Bangalore, Apr 29: For a moment, Virat Kohli was stunned by the reaction of Wankhede Stadium crowd during Royal Challengers Bangalore-Mumbai Indians game on Saturday night (April 27). A section of the crowd at the stadium started to boo Kohli and chants of 'cheater, cheater' were hurled at the RCB captain.
Kohli was not at all pleased by the jeers. He was disappointed and is right. But what needs to be told to Kohli is that he is not the first cricketer at Wankhede Stadium to face the booing.
"God of cricket" and India's most loved cricketer - Sachin Tendulkar too was at the receiving end of the crowd booing 7 years ago during the India-England Test match. In 2006, Tendulkar, playing in an Indian record 132nd Test, was booed by a section of the Wankhede crowd. An unthinkable incident in Mumbai. Tendulkar being booed? Did this really happen? Yes it did.
Among other famous cricketers who were the target of Mumbai crowd were Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
Though all the above mentioned cricketers including Tendulkar were jeered during international matches, Kohli was picked in IPL game.
Kohli was clearly upset the behaviour of the fans. In his post-match comments, he said: "The IPL is not the end of the world, they are forgetting I play for India as well."
The right-hander appreciated Bangalore crowd's behaviour where "every captain and Indian player is cheered."
"I don't know what is wrong with people in this venue. It feels a bit weird because at the end of the day you play for India and you don't come here to be hated. Whoever wins or loses, in any of the games, you come to Bangalore, every captain is cheered, every Indian player is cheered.
"People appreciate good cricket. I don't know why people have so much aggression and so much hatred towards other teams in this particular venue. As I said, IPL is not the end of the world," Kohli said in the post-match media conference.
Former India and Mumbai batsman tweeted about how Dilip Vengsarkar was abused by a fan at Wankhede Stadium.
"I remember a furious Vengsarkar go into the stands of Garware Pavilion to confront a fan throwing personal abuses at him," Manjrekar tweeted on Monday.
Kohli's incident was bad but this could not be the end. Who's the next target? Watch out for Kings XI Punjab players as they take the field on Monday (April 29).