Kohli says apologised to Steve Smith after Indian crowd booing at Oval

Kohli says apologised to Steve Smith after Indian crowd booing at Oval

Jasprit Bumrah (8/10): India's leading paceman proved once again hard to pick, as he took three wickets even though he conceded a few more runs than he would have liked. he deserves credit for the big wicket of Usman Khawaja.

In the end Australia were only 37 runs short of their big target but, in truth, they were never really in the match - the scorecard not necessarily telling the full story of India's dominance across all departments.

The incident happened during late Indian innings when Smith was on the boundary and the section behind him started jeering at him. I honestly haven't seen them, so I can't comment too much on it.

Now ranked second in ODI, India began their World Cup campaign after everyone else against a South African side playing their third match on Wednesday.

"We played just (Adam) Zampa and (Glenn) Maxwell as our other spinner, maybe we could go in with a second spinner in Nathan Lyon next time we play on a more abrasive and flat wicket where the seamers are going to have tough times restricting runs".

"The good thing is we're playing all strong sides up front, so as I mentioned in Mumbai before we left, if we do well in the first phase, we'll be in a better position to reach the semi-finals", Kohli said.

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India was so in control that Kohli took sympathy on Australia's Steve Smith and signalled to India fans to stop abusing Smith and applaud him instead.

"Look I think what's happened has happened, long back". We have had issues in the past, we have had a few arguments on the field. The guy's back you know he's trying to play well for his side even in the IPL I saw him.

"We trust our batters, if they want to soak up a few balls and finish it off, they've done it in the past".

Speaking about the moment when he signaled to the crowd, Kohli said, "Just because there are so many Indian fans here, I didn't want them to set a bad example".

"I'm not surprised because we do get along as individuals with him really well off the field", he said.

Television cameras had caught cricket player Cameron Bancroft rough up one side of the cricket ball with sandpaper during the third Test-Match against South Africa in Cape Town.

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