Virat Kohli: Steve Smith is one of the better players in the world. He has established himself as the best red-ball player in the world. He is the flag bearer of the test format in the world.
But who can forget the darkest day when he was banned from cricket for ball tempering? He had cleared his dues but the fans did not let him forget this instance for a very long time. That is why Virat Kohli defended him against the Oval crowd and the Aussie is still grateful for that.
He also thinks that Kohli is one of the greatest players of current time. Smith further added that he has high hopes for the Indian star ahead of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
“It Was A Great Gesture By Virat Kohli”
In an interview with Star Sports, Steve Smith looked back at the moment when he was jeered by the Oval crowd. The instance happened in the 2019 ODI World Cup where Kohli urged the crowd to stop booing the Aussie and rather appreciate him.
Virat in the post-match interview stated that he was sorry on behalf of the crowd and did not want Indian fans to create a bad example. “To be honest, he didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion. He is just playing cricket.”
“It was a very nice moment from Kohli in the ICC 2019 World Cup, the crowd was booing me and he told the crowd to just support him, What is wrong with him? That was great from Virat, really appreciate it,” Smith stated.
Later, Smith praised Kohli and stated “Virat Kohli is an Incredible player. He always steps up & delivers in big games. He has done it again & again for India in big games – there are not many bigger players than Kohli”.