South Africa captain, on day 3 of the third Test in Cape Town survived an LWB
decision by the third umpire. The decision left the Indian cricket team unhappy
and captain Virat Kohli took to the stump microphone to vent his anger and ask
his bowlers to hit the stumps. Cricket experts and former cricketers compared
the incident to a similar one that happened in the 2011 World Cup involving
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fourth delivery of the 21st over of South Africa’s second innings, Ravichandran
Ashwin trapped Elgar with a ball that kept straight. Umpire Marais Erasmus
raised his finger but Elgar opted for the Decision Review System (DRS). Replays
showed the ball pitched in line and hit Elgar in the middle. However, quite
surprisingly the trajectory of the ball showed that it was going over the
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incident happened during the 2011 World Cup semifinal between India and
Pakistan when former India batter Tendulkar was given out after being hit on
the pads by Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal but the DRS overturned the umpire’s lbw
seen Dean Elgar’s review many times. Seeing him, no one can say that the ball
is going over the stump. It is clear that the ball is hitting his knees and he
is out. But why is Team India raising questions? In the 2011 World Cup, when
Sachin Tendulkar’s decision on my ball was reversed, then India had said that
DRS is a reliable and accurate technique. Then why are they now saying that DRS
technology is not reliable and correct. Simply because the verdict went against
you,” Ajmal recalled.
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no point in not giving Sachin Tendulkar out even on my ball in the 2011 World
Cup. In 2011, my ball was not missing the stump in the same way as Ashwin was
not doing against Elgar in Cape Town,” he added.
India Test opener and cricket commentator Akash Chopra also drew comparisons to
the 2011 incident and said on Star Sports, “Two things here. I remember this
was 2011, India vs Pakistan, semi-final game at Mohali. Saeed Ajmal is bowling,
Sachin Tendulkar is batting, Ian Gould is the umpire. He gives him out. All of
us thought he is dead and plumb in front.
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DRS, the ball-tracking technology at that point in time somehow showed that the
ball is missing the stumps. Not even kissing it. We all thought it was a
miracle. Did we actually complain as much at that point in time? No, we did
not,” Chopra said.
“We took it
in the stride because it went out. Now, this is something of course in the heat
of the moment you are agitated,” he stated. You are frustrated because even while
looking at the screen, I was bewildered how did it actually miss because it
looked like it was crashing onto the stumps,” Chopra added.
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spinner Ashwin also vented his anger. “You should find better ways to win
Supersport,” said Ashwin. Captain Kohli kicked the ground in utter disgust and
then took to the stump microphone and said,
your team as well when they shine the ball, eh! Not just the opposition. Trying
to catch people all the time.”
later dismissed by Jsprit Bumrah but South Africa won the Test by seven wickets and the series 2-1.