2-1 series loss against South Africa drew criticism from former cricketers not
only because of the problem in India’s batting department or because of captain
Kohli’s tactics, but also because of the controversial Decision Review System
(DRS) that made Kohli and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin angry. Both expressed
their anger on the third umpire and broadcaster, SuperSport, after on-field umpire Marais Erasmus declared captain Dean Elgar
out in an lbw appeal but Elgar opted for DRS and the original decision was
overturned to the disbelief of the Indian players.
captain Virat Kohli on Friday defended his team’s verbal attack on the
broadcasters after Dean Elgar’s contentious DRS reprieve, saying that people on
the outside don’t understand the trigger for such an outburst.
statement came after former cricketer Gautam Gambhir criticised his behaviour. “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,” Gambhir, who himself
confronted Kohli in the IPL matches on several occasions and once threatened to beat former
cricketer Manoj Tiwary, told Star Sports.
The DRS controversy had happened during the final 45 minutes on the third day of the third
Test, which they lost by seven wickets to concede the series 2-1.
have no comment to make on either. We understood what happened on the field and
people on the outside don’t know exact details of what goes on the field,”
he said in the post-match press conference here on Friday.
me to try and justify what we did on the field and say we got carried away is
all…,” he didn’t finish the sentence.
we had gotten charged up and picked up three wickets there, that would have
been probably the moment that changed the game,” he added.
incident happened in the 21st over when Ravichandran Ashwin flighted a delivery
which dipped and then straightened to beat a lunging Elgar’s bat.
Marais Erasmus straightaway lifted his finger but Elgar appealed for DRS.
he saw on the big screen that he was beaten, he started trudging back only to
find that the ball was going over the stumps. While it looked plumb, the
reversal of decision saw Kohli kicking the ground in disgust as all kinds of