Virat Kohli apologises to Steve Smith after India fans chant ‘cheater’

Virat Kohli apologises to Steve Smith after India fans chant ‘cheater’ at Australia batsman: ‘In my opinion that’s not acceptable’

  • Virat Kohli intervened when Steve Smith was getting abused on the boundary 
  • India fans chanted ‘cheater’ at Australian captain, referring to sandpaper-gate 
  • But Kohli wanted supporters to applaud Smith and stuck up for opposition star
  • ‘You don’t want to see a guy feeling that heat every time’, India batsman said

Virat Kohli had to apologise to Australia’s Steve Smith after he was heckled by Indian fans at The Oval for his part in last year’s ball-tampering scandal.

In a game India won by 36 runs, Kohli gestured to a packed house to show Smith respect after they booed him and chanted: ‘Cheater, cheater!’

‘What’s happened was long back,’ said Kohli. ‘He is trying to play well for his side.’

Virat Kohli wanted the India fans not to boo opposition star Steve Smith at the Oval

The Australia batsman was given plenty of stick from the Indian supporters on Sunday

‘We’ve had issues on the field, but you don’t want to see a guy feeling that heat every time he goes out. 

‘I didn’t want the Indian fans to set a bad example. I felt for him and I told him I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd. In my opinion that’s not acceptable.’

Meanwhile, both Kohli and his Australian counterpart Aaron Finch criticised the use of the special zing technology after Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah hit David Warner’s stumps without dislodging the bail.

‘This is not something you expect at international level,’ said Kohli. 

‘You have to smash the stumps really hard – and I’m saying that as a batsman.’

Finch said: ‘You’d hate to see something like that happen in a World Cup final or semi-final.’




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