Former England captain Michael Vaughan says that the International Cricket Council must suspend or fine the Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his on-field actions on Day 3 of the Cape Town test.
It all happened in the 22nd over of the final innings when South Africa were chasing down the total of 212. Ravichandran Ashwin trapped the Proteas skipper in front of the stumps and on-field umpire Marais Erasmus immediately raised his finger. But the Proteas skipper went for a review and the replays in the big screen showed that the ball went on to miss the stumps even though it had hit below the knee.
The Indian players could not believe their eyes as well as the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus who termed it as ‘Impossible’. Ravi Ashwin slammed the broadcasters and said: “There are better ways to win SuperSport”. Even Kohli’s deputy KL Rahul said: “Whole country is playing against XI people”.
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli was frustrated too and he kicked the turf out of frustration. He could not take back his emotions and fumed at the broadcasters.
“Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time”, Kohli was heard saying this on the stump mic after Dean Elgar survived a close DRS call.
Former English skipper Michael Vaughan gave his views on this in an interaction with Fox Cricket.
“It’s so important that the ICC steps in because you can’t have all that. Whether you’re frustrated or not… of course, we’ve all had moments on the pitch where you’re thinking something is going to get you. And it’s absolutely right to get frustrated. But when you act like that as a captain and a leader of our game, the ICC have to step in. He needs to be fined, he needs to be suspended“, Vaughan said.
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Unimpressed by Kohli’s actions, Vaughan said that the Indian skipper could act maturely.
South Africa won the test on the penultimate day of the test by 7 wickets. The Proteas have won the three match test series by 2-1 on Friday.
Team India are scheduled to play a three match ODI series starting from January 19. The team will be led by KL Rahul in absence of full time skipper Rohit Sharma.