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The game between India and Australia will be remembered for quite a few moments. One such aspect of the game is the Indian skipper Virat Kohli asking the fans of the Indian National Cricket Team to stop Booing the ex-Australian skipper Steve Smith. Meanwhile, Steve Waugh calls it a ”Class Act”
Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed his sympathy for Steve Smith and apologised on behalf of the crowd after the former Australia captain was heckled and booed by the Oval crowd which was dominated by the Indian contingent.
The Indian captain walked towards the crowd and asked them to stop booing the former Australian skipper and also gestured towards them to applaud good cricket instead. He later walked towards Smith and shook hands.
Leadership reveals in many forms – Steve Waugh
Speaking of the same, the former Australian skipper Steve Waugh lauded the act of Virat Kohli. He feels that leadership ability will be revealed out in many forms. Steve Waugh believes that one such is the gesture given by Virat Kohli to Steve Smith, who is facing a tough time in the middle.
“Leadership reveals itself in many forms but I thought Virat Kohli’s gesture in calming down the rough reception given to Steve Smith from the Indian spectators was a class act that calmed a volatile situation,” Waugh, who led Australia to World Cup title in 1999, wrote for the ICC.
I just felt for Steve Smith – Virat Kohli
Revealing the reason, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli quoted that he felt for Steve Smith, who took the punishment and returned to the game. Further, he doesn’t want the Indian fans to put such a bad example on the field.
With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead.
— ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019
“I just felt for him, and I told him, ‘I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd because I have seen that happen in a few earlier games as well’. In my opinion, that’s not acceptable,” the Indian captain had said in the post-match press conference.
However, it was a fine gesture from the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Coming to India’s campaign, they sealed two back-to-back victories in the ICC World Cup 2019 and will march on to take Kane Williamson-led New Zealand in their next assignment.