New Delhi: Indian captain Virat Kohli, his deputy KL Rahul and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were at the center of high drama on Thursday during the last hour of Day 3 of the third Test against South Africa at Newlands Satdium in Cape Town. Ashwin, who had been troubling South Africa skipper Dean Elgar, seemed to have got him LBW and the entire Indian team was ecstatic when umpire Marais Erasmus raised his finger.
Elgar, batting on 22, consulted his non-striker Keegan Petersen and went for a DRS. The third umpire, Allahudien Paleker, after reviewing the video instructed Erasmus to overturn his decision and give Elgar not out as the ball was going over the stumps.
But Kohli and his teammates would have none of it. The Indian skipper walked up to the stump mic uttering expletives even as other Indian players reacted in disbelief at the decision.
“Focus on your team as they shine the ball eh not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time,” Kohli was heard bellowing on the mic.
A livid Ashwin uttered, “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.” He was followed by Indian vice captain KL Rahul who snorted “whole country playing against XI guys”.
Even Erasmus exclaimed “that is impossible” after the TV replay showed the ball going over the stumps as even during the replay it looked as if the red cherry would crash into Elgar’s leg stump.
Legendary Indian batter Sunil Gavaskar, who was in the commentary box, too, could not believe it when he saw the review. “How can that miss the stumps? He’s Dean Elgar, not Marco Jansen,” stated Gavaskar. Jansen is the 6 feet 8 inch tall South Africa bowler while Elgar is a foot shorter at 5 ft 8 in.
Chasing the target of 212, South Africa were 60/1 when the entire incident took place.
But that was not the end as Elgar, Kohli and the third umpire were once again involved in some more drama. The hosts ended the day at 101/2 when Elgar was caught behind by Rishabh Pant off Jasprit Bumrah.
This time too the decision came from the third umpire after he was ruled not out by the on field official Adrian Holdstock had turned down India’s appeal.
Kohli took the review and when Elgar was given out he blurted, “Oh wow, I wonder how many times they’re gonna show that.”
South Africa require 111 runs to win the match and series while India need 8 wickets to do the same. The three-Test series is tied 1-1.