Indian captain Virat Kohli has said that he had apologised to Australian Cricketer Steve Smith after he was booed by the India’s supporters during India’s game against Australia at the Oval on Sunday. During the Indian innings, Australian skipper Aaron Finch sent Steve Smith to field near the boundary when some Indian fans started booing at him and insulted him with chants of cheater. It was then that Virat Kohli intervened and asked the crowd to stop booing and instead applaud Smith.
“I just felt for him, and I told him, I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd because I’ve seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion that’s not acceptable,” Kohli said. “I think what’s happened has happened like long back, the guy is back, he’s trying to play well for his side. Even in the IPL I saw him, it’s not good to see someone down like that, to be honest. We’ve had issues in the past. We’ve had a few arguments on the field. But you don’t want to see a guy feeling that heat every time he goes out to play,” he said.
“What’s happened has happened. Everyone has known that. He’s come back. He’s worked hard. He’s playing well for his side now,” Kohli said. “He didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion. He’s just playing cricket. He was just standing there, and I felt bad because if I were in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologised, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it either,” Kohli said.
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15 July, 2019