Gautam Gambhir Terms Virat Kohli Immatured For His Reaction Of DRS Decision
By CricShots - Jan 14, 2022 12:55 pm
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Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir has come had on the Indian Test captain, Virat Kohli for his reaction to the controversial DRS decision during the ongoing third Test against South Africa at Cape Town. Gambhir said that Kohli’s reaction was “exaggerated” and also termed it as “immature”. Indian players were visibly unhappy after a controversial DRS call helped South Africa skipper Dean Elgar get a lifeline as the LBW decision was overturned in the ongoing fourth innings of the Cape Town Test.

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Virat Kohli talking at the stump mic

The incident took place in the 21st over of the innings which was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin. The spinner bowled a flighted delivery which drifted in, and Elgar missed the ball and it struck him right in front of the stumps, and on-field umpire Marais Erasmus raised his finger. However, Elgar reviewed the decision and hawkeye showed that the ball was going over the stumps, and hence the decision was overturned.

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The controversial call evoked different reactions from KL Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli, and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. First, the mic caught Ashwin saying: “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport (South African broadcaster).” Then Virat Kohli walked towards the stump mic and said: “Focus on your team as well and not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time.” At last, KL Rahul said: “Whole country playing against XI guys.”

After the end of the day’s play, during a chat on Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir said: “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. Then technology isn’t in your hand. Then you have reacted in the same manner when there was a caught-behind appeal on the leg-side, neither did Dean Elgar react in that manner.”

Gautam Gambhir added that he expects head coach Rahul Dravid to have a word with Kohli regarding his mannerisms on the field. 

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Elaborating the same, Gautam Gambhir said, “No matter what you say, stuff like he plays with his heart on his sleeve, this reaction was an exaggerated one and you can’t be a role model in this manner. No budding cricketers would want to see this kind of reaction, especially from the Indian captain. I hope Rahul Dravid has a word with him because the type of captain Dravid was, he would have never reacted in this manner.”