Kohli extends sympathy to Smith as Indian crowd exert "unacceptable" behavior

Virat Kohli gesture

Virat Kohli gesture

Virat Kohli expressed his sympathy for Steven Smith and apologised on behalf of the crowd after the former Australia captain was heckled by the India dominated crowd at the Oval. "I don't think Virat Kohli had any right to tell fans to stop booing at Warner and Smith but rather clap them. found it rather condescending if truth be told", he said on radio.

Compton took to Twitter and said that Kohli did not have any right to tell the fans what to do.

They ticked nearly every box in Sunday's (9) mouth-watering clash at the Oval where Kohli and his top order colleagues fired in unison, their bowlers troubled Australian batsmen, and they looked pretty sharp on the field too.

The incident took place when the Indian crowd at The Oval were booing the Australian cricketer, Steve Smith whilst he was fielding near the boundary post his ball tampering scandal that took place previous year. Data from Twitter showed on Monday that skipper Kohli was the most talked about player followed by MS Dhoni, Dhawan, Steve Smith, and Rohit Sharma. He asked the Indian fans to stop booing and cheer him instead. "I think after about six games we'll be in a better position to know where we stand in the tournament", Kohli said after the Australia match. "Just because there are so many Indian fans here, I just didn't want them to set a bad example, to be honest because he didn't do anything to be booed in my opinion". Then again when Smith went to bat, a group of the fans booed and started the same chants.

"What's happened has happened like long back, the guy is back, he's trying to play well for his side". He didn't do anything to be booed, in my opinion.

"So I just felt for him and told him "sorry for... on behalf of the crowd". "Even in the IPL I saw him, it's not good to see someone down like that, to be honest". "He's just playing cricket". We've had a few arguments on the field.

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