Smith and teammate David Warner have faced hostile crowds since returning from year-long bans [Andrew Boyers/Reuters]

Cricket captain Virat Kohli won a match and hearts with his sportsmanship after silencing Indian fans who booed Australia‘s Steve Smith in a World Cup contest at the Oval.

Smith and teammate David Warner have faced hostile crowds since returning from year-long bans for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.

A section of the predominantly Indian crowd at the Oval in London booed Smith on Sunday when the Australian was stationed at third man.

Kohli, who went on to score a typically fluent 82, walked towards the crowd with his hand raised to draw their attention, gestured that they should applaud the Australian

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