Former India opener Gautam Gambhir slammed Test skipper Virat Kohli over his outburst against a controversial DRS decision during the third Test against South Africa, saying his reaction was immature and he is setting a bad example for budding cricketers.
Kohli, his deputy KL Rahul and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin made some unsavoury comments about umpiring and technology in stump mic after rival skipper Dean Elgar got a massive reprieve due to a contentious DRS decision in the last hour on day 3.
“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 told Star Sports.
Gambhir pointed out that Mayank Agarwal too had got a reprieve during the first Test in Centurion but it didn’t invite a similar response from the South African skipper.
“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. During that Mayank Agarwal appeal, it looked OUT from the naked eye, but Elgar did not react in that manner,” he said.
In the 21st over, Elgar was adjudged LBW by the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus when he was hit on the pads by an Ashwin delivery. However, the decision was overturned on review.
Livid with the decision, a fuming Kohli went up to the stumps and said: “Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball at eh, not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.”
Gambhir expects Dravid to have a word with Kohli
Rahul and Ashwin also expressed similar reactions. “It’s the whole country against 11 guys,” said KL Rahul, while Ashwin slammed the broadcaster: “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.”
Gambhir said that he believes head coach Rahul Dravid will have a word with Kohli regarding his antics on Thursday.
“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 cricketer would want to see this kind of a reaction, especially from the Indian captain,” Gambhir said.
“No matter the result in this Test match, this is not what you expect from a Test captain who has led the team for so long. I hope Rahul Dravid has a word with him because the type of captain Dravid was, he would never have reacted in this manner.”