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Virat gets booed by fans in Australia, 'not done' says former Aussie player

December 10, 2018

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli always attracts a strong reaction when he on the field and the crowds in Australia are no exception. On day three of the first Test at Adelaide, Kohli was booed by a section of the crowd when he came out to bat on the field. There was applause as well but the catcalls led to some strong reactions coming from former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting.

In a discussion with another former player Jason Gillespie, Ponting said that while Kohli would have faced worse, he did not like the reactions.

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. - Ricky Ponting, Former Aussie cricket captain

However, Kohli put up a poor batting performance, scoring three runs in the first and 34 runs in the second innings. Despite his low scores, he is the fourth Indian to score 1,000 runs in Australia. Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid had earlier achieved this feat in Australia.

Meanwhile, Kohli told former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist that he is a massively different cricketer from the last two Australia tours.

"I didn't have a good understanding of where to draw the line and stuff like that. Those are things that I, I wouldn't say I regret, but definitely I look at them as mistakes. But mistakes that were important for me to commit so I can learn from them. I learn from my own mistakes, I realise my own mistakes myself, and just kept correcting them through the journey. But (I'm) massively different from the last two tours, especially the first one. I was so bad."

During his first tour to Australia in 2012, Kohli made news for the wrong reasons after he was seen making a rude gesture to the crowd in a Test match.

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