Virat Kohli Asking Fans To Clap For Steve Smith Instead Of Booing Him Is Exactly Why He’s A Legend!

Team India’s thrilling win over the Aussies on Sunday gave us a plethora of points to talk about. While Shikhar Dhawan’s dazzling century, Adam Zampa’s hand warmers and Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting back to form were some of them, Virat Kohli’s heartfelt gesture towards Steven Smith is the one that stood out.

Steven Smith along with his partner in crime David Warner has been greeted with mockery and boos ever since their return to international cricket after serving a year-long ban for the infamous ball-tampering incident that took place during a match against the Proteas. The case has been no different in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, where the Aussie duo was taunted by fans dressed as sandpaper bags in their very first match against Afghanistan.

While Warner faced the lion’s share of disrespect in that match, Steve Smith faced the wrath of unwelcoming crowds in their match against India. The fidgety player, who was fielding at the boundary was booed by a bunch of Indians fans at The Oval.

The incident caught the eye of Indian skipper Virat Kohli who was at the crease and in cruise control. In an act of pure class, Kohli walked down the ground towards the stand and asked the fans to clap for Smith instead of booing him.

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The wholehearted gesture was appreciated by Steve Smith himself as he instantly shook hands with Virat and gave him a pat on his back. It was a wonderful moment to witness between two players who are considered as the very bests in the world.

Here is a picture that’s worth everything.

Speaking about his actions in the post-match press conference, Kohli showed us why he is a brilliant ambassador of the sport. The Indian number 18 made it clear that Smith did nothing to deserve a hostile reception from the Indian fans and it was absolutely unacceptable.

“I think what’s happened has happened long back. The guy is back, trying to play well for his side. Even in the IPL I saw him, it’s not good to see a guy feel down. You don’t want to see someone feel the heat every time he plays. Just because there are so many Indian fans here, I don’t want them to set a bad example. He 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.”

While India won the match, Kohli won a million hearts yesterday.

Kohli also revealed that he apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of the crowd. If cricket is the ‘Gentleman’s Game’, players like Virat Kohli are the gentlemen in it.