Indian skipper Virat Kohli fumes at the stump mic after the Proteas skipper Dean Elgar survives in a DRS call.
Captain Kohli lost his cool when Ravichandran Ashwin trapped Dean Elgar right in front of the stumps in the 22nd over of South Africa’s innings. On appealing the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus immediately raised his finger. But with three reviews left, skipper Dean Elgar went for a DRS. The replays in the big screen showed that despite the ball hitting below the knee, the ball went on to miss the stumps.
Virat Kohli and other Indian players could not believe their eyes until the on-field umpire was asked to reverse the decision and give ‘NOT OUT’. Virat Kohli was kicked the turf out of frustration. The extra bounce in the Cape Town pitch saved Elgar as the ball tracking showed that the ball was missing the stumps.
Even the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus was shocked when he saw the replays. He even said, “That’s impossible” while shaking his head.
Veteran Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin headed towards the stumps and said, “You should find better ways to win SuperSport”.
Skipper Kohli was fuming with anger and rage at that time. Soon after that Virat Kohli could not resist himself. He went near the stump mic and said, “Focus on your team as well and not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time”. He recalled the incident when the broadcasters had caught Cameron Bancroft using sandpaper in 2018 in the match between Australia and South Africa. He asked the broadcasters to look at their own team too.
Vice captain KL Rahul also said, “Whole country playing against XI people”.
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Earlier in the day, Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 100 run innings helped the visitors post a target of 212 in front of the home team. Pant scored his 4th test hundred and also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a ton in South Africa.
At stumps on Day 3, team India have removed both the openers Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar. But the Proteas have scored 101 runs and need another 111 runs to win the test match and the series. Team India need to pick another 8 wickets if they wish to take back the trophy home.