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 Who would have thought? Virat Kohli defends Steve Smith

11.06.19. Maybe India’s great cricketer Virat Kohli is not the nasty little bastard he has set out to be? Cricket fans with nothing to do as they watch the slow pace that cricket can be have delighted in booing Steve Smith calling him a cheat and ball tamperer. Kohli is winning kudos from his support of Smith saying he has served his penalty and it is now time to get on with the game. Bravo Mr Kohli!
India cricket captain Virat Kohli is winning hearts for his gesture defending Australian player Steve Smith, after he was booed by Indian fans during Sunday’s match. Kohli, who was batting as Smith fielded in the deep, walked towards the Indian crowd and motioned for them to applaud instead of booing him. 

Source: BBC

India’s Virat Kohli praised for defending Steve Smith from crowds

Speaking after the match Kohli said he had also apologised to Smith.
“What has happened is in the past, I felt bad for him,” he said.
“We’ve had issues in the past, we have had arguments on the field. But you don’t want to see a guy feeling that heat every time he goes out to play,” the India captain added.
Smith is back in the Australian side after a year’s suspension for ball-tampering. It is that incident that has provoked crowds into heckling him.
A clip of the on field incident tweeted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been retweeted more than 21,000 times.
Steve Smith has not commented on the incident.
He has had a good World Cup. He scored 69 in Sunday’s match and 73 in his previous game against the West Indies.
The Sydney Morning Herald however, was appreciative. It said that “Kohli, often seen as the villain when playing Australia, demonstrated a show of friendship” in the game but added that it would remain to be seen if Kohli’s message filtered through to the rest of the cricketing world.

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  • Finn 11/06/2019, 6:47 am

    Kohli – man, who doesn’t have an opinion about this crazy good batsman and competitor.

  • Deano 11/06/2019, 10:24 am

    Kohli ‘gets’ public relations. Interesting to compare his clever move with so called professional PR/advertising campaign managers who often come up with disasters.

  • wal1957 11/06/2019, 10:47 am

    I am cheering for the crowd!
    These so-called ‘sportsmen’ represent our country and are paid a great deal of money to do so. Stuff ’em!
    They disgust me.

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