Ricky Ponting not impressed with Australian fans for treatment of Virat Kohli

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India skipper Virat Kohli was booed as he walked out to bat on the opening day of the fourth Test in Sydney.

The Indian fans gave their batsman a warm reception and sang his name, but the home fans felt very differently about him.

Kohli has been on the end of abuse from the Aussie fans throughout the series, with him being jeered in all three of the previous Tests so far.

This isn't the first time that Kohli has received a harsh reception in Sydney, with him getting unsavoury reactions from the crowd back in 2012 on his maiden tour.

It sparked a reaction from the Indian skipper that time around as he was fined half of his match fee for showing his middle finger to the Australian crowd.

Ricky Ponting and batsman Travis Head have both come out and expressed their disappointment with the Australian fans for their treatment of the Indian legend.

The former Australian captain Ponting told Channel 7: "If it was booing, then it's absolutely disgraceful.

"I said that in the Perth Test as well. Show some respect."

It seemed that the home crowd may have got into the head of Kohli with him being dismissed for just 23 by Josh Hazlewood.

Australia v India - 4th Test: Day 1

However, the Indian's teammate's are more than holding their own on foreign soil, with them dominating the hosts as they closed the day on 303-4.

Pujara is still in bat having hit a century with 130 runs, the score was also significantly added to by Agarwal, who contributed 77 runs to the total before being dismissed.

Personally, Kohli will be hoping India get the chance to go back into bat once they call, as the lead looks like it will continue to grow.

So far in the series in Australia, Kohli has scored 282 runs and he will be wanting to show the Sydney crowd what he's capable of.

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