Cricket in India is a religion. It is a place where cricketers are treated as demi-gods. From airports to malls to stadiums, fans throng in large numbers just to catch a glimpse of their favorite hero.
But there has been a plethora of instances in the past where those very fans have turned on their favorite cricketers, booing them incessantly.
Here’s a look at such instances in the past where Indian cricketers were booed by fans in the stadium-
Virat Kohli is one of the most loved cricketers in the country in the current era. The kind of reception that the Indian captain gets, no matter where he plays, is unparalleled.
But during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League saw a rare instance when the fans turned on the Indian superstar. It all happened when Kohli’s direct hit proceeded to run out Ambati Rayudu, whose bat was in the air after having collided with RCB bowler Vinay Kumar.
Chants of ‘Cheater Kohli’ started to reverberate across the Wankhede Stadium, and Virat, after the game, did not mince his words on what he thought of the crowd.
“I don’t know what is wrong with people in this venue. It feels a bit weird because at the end of the day you play for India and you don’t come here to be hated,” he said after the game.
Next year, during another MI-RCB game, one that is infamous for the ugly altercation between Mitchell Starc and Kieron Pollard, the Wankhede crowd proceeded to chant ‘Anuskha’.