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Australia vs India: Ricky Ponting disappointed with Virat Kohli getting booed

"I don’t like seeing it at all."

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

After three days of exciting cricket, India are leading by 166 runs in the opening Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval. Evan as Virat Kohli have reasons to cheer from the team’s viewpoint, but he has been a tad scratchy from his personal front. Pat Cummins dismissed him for three in the first innings following which the Delhi-born cricketer could manage 34 runs from 104 balls.

In the meantime, the Delhi-born talent has also been dealt with a rather unpleasant scenario. Before he came to bat on the third day, a small section of the crowd greeted him with boos. Nevertheless, a majority of the throng applauded him when he strolled out in the middle. Approximately 30,000 people were present at the ground on Saturday to watch the encounter.

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It’ll be water off a duck’s back

The horrible gesture didn’t go down well with former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting by any means. He also reminisced an incident when he himself was a recipient of such a harsh treatment by some English fans during Australia’s 2009 Ashes tour. Moreover, Ponting mentioned that Virat Kohli would’ve been unflustered by the same as he would’ve faced worse situations.

“I don’t like seeing it at all. It didn’t worry me as a player when it happened in England a couple times. You’ve almost got to accept it as acknowledgment for what you’ve done in the game. But I’d rather not see that happen at all,” Ponting was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.

“It’ll be water off a duck’s back (for Kohli), I’m sure. He’s probably had worse things happen to him on a cricket field, I would have thought, than getting booed by a couple of spectators as he walks on. If anything, it might have steeled him a little bit more. He (was) hardly playing a shot (early in his innings) and he looked like he wanted to really ground the Aussies into the deck,” he added.

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