Aus vs Ind: Virat Kohli on Indian fans booing Steve Smith

The current Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli opened up on ‘Spirit of Cricket’ in a one-on-one session with Australia’s former skipper Steve Smith. Ahead of the pink-ball Test in Adelaide which commences from Thursday, the two stalwarts engaged in a fascinating discussion on cricket, growing up, and many more. Hosted by Steve Smith, the session drew quite a lot of eyeballs via social media.

Post the ‘2018 Sandpaper Gate’ in South Africa which rocked the Australian cricket team and board, Smith featured in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2019. It was a comeback for Smith and David Warner after serving a 12 months ban. Squaring off against Virat Kohli’s India, Smith was booed by the Indian fans in England. Amazingly, it was Kohli who gestured towards the section of fans indicating them to appreciate Smith’s comeback into the international side.

Here’s the session between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith:

Smith: “What prompted you to approach the Indian crowd and ask them to stop booing me when we played our World Cup match?”

Kohli: “I feel like in life nothing can be that permanent that you carry it on for life. People make mistakes and they learn from it and I felt like it’s not fair to target an individual personally, that’s what I felt at that moment.”

“Instinctively, I told them not to boo you because you were fielding there (on the boundary) for quite a bit. As much as you play against each other there’s a human side to things as well and at the end of the day we’re here chatting now, we do have a chat a few times during the IPL as well.”

“Yes, you’re competitive on the field but you don’t want to go nasty as such. Long term you do realise the importance of things from a larger perspective and I felt that wasn’t right to do that at that moment.”