A controversial DRS decision sparked a huge outcry on Day 3 of the on-going third test match between India and South Africa. Dean Elgar got a lot of delay in the 21st left of South Africa’s second innings, despite being rated LBW by umpire Marais Erasmus. Watching it, Elgar found that the ball went over the stumps, which was not well received by Virat Kohli and his teammates. What followed was a fiery reaction from the visiting team, who took to the stump mic and expressed their dismay at the decision. Speaking on Star Sports, former cricketer Aakash Chopra likened it to an incident in the 2011 ODI World Cup when Sachin Tendulkar was given a similar reprieve to Dean Elgar. Chopra also added that Team India did not complain about the controversial decision in 2011 and “took it to heart”.
“Two things here. I remember this was 2011, India vs Pakistan, the semi-final in Mohali. Saeed Ajmal is bowling, Sachin Tendulkar is batting, Ian Gould is the umpire. He’s handing it out. We thought all that he was dead up front Then the DRS the ball tracking technology at the time somehow showed the ball misses the stumps Not even to kiss him We all thought it was a miracle Did we really complain that much time at that point? No, we didn’t,” said Chopra.
“We took it in stride because it went out. Now of course this is something in the heat of the moment you are agitated,” he added.
The 44-year-old went on to explain that even Dean Elgar seemed surprised by the third referee’s decision when he even left for the pavilion.
“You’re frustrated because even looking at the screen I was stunned at how it actually missed because it looked like it crashed into the stumps. If you looked at Dean Elgar’s facial expression after being told he’s not outside There was a sheepish smile that said, “Okay, I just got out of jail” because even I thought it was out. Because it was more hope and less faith when he took the DRS,” he stated.
Despite Ravichandran Ashwin failing to take over Elgar’s wicket in the 21st, the Proteas skipper was eventually sent off for a Jasprit Bumrah delivery in the 30th.
Keegan Petersen will resume the battle for South Africa after helping them reach 101 for two on Day 3 on Stumps. The 28-year-old is also approaching his half-century and has already registered 48 runs on 61 balls.
With the series level at 1-1, South Africa needs 111 runs to win the decisive test match. India will aim to put in a good bowling performance and turn the tide in their favor on Day 4.
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