On the fourth morning South Africa were 101/2, on the morning of the fourth day of the third test. The series has been fair and balanced, but not without controversy on the third day when Dean Elgar’s lbw decision was overturned by DRS. The biggest news was left for after the test, when living legend Virat Kohli retired.
India’s reaction shows they are frustrated, under pressure, says Ngidi on controversial DRS decision
South African pacer Lungi Ngidi said that Indians were frustrated and under pressure after a controversial DRS call helped Proteas skipper Dean Elgar get his LBW decision overturned in the ongoing fourth innings of the Cape Town Test here at Newlands.
Team India was visibly irked after a controversial Decision Review System call which helped Elgar on Day 3. The controversial call evoked different reactions from KL Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli, and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. “I think reactions like that show a bit of frustration. Sometimes teams capitalise on that. You never really want to show too much emotion but I guess we could clearly see right up there those emotions were high and probably tells us that maybe they are feeling a little bit of pressure. That was a really good partnership for us, so they wanted to really break that. I think those feelings were showing up there. At the end of the day, everyone reacts differently to certain situations,” said Ngidi in the virtual press conference after the day’s play.
The incident occurred in the 21st over of the innings which was bowled by Ashwin. The spinner bowled a tossed-up delivery and it drifted in, beating Elgar on the inside edge and the ball struck him right in front of the stumps, and on-field umpire Marais Erasmus raised his finger.
However, Elgar reviewed the decision and replays showed that the ball was going over the stumps, and hence the decision was overturned.
Backing the DRS system, SA speedster added: “Yes (we trust DRS). I mean, we’ve seen it on numerous occasions being used all around the world. It’s a system in place and that’s used in cricket.”
Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen held their ground as South Africa gained full control against India on Thursday. At stumps, South Africa’s score read 101/2 — with the hosts still needing 111 runs to win. Petersen (48*) is currently unbeaten at the crease.
“We are not going in there with a team of superstars,” Ngidi said. “We’ve got good cricketers and good cricketing brains, and it’s always a team effort. There are going to be moments where someone is going to have to put up their hand. If someone is not taking wickets, you make sure you keep the runs down, and if it’s your day, you make sure you cash in.”
Talking about the pitch, he said: “The ball has been doing something the entire Test series. There are patches on the wicket where if you hit it, it does something a little more than others. And we could see, with patience, guys could score hundreds out there, there have been two 70s already, so with the right application, there are runs in the wicket. As a bowler, if you hit the right areas, there are wickets as well.”
“It’s a good cricketing wicket. Everyone is in the game. It’s pretty evenly matched out,” he added. (ANI)
You can’t be a role model in this manner: Gambhir slams Kohli for stump mic reaction
Cape Town [South Africa], January 14 (ANI): Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir slammed India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli for his reaction to the controversial DRS decision during the ongoing third Test against South Africa at Cape Town on Thursday.
Former Indian opening batter added that Kohli’s reaction was “exaggerated” and “really immature”. Team India was visibly irked after a controversial Decision Review System (DRS) call helped South Africa skipper Dean Elgar get his LBW decision overturned in the ongoing fourth innings of the Cape Town Test. The incident occurred in the 21st over of the innings which was bowled by Ashwin. The spinner bowled a tossed-up delivery and it drifted in, beating Elgar on the inside edge and the ball struck him right in front of the stumps, and on-field umpire Marais Erasmus raised his finger. However, Elgar reviewed the decision and replays showed that the ball was going over the stumps, and hence the decision was overturned.
The controversial call evoked different reactions from KL Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli, and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. First, the mic caught Ashwin as saying: “You should find better ways to win Supersport (South Africa broadcaster).”
Then Virat Kohli walked towards the stump mic and said: “Focus on your team as well and not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time.” At last, KL Rahul said: “Whole country playing against XI guys.”
After the end of the day’s play, Gambhir in conversation with Star Sports said: “This is really bad. What Kohli did, going near the stump mic and reacting in that manner, that is really immature. This is not what you expect from an international captain, from an Indian captain. Then technology isn’t in your hand. Then you have reacted in the same manner when there was a caught-behind appeal on the leg-side, neither did Dean Elgar react in that manner. During that Mayank Agarwal appeal, it looked OUT from the naked eye, but Elgar did not react in that manner,” he said.”
Gambhir added that he expects head coach Rahul Dravid to have a word with Kohli regarding his antics on Thursday.
“No matter what you say, stuff like he plays with his heart on his sleeve, this reaction was an exaggerated one and you can’t be a role model in this manner. No budding cricketers would want to see this kind of a reaction, especially from the Indian captain. No matter the result in this Test match, this is not what you expect from a Test captain who has led the team for so long. I hope Rahul Dravid has a word with him, because the type of captain Dravid was, he would have never reacted in this manner,” Gambhir opined. (ANI)