India's Virat Kohli praised for defending Steve Smith from crowds

Tanya Simon
June 11, 2019

Australia spinner Adam Zampa may have been using hand warmers during his bowling spell in Sunday's 36-run Cricket World Cup defeat by India, captain Aaron Finch has said in response to a flood of ball-tampering accusations on social media.

Both Smith and Warner have been jeered since they landed in England, and the former captain had a particularly tough time fielding near the Oval's Vauxhall End boundary when a section of the predominantly Indian crowd started chanting "Cheater!" In an act of pure class, Kohli walked down the ground towards the stand and asked the fans to clap for Smith instead of booing him.

Some very odd things happened to Australia yesterday: from Virat Kohli urging his supporters not to boo Steve Smith, to bails that won't budge, to a David Warner half-century so slow that it killed his team's chances of winning the game.

Kohli waved his hands to get their attention and without saying a word gestured them to applaud the Australian cricketer and not boo him. The guy's back you know he's trying to play well for his side even in the IPL I saw him.

"But I know for a fact that he has hand warmers every game", he said.

The incident comes more than a year after Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia for rubbing sandpaper against a ball during a Test match against South Africa.

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"We've had issues in the past, we have had arguments on the field".

Vettori said the New Zealand players would have to deal with vociferous backing for the Indian side at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

'So just because there's so many Indian fans here, I just didn't want them to set a bad example, to be honest. He's just playing cricket.

'I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologised, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn't like it, either'.

Yuvraj Singh, India's middle-over batting lynchpin in two World Cup triumphs, is to retire from worldwide cricket with immediate effect, the 37-year-old said on Monday.

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