Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli’s strain microphone DRS collapse in South Africa



Indian captain Virat Kohli has been called “immature” and guilty of behavior unbecoming an Indian cricket captain after an incredible collapse in South Africa while Michael Vaughan says he should face a potential suspension.

Kohli and his teammates turned ballistic on Friday AEDT after a DRS review controversially pitted them against South Africa in the third test.

Kohli yelled into the stump’s microphone, then hit the ground and said the decision to remove Dean Elgar, initially given to LBW, was a “fucking joke”.

Elgar was handed over after a bullet hit his pad below the knee – only for the DRS to suggest the bullet was clearing the deposits.

Referee Marais Erasmus was puzzled, exclaiming “it’s impossible”.

The incident occurred in the 21st of the final inning of the match, with South Africa 1-61 chasing 212 to win the series when Ravichandran Ashwin hit Elgar on the pads. The hosts finished at 2-101, needing 111 to win the fourth day and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Elgar was then sacked for 30, ironically after a DRS overthrow.

Kohli walked up to the stumps and spoke to the SuperSport broadcasters on the stump microphones.

“Focus on your team as they shine the ball. Not just the opposition, ”Kohli said.
“Trying to catch the opposition all the time.”

It seemed to be a reference to the sandpaper scandal in Australia in 2018 when SuperSport cameras caught Cameron Bancroft tampering with the ball during the test at Newlands.

Indian vice-captain KL Rahul and spinner Ravi Ashwin also appeared to accuse SuperSport of influencing the ball tracking device.

Rahul said: “The whole country is playing 11 guys.”

Ashwin, the declined pitcher, added: “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.”

Kohli’s antics have been condemned, notably by Gautam Gambhir, a former Indian cricketer turned politician.

“Kohli is very immature. It’s worse for an Indian captain to say that in stumps. By doing this, you will never be an idol to young people.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan, speaking on Fox Cricket later on Friday, said: “It is shameful of the Indians. Decisions go with you, they go against you, it didn’t go the way they think it should have.

“Virat Kohli is a legend of the game, but that’s not the way to act in a test cricket match.”

“The ICC must put an end to this. They must trample on the Indian side. You can’t get away with lowering the mic from the stump.

“It is so important that the ICC intervenes. You cannot do this whether you are frustrated or not. When you act like that as the captain and leader of our game, the ICC has to step in. He should be fined, he should potentially be suspended. You can’t act like that as an international captain.

Shane Warne expressed his sympathy for India.

“It’s going to crash halfway in the middle, there’s no way to go that far,” Warne said.

“I’m not sure this could happen in a strain mic, but sometimes frustration overload. You are so frustrated. I wonder if it happened three or four times in the series and that’s enough now we can’t have it anymore.

“It’s not a good look for the game, for sure.”

Paras Mhambrey, the Indian bowling coach, said at his press conference: “We have seen it, you have seen it. I’ll leave that for the match referee to take a look at. There is nothing I can comment on now. We’ve seen it all, I just want to continue with the game now.

“Every individual here is doing their best. Sometimes at a time like this people say certain things. It’s a game. I think it’s fair that we move on. Everyone is doing their best. Sometimes emotions come into play. ”

“India was desperate to get the wicket and the emotion boiled over after that. The ball was thrown in line and rebounded and Elgar took a good step forward. With that stride, it was going to be tight, ”said former South African star Shaun Pollock.

“The Indians have crossed the line. Hawk-eye is something you rely on to make decisions. It is an independent body. They do their best with everything they have. They have their own cameras. I can understand the disappointment because they wanted the box office but I think they went over the line a bit.

“Hawkeye, it’s scientific. They got every little point they plot. And that’s how they determine where it’s going. It’s much more scientific than any of us. We are counting on them to make the decision and that is what they did.

Sunil Gavaskar said: “Because he touched Elgar on the knee, I thought that at best if he didn’t touch the top of the middle stump he would cut off the top and that would mean that the refs would call and that it was finished.

“Yes, he was forward, but it hit him in the knee. In the knee, for someone who is not that tall, 9 times out of 10, even on South African pitches, the ball would hit the stumps.

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