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‘Unbecoming and self-defeating’ – Kohli and India criticized after ‘unnecessary’ comments following Elgar-DRS controversy

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Virat Kohli’s outburst towards the host broadcasters and his anger at having the lbw decision of Dean Elgar overturned by DRS has been criticized, with many stating that the Indian team’s behaviour was “unnecessary” and “petty”.

With South Africa set 212 for a series win, the India team were on their toes during the last session on day three. With plenty of chatter around, the visitors were eager to end the day on a high, and they seemed to have danger man Elgar during the 21st over after the South Africa skipper was pinned on the pad by R Ashwin. Marais Erasmus immediately raised his finger, but the batter stayed on as the decision was reviewed and overturned after the ball was shown to be going over stumps. It left Kohli and the Indian team shocked, while Erasmus muttered “that’s impossible.” Elgar, hard to believe that he had survived, only offered a sheepish grin.

India, however, were unable to hide their disappointment and shock and even took jibes at the host broadcaster SuperSport, something that did not go down well with many followers of the game.

While some said that the incident took away the team’s focus from the task in hand as they leaked 35 runs in the next six overs, others stated that an international team could not behave so immaturely.

Some even asked for a ban for Kohli.

Some failed to see why the team attacked SuperSport when the DRS was provided by a third company.

Others, however, admitted that the players are humans at the end of the day, and they cannot have their emotions in check all the time.

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