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‘Trying to catch people all the time’ – Virat Kohli fumes at stump mic after DRS decision overturned

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Virat Kohli caught the eye with his on-field behaviour on day three of the third Test between India and South Africa as the contest inched closer to a thrilling finish.

In the final session of day three, South Africa advanced to 101-2 in a chase of 212 as both sides pursue a series-sealing win at Cape Town.

Dean Elgar departed from the final ball of the day to Jasprit Bumrah, and it was a decision that involved the left-hander that caused controversy earlier in the session.

In the 21st over of the South Africa innings, Elgar was pinned on the pad by Ashwin, with umpire Marais Erasmus raising his finger for an LBW decision. However, the batter reviewed the decision and had the decision overturned after Hawk-Eye ball-tracking showed the ball to be going over the stumps – the decision appeared to shock India and Kohli in particular, with the visiting skipper seen kicking the air in frustration.

He was then picked up by television cameras walking over to the stumps to talk into the mic, and appeared to criticise SuperSport, the host broadcaster.

Kohli was heard saying: “Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball, not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time.”

The captain was not the only India player to be heard on stump mic, with Ashwin himself taking fire at the broadcaster. The off-spinner was captured speaking into the mic: “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.”

After play SuperSport commentators Mark Nicholas and Shaun Pollock pointed out that Hawk-Eye is an “independent body” when discussing the Elgar LBW call.

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