Gambhir lashes out at Kohli for his overly-emotional stump-mic reaction

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Modified Jan 14, 2022 2:42 PM IST

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In the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town on Thursday, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir was outraged by Virat Kohli’s stump-mic antics. He considered Kohli’s reaction exaggerated and said his behavior was immature.


After Dean Elgar survived a DRS scare following a review on the third day of the deciding Test, a few Indian players, along with Kohli, expressed their displeasure with the South African broadcaster, SuperSport. Umpire Marius Erasmus ruled Elgar out on the field, but after reviewing the ball tracking, it was determined that the ball missed the stumps. Kohli became irritated with the ball-tracking technology and walked towards the stump mic yelling. “Let’s focus on our team instead of the opposition, trying to catch everyone.”


”In spite of what you may say, such as the fact that he wears his heart on his sleeve, this reaction was excessive and you cannot be a role model in this manner. For budding cricketers, such a reaction is not in their best interests, especially for the captain of the Indian team. However the result of this test match turns out, this is not what you’d expect from a long-time Test captain. Considering the type of captain Rahul Dravid was, this sort of reaction would never have come from him.”


Virat Kohli will discuss Rahul Dravid’s antics with him on Thursday, according to Gambhir. In December 2014, Dravid was appointed as India’s Test skipper. South Africa ended the day two down at stumps with Keegan Petersen close to completing his third half-century in this series as Elgar was dismissed at the stroke of stumps.