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“Bounce of the pitch was a significant factor”- Broadcaster gives explanation on Dean Elgar’s controversial DRS call

South African captain Dean Elgar survived a controversial LBW decision on Day 3 of the third Test in Cape Town.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 14 January 2022 8:53 pm

The third and decisive Test between India and South Africa got quite intense on the third day, when Dean Elgar’s DRS call contradicted the decision of the on-field umpire, Marais Erasmus which left Indian players quite amused. Shocked over the decision, Virat Kohli was recorded slamming the broadcaster by advising them with some of his critical opinions and was later joined by KL Rahul and R Ashwin.

During the Proteas’ run-chase on Day three, on-field umpire Marais Erasmus gave Elgar out LBW off Ravi Ashwin after the ball struck the batter below the knee roll. Despite using DRS, Elgar started walking towards the dugout considering a clear leg before wicket. But replays showed that the ball was missing the stumps by a long distance. The sight on the big screen left Indian players amused over the possibilities of the ball missing the stumps. Kohli could not control his frustration and blasted out at the broadcaster on the stump mic.

He was heard saying, “Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.” Later, KL Rahul also advised the South African contingent including broadcasters to find better ways to win.

However, SuperSport, the official broadcaster of the series, has claimed that the bounce in pitch was a significant factor in Dean Elgar’s successful review. Later in the day, SuperSport via their official Twitter handle, posted a GIF explaining the DRS call.

Check out the tweet here:

Their tweet read, “The bounce of the pitch – a significant factor in Dean Elgar’s successful review.” Virat Kohli earned massive criticism for his aggressive behavior in the field. Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who is also doing commentary with Star Sports, was quoted saying, “Kohli is very immature. It’s the worst for an Indian captain to say something like this in stumps. By doing this you will never be an idol to youngsters.”

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