Virat Kohli walked out to boos from the Australian fans at the Adelaide Oval on day 3 of the first Test. The Indian captain though put his head down and batted with conviction.
The negative reaction from the home crowd comes after Kohli was criticised by Australian coach Justin Langer for his wicket celebrations, particularly that of Aaron Finch on Friday.
Langer said that if Australian players were to celebrate wickets like Kohli did, they would be seen as “the worst blokes in the world”.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was not impressed with the way Kohli was welcomed to the crease.
“I don’t like seeing it at all,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
“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.
“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.”
Kohli, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, thawarted Australia in their 71-run partnership, to push India to a position of strength and a 166-run lead at the close of of play on Saturday.
Kohli was dismissed late in the final session as the Indian skipper lunged forward to defend off Nathan Lyon but was caught at short leg for an uncharacteristic knock of 34 from 104 balls. But Pujara carried on and made 40 before the close of play with India reaching 151 for 3 at stumps.
Kohli became the fastest Indian to score 1000 Test runs for India in Australia during his knock. He reached the landmark in nine Test matches, faster than batting great Don Bradman, who reached the four-figure mark in his 10th Test at home.
Kohli also became the only Indian skipper to score 2000 Test runs in away matches. He is also the first Indian captain to score 2000 Test runs both in India and overseas.
Apart from Kohli, three other Indians have scored 1000 runs for the country. Sachin Tendulkar scored 1809 runs off 38 innings in Australia at an average of 53.21. VVS Laxman scored 1236 runs in 29 innings while Rahul Dravid scored 1143 in 30 innings.
Virender Sehwag has also scored 1000 runs in Australia but 83 of them came for ICC World XI. For India, Sehwag scored 948 runs in 20 innings at an average of 47.40.
Earlier, India bowled out Australia for 235 with a lead of 15 runs in the first innings early in the first session on the third day. Travis Head top-scored for the hosts with 72 runs while Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin picked three wickets each for the visitors.