Nick Compton blasts Virat Kohli for stoping fans from booing Steve Smith

Paola Ditto
Giugno 13, 2019

Smith was quick to acknowledge the gesture as he shook hands with the India star and patted on his back.

It all happened when Indian fans were booing Australian player Steve Smith who a year ago found guilty in with ball tampering charges.

Virat Kohli received lot of love and respect for his gentleman-like gesture in the game against Australia, where this Indian skipper asked the crowd to cheer for Steve Smith instead of booing him. Kohli also has some memorable partnerships with both of his senior teammates at the World Cups.

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

"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!" But while Kohli has had various run-ins with Smith - most memorably when he suggested Smith had deliberately sought guidance from the dressing room while deciding whether to review a decision during Australia's Test tour of India in 2017 - he said he felt for Smith in his current circumstance. 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. Kohli was at the crease and realised that the crowd was not about to stop.

He (Smith) is coming back; he's playing hard and just getting on with it. When Virat Kohli was about his gesture in his post-match press conference, he said, "If I was in a the position where something had happened with me, and I'd apologised and accepted it, and came back and still, I would get booed, I wouldn't like it either". We've had a few arguments on the field.

"So I just felt for him and told him "sorry for... on behalf of the crowd". In my opinion that's not acceptable", he added.

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