India captain Virat Kohli has been given 2019 ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for his lovely gesture towards Australian Steve Smith during the ODI World Cup in England last year. During their world cup meeting in London on June 9, an annoyed Kohli had gestured towards a segment of Indian fans at the Kennington Oval who were apparently booing Smith. Also Read - Highlights Ind vs Eng 3rd Test, AS IT HAPPENED: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin Knock England Out of WTC Final Race as India Take 2-1 Lead
Chants of ‘ cheater, cheater’ were reportedly directed towards the former Aussie captain by the crowd following which Kohli chided the fans before personally apologising to Smith for the incident. Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin Overtakes Anil Kumble to Become Fastest Indian Bowler to Pick 400 Test Wickets, Second Fastest Overall
Smith had returned to international cricket after having served his year-long ban for his role in ball-tampering scandal in March 2018. Also Read - Live Match Cricket Streaming India vs England 3rd Test Day 2: When And Where to Watch IND vs ENG Day-Night Test Online And on TV
However, Smith had said he wasn’t bothered by the booing as he has blocked them out while thanking Kohli for his ‘ lovely gesture’ . “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,” he had said.
Meanwhile, India opener Rohit Sharma was chosen as the ODI Men’s cricketer of the Year while Aussie pacer Pat Cummins selected Test cricketer of the Year.
Meanwhile, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 player of the tournament Ben Stokes has won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the world player of the year award.
Rising Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne is 2019’s Emerging Player of The Year while Scotland’s Kyle Coetzer is Associate Cricketer Of the Year.