commentary Class act: Darren Lehmann lauds Virat Kohli as India captain stops fans from booing Steve SmithVirat Kohli was seen asking the a section of the Indian fans present in the stadium to stop booing Steve Smith, who was fielding at the boundary line, during one of the breaks between overs in India’s innings. India Today Web Desk June 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 13:17 IST Steve Smith thanked Virat Kohli as he passed by the Indian batting legend (Cricket World Cup video screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith was booed and called a cheater by a section of the crowd at The Oval on SundayVirat Kohli urged the fans to stop booing Smith and asked them to cheer for him insteadKohli later said that Smith doesn’t deserve to be booedIndia captain Virat Kohli’s gesture towards former Australia captain Steve Smith during their World Cup 2019 match in London on Sunday was appreciated by fans and cricket pundits the world over. Kohli, who already has a huge fan following, added a many more to his ever-increasing fan base with his simple but very sporting gesture at The Oval.Kohli was seen asking the a section of the Indian fans present in the stadium to stop booing Steve Smith, who was fielding at the boundary line, during one of the breaks between overs in India’s innings.Not only did Kohli urge the crowd to stop but he also apologised to Smith on behalf of the Indian fans who were giving him a hard time and even called him a cheater. Smith thanked Kohli as he passed by the Indian batting legend.With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead.Absolute class #SpiritOfCricket #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/mmkLoedxjrICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019Steve Smith and David Warner, who were banned for a year for the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test last year and made their international comeback in this World Cup, have been at the receiving end of some poor crowd behaviour in England since they arrived.After the game Kohli explained the reason behind his gesture and said that Smith did not deserve to get booed by the fans.”Just because there’s so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest, because he didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion.advertisement”He’s just playing cricket. He was just standing there, and 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.”So I just felt for him, and I told him, I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd because I’ve seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion that’s not acceptable,” Virat Kohli said at the press conference after India’s 36-run win over Australia in their second World Cup 2019 match.If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I’d apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it either.#ViratKohli on why he asked the fans to stop booing Steve Smith. #CWC19 | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CIMicjoSA0Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 9, 2019Virat Kohli’s gesture and what he said in the press conference after the game won over social media with former Australia coach Darren Lehmann praising the Indian captain.”Class act,” tweeted Lehmann, who had stepped down as Australia coach in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal that broke out last year.Class act @imVkohli .Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) June 9, 2019Former England captain Michael Vaughan also shared the same sentiments. “This is class from Kohli,” Vaughan posted.This is class from Kohli …. https://t.co/FittjT8p0BMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 9, 2019Kohli and Smith have never been the best of friends on or off the field with their relationship reaching a boiling point during Australia’s Test series in India in 2017 when Smith sought dressing room help for the DRS and Kohli called him out for it.But Kohli’s gesture and Smith’s response to it just showed how much mutual respect these two cricketers, who are arguably the best batsmen of their generation, share for each other.Also Read | Dropping Hardik Pandya’s catch cost Australia big time: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Batsmen underestimate Yuzvendra Chahal, feels Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Adam Zampa had hand warmers in his pocket: Aaron Finch clarifies amid ball-tampering claimsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: We had a point to prove, says Virat Kohli after India beat AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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