After scoring 101/2 at stumps on the 3rd Day of the ongoing Test at Cape Town, the hosts have secured a stronghold in the decider game against India. Having to defend a small total of 212 runs, it’s been a battle between both teams.
Not just action-packed drama, the match also observed controversy with the Indian skipper in the middle of it all during the last session of the day.
The incident took place in the 4th ball of the 21st over which was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin, where one of his deliveries hit South African skipper in front of the middle stumps and just below the knee roll.
The on-field umpire Marais Erasmus gave Elgar out LBW, but the skipper went ahead and took DRS. The review shockingly showed that the ball was going over the stumps.
The decision was a surprise for everyone present on the field, especially Kohli, who was seen expressing his anger over the stump mic after the review.
Talking about the Indian team’s reaction, former South African pacer, Morne Morkel said that they should have kept their “emotions in control” as a “lot of young people” were watching the match. On the other hand, ex-Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra lashed out at the visitors and said that “umpires are sacrosanct”.
"I think it's very important, you know when you want to win the series, to keep your emotions in control. It's obviously not great to see, you know obviously, there are a lot of young people watching the Test match and series," said Morkel on Star Sports.
"Yeah, I just felt we have to back up as to what's happening on the screen and this is not a great look."
Aakash Chopra agreed with Morkel’s words and said that shouting over the stump mic could “come back to bite” India.
"There are perils of bumping up the stump mic. You are breaking down the fourth wall, sounds very good but sometimes it comes back to bite you. Because you have the right to voice your dissent but is that the right manner? I'm not 100 percent certain because as Morne said there are lots and lots of kids watching this game and they may actually form an opinion about this game, DRS, umpires", he said.
"In this game, umpires are sacrosanct. That's why they are umpires and not referees. This is the only game that has umpires'', he further added.