World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli asks crowd to stop cheater chants directed at Steve Smith

first_imgVirat Kohli and Steve Smith have been involved in some bitter battles on the cricket field but the India captain’s class act at The Oval on Sunday is bound to win him some hearts back in Australia.As India took on defending champions Australia in the biggest match of the 2019 World Cup on Sunday and sent their bowlers on a leather chase around The Oval, Smith was sent to field near the boundary. Immediately after, Smith copped a few chants and boos from the fans closeby.Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for a year over their roles in the ball-tampering scandal which erupted in Cape Town last year. Both men returned to the Indian Premier League in 2019 to play for their respective teams and were selected for the World Cup.In England, Steve Smith was booed when he hit a hundred during a warm-up match. Against West Indies, Smith was booed once again when he raised his bat to celebrate a fifty.However, Virat Kohli showed his classy side when he asked a section of the crowd to stop the cheater chants at Steve Smith. Kohli instead asked the crowd to clap for Smith.When India fans started getting stuck into @stevesmith49, here’s how #ViratKohli responded to them.And here’s the reaction from the Australian!Absolute class! #SpiritOfCricket ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019[#SpiritOfCricket] @imVkohli turned to the stand where Steve Smith was fielding in the deep & gestured the fans to cheer for him when he saw them booing Steve in a hideous manner. (Credits: @SamLandsberger) @BCCI @ICC @cricketworldcup #ViratKohli #TeamIndia #CWC19 #VGVK18FC (@ViratGang) June 9, 2019Not surprisingly, Virat Kohli’s action was lauded on social media.Wow. How good is this from Virat Kohli? Steve Smith is sent to field on the boundary, and immediately cops the most hideous boos from the Indian fans. So Kohli turns to that stand and gestures for them to clap Smith. #CWC19 Landsberger (@SamLandsberger) June 9, 2019Steve Smith was booed again when he walked out to bat after Australia lost skipper Aaron Finch to a run out.After winning the toss at The Oval, India decided to bat and posted a record 352 for 5 off their 50 overs. Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 117 while Virat Kohli smashed 82. Rohit Sharma hit 57 and Hardik Pandya hammered a quick 48.Also Read | World Cup 2019 India vs Australia, Innings Report: Australia face record chase at The OvalAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni changes wicketkeeping gloves, no army crest this timeAlso Watch:last_img read more

CMA CGM Orders Ten Mega Boxships in China

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Navingo French container shipping major CMA CGM has ordered ten new 15,000 TEU containerships in China – five of them to be powered by LNG. On March 25, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, signed two strategic agreements with Lei Fanpei, Chairman of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping.CMA CGM chose to power half of these newbuilds with LNG, which allows for a significant reduction in CO2, sulphur, fine particles and nitrogen oxides emissions.The remaining five vessels will be fitted with hybrid scrubbers, allowing for the elimination of sulphur and fine particles emissions.Measuring 366 meters in length, they will be delivered from 2021 in replacement of ten other vessels and will be used on the Asia-Mediterranean lines, according to the company.The new vessels are expected to support CMA CGM’s growth and modernize the company’s fleet.Rodolphe Saadé and Lei Fanpei also signed an ambitious cooperation agreement to develop more efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels.“Through this strategic partnership with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, we once again opt for LNG propulsion and we reinforce our efforts to develop ever more efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, commented on the occasion of these signatures.With this strategic partnership signed today, we will work with CSSC to develop high performance ships that are even more respectful of the environment. @Elysee @EmmanuelMacron @cmacgm— Rodolphe Saade (@RodolpheSaade) March 25, 2019 “CMA CGM thereby reasserts its commitment for the protection of the environment and the energy transition of the shipping industry,” the company said.In November 2017, CMA CGM unveiled an order for nine 22,000-TEU containerships powered by LNG, becoming the first shipping company in the world to choose this energy source for vessels of this size.last_img read more