Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, has slammed sections of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground for booing India captain Virat Kohli when he walked out to bat on the opening day of the fourth Test here on Thursday.

Kohli was given a mixed reception by the crowd as he walked in following the dismissal of opener Mayank Agarwal. Indians fans chanted his name, while some of Australia’s fans booed the star batsman.

‘Show some respect’

“If it was booing then it’s absolutely disgraceful,” Ponting said on Channel 7 . “I said that in the Perth Test as well. Show some respect.”


Kohli has been on the receiving end of the Australian fans in all the three Tests and Ponting and Australian batsman Travis Head had expressed their disappointment. Kohli has faced such reactions before; he was also jeered by fans in the 2012 Sydney Test during his maiden tour of Australia.

Kohli was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for showing his middle finger at the crowed after he was heckled by the fans.