Virat Kohli has not only matured over the years from an unruly teenager to a brilliant yet aggressive captain who knows how to carry himself on the field but has also been setting an example for young generations to come. Kohli has led Team India to two wins in the 2019 World Cup so far, one against South Africa and another versus Australia. It has been an impressive all-around performance from the Men in Blue in the tournament so far.
In the first innings of the match against Australia, former captain Steve Smith was sent to field on the boundary where the crowd there started booing him and chanting cheater reminding him of his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal which saw him return to cricket after a gap of 12 months. Kohli, who was batting at that time saw what was happening and gestured towards the Indian fans in the crowd to stop booing immediately and cheer him instead.
This gesture from the Indian captain was lauded by many current and former cricketers. However, England opener Nick Compton was definitely not one of them. The Englishman, who has played Test cricket for the Three Lions and is related to one of the greatest England batsmen of all time didn’t think it was that great of a gesture.
Compton not impressed
Compton criticized Kohli for the act as he felt that the Indian skipper had no right to tell the crowd what to do and vented his feelings out in a video. “I don’t think Virat Kohli had any right to tell fans to stop booing at Warner and Smith but rather clap them.. found it rather condescending if truth be told!” Compton mentioned in his tweet.
Manoj Tiwary lambasts Nick Compton
Indian cricketer and Bengal’s Ranji captain Manoj Tiwary, who has played with Kohli some time back, came out in support of the Indian skipper chiding Compton for his remarks. “Wat is wrong wit this man ?? Humanity is far more beyond just rights nd wrongs in life. Grow up, Nick Compton. U won’t understand how we Indians feel about certain things in life. Request you to not drink before u make such comments,” Tiwary tweeted in reply.