Former Australian skipper turned commentator Ricky Ponting is amongst the many to have criticized the Adelaide crowd which booed Indian skipper Virat Kohli when he came out to bat during India's second innings of the first Test.
Kohli had entered the fray when a small section of the fans whistled against him, something similar to what they had done in the first innings as well. And Ponting is least impressed by such act.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, he said, "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 acknowledgement for what you’ve done in the game. But I’d rather not see that happen at all. 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."
Australian middle order batsman Travis Head also expressed his displeasure with the antics, though, stated that such things are bound to happen. "He’s a pretty good player and probably doesn’t deserve to be booed but that’s how it is. It’s probably not needed but that’s the crowd," he added.
The first Test between the two teams at Adelaide is equally poised, though India has a slender edge with one day of action remaining.
Virat Kohli and co. had won the toss and chose to bat, putting 250 in the board. Cheteshwar Pujara was the star as he scored a brilliant 123. In reply, Australia were bowled out for a slender 235, giving away a lead of 15 runs.
India made Australia pay for their poor batting performance, scoring 307 in their second innings and in turn giving the hosts a target of 323. And at the end of Day Four, Australia were 104 for 4, 219 runs adrift of a win.