Apart from the Indian team, South African umpire Marai Erasmus, who was on the field, was also surprised by the pictures seen in the ball tracking and he too could not stop himself from his comment on the decision.
Apart from Virat Kohli, umpire Marai Erasmus was also surprised by the decision. (File Photo)
India and South Africa (India vs South Africa 2021The third and final Test being played in Cape Town is moving towards its conclusion. Like the first two days of the match, there was a tremendous competition on the third day and Team India set a target of 212 runs in front of South Africa. In response, captain Dean Elgar and Keegan Pietersen made a great partnership for South Africa and put their team in a strong position. Meanwhile, a decision by a Decision Review System (DRS) became the cause of a big ruckus, which took everyone on and off the field by surprise and in such a situation, the anger of Team India erupted. Many players of the team, including Indian captain Virat Kohli, came to the stump mic and took out their annoyance and said some such things, which can be heavy on them.
This incident happened in the 21st over of South Africa’s innings. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was bowling at that time. For left-handed batsman Elgar, Ashwin came round the wicket and bowled. Trying to defend his fourth ball, Elgar missed and the ball hit the pad. India’s appeal was accepted by umpire Marai Erasmus and given out. Elgar also seemed to agree with the decision, but at the last moment he took DRS and from here the ruckus started.
DRS reversed the decision
The ball hit Elgar’s pad below the knee. Usually in such a situation the ball is seen hitting the stumps, but when the third umpire was watching the replays, the ball tracking showed that the ball went barely 2-3 mm above the bails. This surprised Team India present on the field. Umpire Erasmus was also surprised and even the experts sitting in the commentary box could not believe it. The verdict was overturned and Elgar got life support. At that time South Africa’s score was only 60 runs.
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Ashwin-Kohli and Rahul got angry
Soon after this decision came, Indian players could not control their emotions and they started making comments. After the over, Ashwin, taunting the host broadcaster SuperSport, came to the stump mic and said- “You must find better ways to win, Supersport”.
Obviously captain Kohli was also not going to remain silent. Virat also went to the stump mic and targeted the broadcaster and said, “When your team (South Africa) shines the ball, pay attention to them too. Not just opponents. Always trying to catch people.”
Kohli’s comment was alluding to the 2018 South Africa-Australia Test at the same ground, in which the broadcaster’s cameras showed Australian fielder Cameron Bancroft using sand paper on the ball, following which all three were banned.
Apart from Virat, KL Rahul also did not lag behind and he also expressed his disappointment. Rahul said, “The whole country is against 11 players.”
Not only the Indian players, but the umpire Erasmus, who gave Elgar out, was also surprised. He too was shocked at the decision and said- ‘This is impossible’.
South Africa benefits, threat of action on India
South Africa took advantage of the emotions that dominated the Indian team and sent some bad balls across the boundary. Elgar and Pietersen quickly added 41 runs in the next 8 overs, putting the team in a better position at the end of the day’s play. At the same time, everyone’s eyes are on how the match referees take action on the behavior of Indian players after the match, because under ICC rules it is a crime to express displeasure over the decision of the umpires.