They may be rivals on paper, but Virat Kohli and Steve Smith have shared some amazing moments on the field, when it comes to the spirit of the game.
The International Cricket Council took to Twitter on Tuesday to recall one such moment that took place on this day last year during the 2019 World Cup.
“#OnThisDay last year, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith shared this wonderful moment in #CWC19 #SpiritOfCricket,” the apex body tweeted with a picture of Kohli and Smith from the aforementioned game at the Oval.
— ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2020
Due to his infamous sledging ban, Smith received a lot of boos from the Indian fans he was fielding on the boundary.
Kohli stepped in to silence the Indian cricket fraternity present at The Oval, asking them to clap for the Australian instead.
“With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead. Absolute class,” the ICC had tweeted back then.
In January, when asked about Kohli’s gesture to ask fans to show him support during the World Cup, Smith said it was really nice of the India captain.
“In the World Cup it was really nice of Virat to do what he did. He did not have to do that and yeah it was a lovely gesture and really appreciated that,” he said.
While India shockingly crashed out of the World Cup after their semi-final loss to New Zealand, Kohli won the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award for his gesture at the Oval.