The DRS drama involving South Africa skipper Dean Elgar on Day 3 of the 3rd Test between India and South Africa led to a huge debate on Thursday. While the review earned South Africa skipper a lifeline, Virat Kohli and a few other Indian cricketers hit out at the broadcaster (SuperSuport) for ‘hacking’ the ball tracking system in order to turn the decision in favour of the home team.
While Elgar was given LBW out by the on-field umpire, a review earned him lifeline since DRS showed that the ball was going over the stumps. Be it Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul or even Mayank Agarwal, the quartet made some nasty comments near the stump mic, slamming the broadcaster ‘SuperSport’ for allegedly tweaking the ball-tracking system.
The incident has seen Kohli earn plenty of criticism on social media. While there’s no denying that the DRS call seemed dubious to many, the manner in which certain Indian players (especially Kohli) lost their cool was regrettable
Unnecessary comment , accept and play on please 🙏 #INDvsSA
— Shreevats goswami (@shreevats1) January 13, 2022
Yes. The decision went against India. But after that, there’s been some ordinary bowling. Leaked a lot to runs. Indians need to re-group & put that behind. This is exactly how Karnataka lost the plot in frustration, after Pujara was given not out in the Ranji semis #SAvIND
— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) January 13, 2022
Looking forward to the punishment coming to Virat Kohli after that comment into the stump mic. #SAvIND
— Stephen Pettitt (@SteviePSport) January 13, 2022
Virat Kohli is gonna cop a huge fine for that stump mic comment.
— Philasande Sixaba (@psixaba) January 13, 2022
It’s fair we just move on: Mhambrey
As India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey arrived at the press conference after the third day’s play, he was asked about the comments that were caught on stump-mic. Mhambrey said that sometimes emotions get the better of individuals and people go on to make certain comments in frustration.
“Every individual out here is trying his best. Sometimes in a moment like this, people do say certain things. It’s a game. I think it’s fair we just move on. Everyone is trying their best. Emotions do come into play sometimes,” he said.
When asked if Indian players believed that the images from the ball-tracking system were manipulated, the India bowling coach left the decision in the match referee’s hand.
“We saw it, you saw it. I’ll leave that for the match referee to have a look at it. There’s nothing I can comment on it now. We’ve seen it all, just want to move on with the game now,” he said.
Elgar was given out on the bowling of R Ashwin’s by umpire Marais Erasmus. The decision seemed like a straightforward one, with many even being surprised to see the Proteas skipper reviewing it.
Was it the right decision? 🤔
Shaun Pollock and Sunil Gavaskar discuss the use of hawkeye after Umpire adjudged Dean Elgar out lbw but reversed his decision as the tracking technology showed the ball going over the wicket… pic.twitter.com/k9w9ajisE1
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) January 13, 2022
However, as the Hawk-Eye suggested the ball was going on top of the stumps, the entire Indian camp, as well as Erasmus, was in disbelief.
“You should find better ways to win Supersport,” Ashwin could be heard as saying on the stump-mic, taking a dig at the broadcasters while KL Rahul said, “the whole country is playing against eleven guys.” Kohli even walked up to the stumps and said: “Focus on your team as well and not just the opposition. Always trying to catch people”.
“Going above the shoulder. DRS is hacked,” the India skipper could be heard saying on stump mic on another instance. It has to be noted that the broadcasters are responsible for the ball-tracking technology and it seemed as if the Indian team was accusing them of manipulating the images.
Dean Elgar was eventually dismissed on 30 off 96 by Jasprit Bumrah. At the start of Day 4, South Africa would be needing 111 more runs to win the Test while India would be in search of 8 more wickets.