On Sunday, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith have revived their battle rivalry during India Vs Australia World Cup clashes in London at Kennington Oval. Besides his 77-ball 88 runs knock, Virat made a huge statement by showing sportsmanship to defend Steve Smith while he was being “booed” by cricket fans of India during the match. He further took a stand for Smith during a post-match press conference, claims former Australian skipper Steve Smith had done nothing to be “booed”. He personally apologized on behind of mistreating Indian fans to Steve Smith.
After India won the match against Australia by 36-runs, Virat Kohli said that he didn’t want his fans to set bad examples in front of the world.
Kohli said, “What’s happened has happened, he’s come back, he’s worked hard, he’s playing well for his side now.”
“Just because there are so many Indian fans here, I didn’t want them to set a bad example. He didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion,” adding that “I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I’d apologize and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it either,” explained Kohli.
David Warner and Steve Smith have both been in the runs since their return and they each hit a fifty, albeit not as quickly as they would have lived, as Australia was rejected for 316 to lose their first game in the match follows two wins.
India’s success was built on Rohit Sharma’s 127-run and Shikhar Dhawan’s 117.
It was Rohit and Dhawan 16th century partnership in one-day internationals as they saw new-ball threat of Australian bowler Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.