'I Apologised to Smith on Behalf of the Crowd': Virat Kohli


Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal then finished the job, bowling Australia out for 316.

Warner, one of the game's biggest hitters, scored 56 in 84 balls, a slower half century than his equally uncharacteristically cautious performance against Afghanistan in his team's tournament opener. Australia were successful in their 19 World Cup chases coming into the game against India.

In the West Indies' game against Australia on Thursday, Chris Gayle was saved when the bails stayed on despite his stump being clipped by a 91 miles per hour (146 kph) Mitchell Starc delivery. Men in Blue will unleash their power in their next ICC World Cup 2019 match against New Zealand on June 13.

Speaking at the press conference after the match, Kohli explained why he came to Smith's defence.

"Definitely. This is not something you expect at global level", he told reporters. Technology is great but if you have to smash the stumps to get a wicket it's not right. That's me as a batsman saying that. Every time I've loved the atmosphere - they're very colourful, there's lots of noise. Is the stump too thick or too rigid?

"With Hardik having that ability to clear the boundary so effortlessly, you want to see his back when he's going full swing you don't want him to spend time in the middle".

In the 2014 IPL, he was bought for Rs 14 crore by the RCB and went on to become the most expensive player with a bid worth Rs 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils the following year. I was just waiting for my turn and hoping they could keep up with the run rate so I could do my job done at the back end. I don't know how much lighter they can make the bails. He's come back. He's worked hard.

Both Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for a year for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal. "Just because there are so many Indian fans here, I just didn't want them to set a bad example, to be honest, because he didn't do anything to be booed, in my opinion", Kohli said. "But I know for a fact that he has hand warmers every game".