Cricket is called a ‘gentlemen’s game’. While time and again, we wonder why so, there are moments that prove maybe there is a reason to it.
The viewers witnessed one such moment during India’s match against Australia today. Fielding at the deep near the boundary line, Steve Smith was booed by Indian fans who called him a ‘cheater’.
Noticing this happen, Kohli requested them to not do that and cheer instead. Whether for him or Smith, we are not sure.
June 9, 2019
But Kohli definitely asked them to stop and earned praise for this gesture.
Nice touch as @imVkohli asks the Indian fan contingent at the Vauxhall end to stop shouting “cheater” at @stevesmith49 and instead cheer for the Indian captain #cwc19 #IndvAus @cricbuzz— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) June 9, 2019
Wow. How good is this from Virat Kohli? Steve Smith is sent to field on the boundary, and immediately cops the most hideous boos from the Indian fans. So Kohli turns to that stand and gestures for them to clap Smith. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/GBTPaolOXh— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) June 9, 2019
Great personality… Proud Indian— Papu Nahak (@ImPapu_) June 9, 2019
Incredible behaviour oh Kohli ❤️— Priyanshu Kumar 🇮🇳 (@Priyans70128671) June 9, 2019
[#SpiritOfCricket] Virat Kohli turned to the stand where Steve Smith was fielding in the deep & gestured the fans to cheer for him when he saw them booing Steve in a hideous manner. @BCCI @ICC @cricketworldcup #ViratKohli #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/NbpXNoQXTn— Saksham Alag (@saksham_alag) June 9, 2019
This isn’t the first time Smith has been trolled in the World Cup as a few days ago, people were spotted in the crowd dressed as sandpaper to taunt him and David Warner.