Former cricketers and media persons have reacted after Virat Kohli and his teammates were seen commenting into the stump microphone over an overturned lbw decision.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) needs to step in and suspend Indian captain, Virat Kohli, after a controversial ending to Day 3 of the Cape Town Test.
The Indian skipper walked up to the stump mic and let it rip. “Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball.. and not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time.”
Former opener Gautam Gambhir said that Kohli’s outburst against a controversial DRS decision during the third Test against South Africa was ‘immature’ and with such an ‘exaggerated’ reaction, the India skipper will never be a role model to youngsters. “This is really bad. What Kohli did, going near the stump mic and reacting in that manner, is really immature. This is not what you expect from an international captain, from an Indian captain,’’ Gambhir said.
The Indian players were upset with the South African broadcaster, SuperSport after Dean Elgar was reprieved on a DRS review on the third day of the final Test in Cape Town.
Virat Kohli on Thursday unleashed his fury into the stump mic, expressing his anger over a DRS decision on Day 3 of the third and final Test at Newlands, Cape Town. During the 21st over of the South African second innings, Dean Elgar was given out LBW by the on-field umpire but the Proteas captain reviewed the decision. Replays showed that the ball hit Elgar just below the knee roll, but hawk-eye showed that it was going over the stumps. The decision infuriated the Indian players
K.L Rahul, the vice-captain, was heard immediately afterwards, saying, “It’s the whole country against 11 guys.” And Ravichandran Ashwin seemed to be addressing the broadcasters directly when he said, “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.”
With emotions running high in the Indian team, Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen took advantage of the situation and scored quickly in the next six overs to reduce the deficit further.
India, however, struck at the stroke of stumps on Day 3, with Jasprit Bumrah removing Elgar. At the end of the day’s play, South Africa were 101 for two, needing 111 more runs to win.
The seven-wicket victory of South Africa over the star-studded Indian team has left a lot of room for introspection. India lost a golden chance to end their winless Test series run in South Africa after losing the final match at Newlands, Cape Town on Friday.