Former Australian skipper Steven Smith gave his gratitude to Indian captain Virat Kohli. In the match between India and Australia, the Indian fans had booed Steven Smith and had chanted ‘cheater, cheater’ when the Australian was fielding near the boundary ropes. However, Virat Kohli showed his mature side as he asked Indian fans to cheer for Smith rather than boo him.

Kohli’s sweet gesture was appreciated all around the globe by current as well as former players. In fact, Kohli had also apologised to Smith on the behalf of the crowd when Smith had shaken hands with Indian skipper.

Virat Kohli

Smith heaps praise on Kohli.

Subsequently, it was Smith’s turn to give his appreciation to Kohli for putting his weight behind him. In fact, Smith and Kohli have shared an intense rivalry when they have played against each other. However, Kohli’s gesture made is resounding that we should play the game hard but fair.

“Yeah, it was a lovely gesture. It doesn’t really bother me what the crowd do to be perfectly honest, I’m just sort of blocking it all out but it was a lovely gesture from Virat, that’s for sure,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Smith as saying.

Meanwhile, Steven Smith believes one needs to play according to situations in the match. Smith has all the experience under his belt and he has done a great job since he has come back from the ban.

Virat Kohli

“We spoke after the first [warm-up] game against West Indies, and one-day cricket you’ve got to really adapt to the conditions and sometimes you may need to play like a Test match and sometimes you may need to play like a T20. I know the situation a lot of the time, it’s about summing it up and playing according to what needs to be done out in the middle.”

The defending champions have ticked the right boxes in the ongoing World Cup. Australia has won four out of the five matches they have played and they sit pretty at the top of the points table. The reigning champions will play their next match against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 20th June.

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