After posting 101 for two on Stumps on Day 3, South Africa has put itself in a strong position against India in the on-going third Test match in Cape Town. Both sides are currently battling each other, with the hosts conceding a goal of 212 runs. Aside from the action-packed drama, the match wasn’t short of controversy either with Virat Kohli in the middle of it all in the final session on Day 3. The incident happened on the fourth ball of the 21st over, when Dean Elgar saw a Ravichandran Ashwin delivery hit him in front of the middle stump and just below the knee roll. Umpire Marais Erasmus handed out Elgar LBW, but the Proteas captain went for the DRS review, which shockingly ruled the ball went over the stumps. The decision shocked everyone in the field, especially Kohli, who was able to express his anger at the stump mic. Speaking about India’s response, former Proteas pacer Morne Morkel felt they should have “kept their emotions in check” as a “lot of young people” were watching the match. Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra lashed out at the visitors, saying that “referee are sacred”.
“I think it’s very important, you know when you want to win the series, to keep your emotions in check. Obviously it’s not great to see, you know there’s obviously a lot of young people going to the Test match and – watching series,” Morkel said of Star Sports.
“Yeah, I just felt like we needed to back up what’s happening on screen and this isn’t a great look.”
The incident also had a huge impact on India’s morale as they gave up 35 runs in the next six overs.
Chopra agreed with his colleague, stating that shouting over the stump microphone could make India “come back to bite”.
“There are risks when you bump into the stump mic. You break down the fourth wall, sounds really good, but sometimes it comes back to bite you. Because you have the right to express your displeasure, but is that the right way? I’m not 100 percent sure because as Morne said there are a lot of kids watching this game and they can form an opinion about this game, DRS, umpires,” he said.
“In this game, umpires are sacred. That’s why they’re umpires and not umpires. This is the only game that has umpires,” he added.
Despite the overturned decision, Elgar eventually lost his wicket in the 30th over to Jasprit Bumrah. Keegan Petersen remained undefeated and continues for nearly half a century. He registered 48 runs off 61 balls on Day 3.
He will resume hitting on Day 4 and will hope to continue his good form.
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