Virat Kohli Steps Down As Indian Test Captain, Won’t Be Fined for Stump Mic Tirade During Game Against Proteas

Virat Kohli Steps Down As Indian Test Captain, Won’t Be Fined for Stump Mic Tirade During Game Against Proteas

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • Virat Kohli will not be fined for his outburst into the stump mic during the final test match against South Africa
  • Virat Kohli stepped down as the captain of the Indian test team after the series defeat to South Africa
  • Fans aren't surprised that Kohli wasn't punished for his antics as they believe that India gets away with most decisions

Virat Kohli has escaped any punishment for his verbal tirade into the stump mic during the third test against South Africa at Newlands.

India lost the third test match and the series which saw Kohli also step down as Indian test team captain.

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Virat Kohli has stepped down as the Indian test captain following the defeat to South Africa. He also escaped any fine for his outburst into the stump mic. Image: Rodger Bosch/ Ashley Vlotman
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Kohli captained India's test team for the past seven years, leading them to 40 wins from 68 matches, SkySports confirmed.

Kohli's retirement news was soon overshadowed by the news that he would not be fined for his outburst during the final test. After Dean Elgar's dismissal was overturned by DRS, Kohli walked over to the stump mic saying:

"Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball, hey and not just the opposition. You're trying to catch people all the time," Sport24 reported.

Cricket lovers have taken to social media to mock Kohli for his actions following the outburst, with some former cricket players calling it a disgrace to the game. Fans thought aren't surprised that he escaped punishment for his actions, believing that the Indian team get away with most decisions.


"I told you. BCCI own ICC. Virat Kohli, India won't be punished by ICC following Newlands stump mic incident."


"So @ICC just set the precedent. Any national team player can make negative comments about past indiscretions, broadcasters and decisions in full hearing distance of the stump mic with complete immunity."


"Of course not, he is another that is more equal than others, imagine if he played for any team outside the big 3?"


"Of course not, the BCCI own the ICC!!! Roles reversed and there would be match bans"


"But they were quick to charge Kagiso Rabada for celebrating a wicket. India now owns world cricket."

Virat Kohli becomes the punchline of jokes, memes and criticism after DRS outburst

India's captain Virat Kohli was the subject of ridicule and criticism after his petulant utterances during the third Test match between South Africa and India in Cape Town, Sports Brief earlier reported.

Late in the afternoon of the third day's play, Dean Elgar was trapped LBW by the wily bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin. Seemingly plum in front, Elgar still used a review, which surprisingly return a "not out" verdict, forcing umpire Marais Erasmus to overturn his decision.

According to News24, Ashwin chimed in that broadcaster SuperSport found other ways to help South Africa win, while KL Rahul alleged that the incident was 'the whole country was playing against 11 guys'.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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