Indian red-ball skipper Virat Kohli’s youth coach Rajkumar Sharma has come out in support of the visiting captain after the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) call in the third Test against South Africa. Thursday’s DRS call-up helped Proteas skipper Dean Elgar reverse his LBW decision in the fourth innings of the Cape Town Test in Newlands. Team India was visibly annoyed after a controversial call from the Decision Review System that helped Elgar on Day 3. The controversial call provoked mixed reactions from KL Rahul, skipper Kohli and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Many cricket pundits have criticized Kohli and boys, but Rajkumar Sharma said it was normal for the visitors to be angry at such a decision.
“If you use technology at an international level, then it has to be full proof. When the referee said it’s impossible for a spinner ball hit below the knee to go above the wicket into hawkeye. So it’s normal for a captain to be angry and the ICC must intervene,” Rajkumar Sharma told ANI.
“Kohli is the captain of Team India and when such a decision is made at a crucial moment it is normal to get angry. Not only Kohli but every Indian player was angry about the matter and it is normal to feel that way.” do,” he said. added.
The incident happened in the 21st over of the innings bowled by Ashwin. The spinner threw a toss and it drifted in, defeating Elgar on the inside rim and the ball hitting him right in front of the stumps, and field umpire Marais Erasmus held up his finger.
Team India was shocked to see the ball go over the stumps and the stump microphone caught Kohli, Ashwin and Rahul thinking the technology was being tampered with. Even umpire Erasmus was seen shaking his head as the ball missed the stumps.
However, Elgar reconsidered the decision and replays showed the ball went over the stumps, so the decision was overturned.
First, the mic caught Ashwin saying, “You should find better ways to win Supersport (South Africa broadcaster).”
Then Virat Kohli said, “Focus on your team too and not just the opponent, and try to catch people all the time.”
Finally, KL Rahul said, “The whole country is playing against XI guys.”
Meanwhile, South Africa will need 41 runs to win Friday’s third and final Test against India at Newlands in Cape Town.
In the first session on day four, South Africa scored 70 runs and lost a wicket, keeping them in control of the third Test against India.
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