Virat Kohli’s outburst against a controversial DRS decision during the third Test against South Africa was “immature” and with such “exaggerated” reaction, the India skipper will never be a role model for youngsters, feels former opener Gautam Gambhir.
Kohli, his deputy KL Rahul and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin made some unsavoury comments about umpiring and technology to the stump mic after rival skipper Dean Elgar got a massive reprieve due to a contentious DRS decision in the last hour of Day Three on Thursday.
“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 Indian captain,” Gambhir told Star Sports. “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 a reaction, especially from the Indian captain,” he added. Gambhir pointed out that Mayank Agarwal too had got a reprieve during the first Test in Centurion but it didn’t invite similar response from the SA skipper.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan was critical of the Indian skipper. “I think that is disgraceful from the Indians personally,” Vaughan said on Fox Sports. “Virat Kohli is a legend of the game, but that’s not the way to act. The ICC have to stamp this down.”
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