ICC World Cup 2019: I felt bad for Steve Smith, Virat Kohli reveals after his sweet gesture

Virat Kohli finally spills beans on why he asked the Indian fans to cheer for Australia’s Steve Smith instead of booing him.
ICC World Cup 2019: I felt bad for Steve Smith, Virat Kohli reveals after his sweet gestureICC World Cup 2019: I felt bad for Steve Smith, Virat Kohli reveals after his sweet gesture
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is known for his on-field aggression, won all the hearts when he stopped the Indian fans at the Oval from booing Australia’s Steve Smith. Steve Smith and David Warner were issued a one-year ban post the ball tampering incident and made their comeback with a bang in the on-going World Cup tournament. Post his gesture, the Indian captain received endless appreciation.

When asked in a post-match press conference, Virat revealed that he felt bad for Steve Smith. The Indian skipper feels that what happened has happened a long time back and he is trying to play well for his side. He mentioned that he saw the Australian player in IPL as well and it’s never good to see someone down like that.

Virat has been a part of various on-field rivalries with the Australian batsman. He said that he has had issues with him in the past and a few arguments on the field as well, but you don’t want a guy to feel that heat every time he goes out to play. He has worked hard and has come back to play for his side.

Kohli said that Smith didn’t do anything to be booed and is just playing cricket. He saw many Indian fans at the stadium and didn’t want them to set a bad example. He revealed that he felt bad for Smith and he wouldn’t like it either if he were in a position where he did something wrong and apologised but still got booed. He apologised to the Australian batsman on behalf of the crowd and also stated that in his opinion, this kind of behaviour is not accepted.

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