Kohli apologizes to Smith on behalf of Indian fans
Indian skipper Virat Kohli sought apology to Australian batsman Steven Smith on behalf of the Indian crowds as the former Aussie skipper was booed by the Indian fans during the high voltage world cup match between India and Australia on Sunday at the Oval in London.
Speaking about the incident in the post-match press conference Kohli said, “There are so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest. He didn’t do anything to be booed, in my opinion. He’s just playing cricket. I mean he’s just standing there and I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I’d apologized and accepted it and I came back and still I get booed, I wouldn’t like it either.”
Smith was booed by the Indian fans several times during the match. At first, they were chanting ‘cheater, cheater,’ to Steve Smith when he was fielding at the third man near the Vauxhall end. Then again when Smith went to bat, a group of the fans booed and started the same chants. In both occasions, Kohli tried to stop the crowd from doing such a thing.
He added, “So I just felt for him and told him ‘sorry for… on behalf of the crowd’. We’ve seen that happen in a few earlier games as well. In my opinion that’s not acceptable.”
Both Steve Smith and David Warner served ban from cricket for being involved in the sandpaper-gate scandal were booed in Bristol too during the match against Afghanistan.
“Look, what’s happened has happened like long back. The guy’s back and he’s trying to play well for his side. Even in the IPL, I saw him, it’s not good to see someone down like that, to be honest. We’ve had issues in the past, we’ve had a few arguments on the field, but you don’t want to see a guy feeling that heat every time he’s going out to play. What’s happened has happened and everyone knows that. He’s back, he’s worked hard and he’s playing well for his side,” Kohli added.