Australian batsman Steve Smith has termed as ‘lovely gesture’ the support he received from Virat Kohli during their recent World Cup clash, while revealing that the crowd’s booing did not bother the former Australia captain. “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.Also Read - ENG vs IND 2021: Ajinkya Rahane Names Bowler Who Can Fill-up For Hardik Pandya's Absence, Respects Ben Stokes Decision to Take a Break
Smith just made a return to his national team after serving a year-long ban, which was handed out to him for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal last year. Therefore, during the match between India and Australia in the premier tournament on June 9, Steve Smith faced ‘cheater, cheater’ chants from the Indians fans. However, Kohli signalled the croewd to applaud Smith and not jeer at him. India won by 36 runs and after the match, Kohli admitted that he apologized to Smith on behalf of the fans. Also Read - IPL 2021 | England Players to Get Green-Light For Participation as Bangladesh Series Postponed: Reports
Australia’s win against West Indies was the most doubtful win as the former was on just 38 runs after the loss of four wickets. However, Smith’s 73 runs off 103 balls and Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 92-run inning from 60 balls helped set a target of 289 runs, which they later defended and won the match by 15-runs. Smith talked about his slow inning and said: “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.” Also Read - Hat-Trick of Series Losses: India in England Over The Last Decade
Australia sit on the top of the points table and will now face Bangladesh on June 20.