Virat Kohli

The ICC has decided not to fine Virat Kohli and members of the India team after a stump microphone incident in the third Test at Newlands. Photo: Twitter

REACTION: Twitter erupts over Kohli controversy: ‘Chill my bru’

South Africans did not take kindly to the furious reaction from India captain Virat Kohli after questioning a DRS decision.

Virat Kohli

The ICC has decided not to fine Virat Kohli and members of the India team after a stump microphone incident in the third Test at Newlands. Photo: Twitter

India captain Virat Kohli was left furious after questioning a DRS decision that saw a LBW decision against Dean Elgar overturned on Thursday.

In a much-talked about moment in the Proteas’ second innings, Dean Elgar was initially given out by umpire Marais Erasmus, but he opted to review the decision.


It looked as if he had been trapped in front of the wickets, but the Decision Review System tracked the ball to be going just over the stumps.

The Indian team reacted with disbelief, particularly Kohli, who spoke furiously into the stump mic. Meanwhile, another Indian player – believed to be KL Rahul – could be heard saying it was a case of the whole country being against the India team.

Some reports suggest Ashwin could also be heard intimating that SuperSport had somehow rigged the decision in favour of South Africa, while Kohli was believed to have said: “Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.”

That comment seemed to be in reference to the infamous ‘Sandpaper-gate’ ball-tampering scandal when Australia were shown to be illegally roughing up the ball during a series in South Africa in 2018.

Other footage also showed Kohli chirping Elgar earlier in the game and insisting the Proteas captain couldn’t keep him quiet, while also making reference to a controversial Test match in 2018. As it turned out, Elgar was eventually given out caught behind off the final ball of the day.

Unsurprisingly, Kohli quickly began to trend across Twitter, with many reacting angrily – and sometimes humorously – to his emotional outburst.

You can see all the incidents and Twitter reaction involving Kohli below:


This latest drama comes after there were also plenty of talking points from the second Test between the Proteas and India in a heated match that was filled with ‘niggle’.

The first signs of what turned into an ill-tempered Test first surfaced when Proteas youngster Marco Jansen and India star Jasprit Bumrah clashed in a heated exchange during the second Test at the Wanderers.

On the penultimate day of play, footage also emerged of Rishabh Pant telling the Proteas’ Rassie van der Dussen to keep his mouth shut.

In the closing stages of the Test, Dean Elgar and Mohammed Siraj were also engaged in an on-field altercation.

Elgar had frustrated the Indian bowlers with an unbeaten 96 in Johannesburg to chase down 240 and level the series 1-1, and Siraj grew increasingly exasperated, leading to repeated verbal exchanges with the Proteas Test captain as tempers flared.

The South African batsman could later be heard telling the umpires that Siraj had been constantly “chirping” him and that he wasn’t going to “just stand there and say nothing”.