India captain Virat Kohli played down the much-talked-about stump mic chatter on Day 3 of the hard-fought 3rd Test against South Africa in Cape Town, saying the visitors were not carried away by the DRS controversy on Thursday.
India suffered a 7-wicket defeat in the Test series decider on Friday as they failed to defend a 200-plus total for the 2nd time in the series. Dean Elgar, Keegan Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen played crucial knocks as South Africa gunned down a 212-run target to win the 3rd Test and take the series 2-1.
India captain Virat Kohli and the likes of KL Rahul and R Ashwin lost their calm during an intense third session on Day 3 as an LBW decision against Dean Elgar was overturned by the DRS.
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. Kohli and his men appeared to accuse the broadcasters, Supersport, of tampering with the ball-tracking technology and ruling against the visitors.
India gave away 41 runs in less than 9 overs after the controversial stump mic chatter as South Africa reached Stumps on Day at 101/2 in a 212-run chase. The hosts completed the chase with 7 wickets to spare with a dominant batting show on Friday.
“I have no comment to make on it either,” Virat Kohli said when asked if India were carried away after the heated stump mic chatter.
“We understood what happened on the field and people on the outside don’t know the exact details of what goes on the field. For me to try and justify what we did and say we got carried away if we had gotten 3 wickets there, that would probably have been the moment that changed the game.
“The reality of the situation is we didn’t apply enough pressure on them for longer periods of time throughout the course of the Test match and hence we lost the game.
“That one moment seems very nice and exciting to make a controversy out of which obviously I am not interested in. It was just a moment that passed, we moved on from it and kept trying to pick wickets.”
Dean Elgar was given out in the 21st over, bowled by R Ashwin 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 stumps as Elgar had taken a huge stride forward when the ball made an impact on the pad.
Umpire Erasmus himself was not able to believe the visuals of the ball-tracking system.
BROADCASTERS CLARIFY AFTER STUMP MIC CHATTER
Meanwhile, broadcasters Supersport clarified their stance on the issue, saying the ball-tracking technology they employ is approved by the International Cricket Council.
“Supersport notes comments made by certain members of the Indian team. Hawk-Eye is an independent service provider, approved by ICC and technology has been accepted for many years as an integral part of DRS.
“SuperSport doesn’t have any control over Hawk-Eye technology,” the broadcasters said in a statement to AFP.
India lost the 3rd Test by 7 wickets and eventually the Test series 2-1 as Virat Kohli’s men floundered on an opportunity to conquer their final frontier – a Test series win in the Rainbow Nation.