2) Don't Boo Smith! Cricket fans all over the globe would be well aware of the infamous sandpaper gate scandal that rocked Australian cricket. A 12-month ban on Steve Smith and David Warner followed. Smith returned to action for Australia in the 2019 World Cup in England and during the match against India, fans at the stadium booed the former Aussie skipper and Virat Kohli once again showed why sportsmanship is so important as he gestured towards the crowd to stop and instead asked them to cheer. This incident on the field was a warm one as it won many hearts all over and even Smith, humbled by this act, walked up to Kohli and shook his hands. See the video here: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg1H-zvqPg0[/embed] 3) Captain Kohli to The Rescue: This time, it was in India and Kohli was leading the Test side against England in Chennai earlier this year. Opposition skipper Joe Root had scored a century but the long innings got the better of his body as he started having cramps. He eventually fell onto the field after a shot and Kohli was quick to run to him and help him out. Root appreciated that gesture in the press conference and it showed that competitiveness and sportsmanship could co-exist beautifully in the sport. Watch the video here:
Doesn't matter you win or loose the respect should be mutual ???? Just see the way Rizwan hugging Virat Kohli after the win ❤️ True sportsmanship ????#MohammadRizwan #ViratKohli #BabarAzam #T20WorldCup #IndiaVsPak #TeamIndia #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/jeuZTysAzc — FirstSportz (@SportzFirst) October 24, 2021
4) Checking on Wahab Riaz: This happened during the 2019 World Cup in England. India, having beaten Australia, were full of confidence and Kohli was batting alongside Rohit Sharma against Pakistan. The incident happened when Pakistan bowler Wahab Riaz bowled, slipped and then fell down. Kohli, while completing a run, checked on Wahab Riaz if he was fine and placed a hand on his shoulder while doing so. India won that match and that moment turned out to be one of the best in that competition. Take a look at the picture here:
Forget all the talks about rivalry, this warmth between the players is what makes India vs Pakistan special. Take a bow Virat Kohli and Wahab Riaz ????????❤️????????#IndiaVsPakistan pic.twitter.com/Zjf2trNm59 — Fiza Yaseen✨ (@fizayasheen) June 17, 2019
5) Calling out Indian Physio to Check on Bangladesh Player: The first pink-ball Test in India was raging on in full flow and a steaming bouncer from Mohammad Shami struck Bangladesh batter Nayeem Hasan with the latter getting hit on the helmet. With the Bangladesh physio busy attending to another player who too was injured, Kohli signalled to the Indian dressing room for sending out their physio, who in turn checked on Hasan after the blow. This moment might have gotten unnoticed but Kohli ensured he did his part and play the gentleman's sport as a true gentleman. See the video here:
In the end, it's all about the #SpiritOfCricket.#TeamIndia physio, Mr. Nitin Patel attends to Nayeem after he gets hit on the helmet.#PinkBallTest pic.twitter.com/pFXsUfXAUY — BCCI (@BCCI) November 22, 2019
The above five incidents prove why Kohli would always go down in cricket history as being the one-of-a-kind-feisty player with a blend of competitiveness and sportsmanship. Well, he is just 33 and with some more years left in the tank for him, one can assure that there are going to be more additions to this list!
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