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 - MS Dhoni Was Aggressive And Safe, Virat Kohli Learning Quickly: Ex-BCCI Selector Gagan Khoda
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 2020: Kings XI Punjab Will be Aided by Anil Kumble's Knowledge And Experience, Says Brett Lee
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 - Wasim Akram Criticises Pakistan Captain Azhar Ali's Leadership in First Test Against England, Says He Missed a Trick
Australia sit on the top of the points table and will now face Bangladesh on June 20.