Kohli then gestured to the fans to instead applaud Smith, before turning around and shaking his head in disappointment.
The Indian faithful responded to Kohli's gesture by chanting, "Kohli, Kohli, Kohli" but they failed to heed his advice as the boos continued when Smith batted in Australia's innings.
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Smith, who was the captain of the ball-tampering controversy which took place past year, was first booed, with chants of "cheater, cheater", making the rounds while he was fielding at third man during the Indian innings.
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TV: Every match of the World Cup will be LIVE and ad-break free during play on Fox Sports or live stream on Kayo Sports.
Both Steve Smith and David Warner served ban from cricket for being involved in the sandpaper-gate scandal were booed in Bristol too during the match against Afghanistan. "To have them to come back, yes, it's great for the side and our batting line-up and for experience in World Cups and a great help for me as a leader, as well, in terms of tactics and stuff out on the field".
Marcus Stoinis described Kohli, who he plays IPL with and has been friends with for 12 years, as a "great bloke" last week while Glenn Maxwell wasn't surprised by Kohli's kindness. "I think we are all hoping that history is going to repeat itself", said Ghanashyam, in her welcome message to the Indian team at her London residence on Friday evening.
"Well, when you've got world-class players coming back into your side, it's unfortunate for the guys who have missed out and the guys that have played some really good one-day cricket in the past", Finch said at the Oval on Saturday.
We've seen that happen in a few earlier games as well. "He's playing well for his side now", he added. That's the main thing that's come out of these early games.