there are so many Indian fans here, I don't want them to set a bad example. He (Smith) didn't do anything to be booed in my opinion. I felt for him and told him sorry on behalf of the crowd. In my opinion, that's not acceptable," said Kohli.

Smith and David Warner are back to playing international cricket after serving one-year ban for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. However, both cricketers have been constantly facing backlash from the fans in the ongoing World Cup which is being hosted in England and Wales.

Meanwhile, India continued their winning run in the ICC event with a 36-run win over the defending champions.

The foundation for the win was laid but Shikhar Dhawan who scored 117 off 109 as India put a mammoth 352/5 in 30 overs.

In reply, Australia were bowled out for 316 as Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets each.

Updated Date: Jun 10, 2019 00:59:09 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254