Indian National Cricket Team skipper Virat Kohli won the hearts of millions when he urged the Indians fans at Oval, not to boo Australia cricketer Steve Smith and instead cheer him up. While many heaped praise on Kohli’s gesture, former England, cricket Nick Compton felt the Indian skipper shouldn’t have stopped the fans from expressing their views.
Compton apologises for his earlier comments
Meanwhile, the incident took place on June 9 when India was playing against Australia at the Kennington Oval. A section of the Indian fans started booing Steve Smith while he was fielding at the boundary line. However, Virat Kohli had to intervene urging the fans to stop their foul behaviour during the game. The Indian fans didn’t boo him since then, and even Smith liked this act from Kohli as he went on to shake hands with him at the end of the over. India dominated the match and beat the Aussies by 36 runs to keep their winning run going.
But former English batsman Nick Compton didn’t take this well and bashed Virat Kohli for his ‘strange’ act. Compton said that Kohli had no right to direct the fans.
“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! @cricketworldcup #CricketWorldCup2019,” Compton wrote earlier.
Meanwhile, Nick Compton‘s words spread like wildfire on social media, and it didn’t go well with a large section of the people and expressed their anger on social media. The reactions from the fans forced Compton to take a u-turn and apologise for his earlier comments on Virat Kohli’s gesture towards Steve Smith.
“I’m sorry if people feel my comments regarding Virat Kohli were unfair… I’m sure it was harmless guys and his intentions were well meaning. Let’s enjoy the cricket and let the fans make their own minds up.. I appreciate your views let’s keep it friendly,” Compton tweeted.
I’m sorry if people feel my comments regarding Virat Kohli were unfair… I’m sure it was harmless guys and his intentions were well meaning. Let’s enjoy the cricket and let the fans make their own minds up.. I appreciate your views let’s keep it friendly 😀
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) June 11, 2019