India’s blowing coach Paras Mhambrey on Thursday played down the comments made by Virat Kohli and his teammates into the stump mic after an LBW decision against Dean Elgar was overturned on Day 3 of the 3rd Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
When asked if India players believed that the ball-tracking system was manipulated to favour the hosts, Paras Mhambrey rejected the suggestion, saying things that were caught on the stump mic were just emotional reactions from the captain and his teammates.
Virat Kohli and his teammates created a stir in the 21st over of the South African innings as they walked up to the stump mic and expressed their frustration over an overturned LBW decision.
“Every individual out here is trying his best. Sometimes in a moment like this, people do say certain things. It’s a game. I think it’s fair we just move on. Everyone is trying their best. Emotions do come into play sometimes,” Mhambrey said when asked if Indian players believed that the images from the ball-tracking system were manipulated.
“We saw it, you saw it. I’ll leave that for the match referee to have a look at it. There’s nothing I can comment on it now. We’ve seen it all, just want to move on with the game now,” he added.
Was it the right decision?
Shaun Pollock and Sunil Gavaskar discuss the use of hawkeye after Umpire adjudged Dean Elgar out lbw but reversed his decision as the tracking technology showed the ball going over the wicket… pic.twitter.com/k9w9ajisE1
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) January 13, 2022
Dean Elgar was given out in R Ashwin’s over by umpire Marais Erasmus after a straighter one from the off-spimmer hit the South Africa captain on his pads.
However, replays suggested that the ball might have missed the stump as Elgar had taken a huge stride forward when the ball made the impact on the pad.
Umpire Erasmus himself was not able to believe the visuals from the ball-tracking system. On the other hand, Kohli, KL Rahul and bowler Ashwin walked up to the stump mic to let their frustrations get captured.
“You should find better ways to win Supersport,” R Ashwin said, taking a dig at the broadcasters while KL Rahul said “the whole country is playing against eleven guys.” The broadcasters are responsible for the ball-tracking technology and it appeared that the Indian team was accusing that they were manipulating the images.
Virat Kohli walked up to the stumps and said: “Focus on your team as well and not just the opposition. Always trying to catch people”.
India appeared to lose focus after the volatile incident in the 21st over as they leaked 41 runs inside the next 8 over. South Africa reached Stumps at 101/2, needing just 111 more to win the Test in Cape Town and eventually the series.
India got the wicket of Dean Elgar in the final delivery of Day 3 but Keegan Petersen looked solid on 48 not out. Jasprit Bumrah got the big wicket of the South Africa captain, who had hit an unbeaten 96 in their successful 240-run chase in Johannesburg in the 2nd Test.