Virat Kohli ‘surprised’ after winning ICC’s ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award
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Updated: January 15, 2020 4:30:33 pm


Virat Kohli gained the award for his gesture on the 2019 World Cup. (AP Photo)

Indian captain Virat Kohli mentioned that he was stunned after the ICC determined to confer him with the Spirit of Cricket Award after “years of being under the scanner for the wrong things”, referring to his previous flare-ups.

Kohli, who gained the award on Wednesday, was honoured for his gesture on the 2019 World Cup, when he egged the gang on to assist and never boo Australia’s Steve Smith after his return to worldwide cricket from a one-year suspension for ball-tampering.

“I’m surprised that I have got it, after many years of being under the scanner for the wrong things,” Kohli mentioned in an announcement issued by the ICC.

Speaking at an occasion in Mumbai on Wednesday, Kohli additionally mentioned that individuals ought to keep away from being too judgemental.

“Sometimes we are too judgemental of someone in their early years and that’s exactly what I don’t want the younger players in the team to face. Everyone should be given space to realise themselves and who they are,” Kohli mentioned.

Explaining his resolution to again Smith, the 31-year-old remarked that he’s strictly in opposition to booing.

“That moment was purely understanding an individual’s situation. I don’t think a guy who is coming out of a situation like that needs to be taken advantage of.”

“That shouldn’t be a illustration of our followers and what we stand as a cricketing nation, a sporting nation.

“We have to all take duty in direction of that. Intimidate the opposition, positively attempt to have an higher hand however in a matter that isn’t concentrating on somebody emotionally.

Meanwhile, India’s restricted overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma additionally expressed gratitude after he was named as ICC’s cricketer of the 12 months. “Feels great to be recognized and we are happy as a team with what we achieved in 2019,” Sharma mentioned.

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