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The captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli had to face some tough questions from the media after his side ended up losing the Test series in South Africa 2-1 after they had gotten an early 1-0 lead on their home turf. One of these tough questions were related to the controversy that took place on Day 3 of the Test when the skipper went to the stump mics and started yelling at the broadcasters, Supersport, for a questionable DRS review.
During an anxious third session on Day 3, India skipper Virat Kohli and the likes of KL Rahul and R Ashwin lost their cool when the DRS reversed an LBW verdict against Dean Elgar.
After Elgar’s DRS turned down out looking decision, Kohli lost his calm & delivered few harsh words “Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball eh, not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time. oh, I wonder how many times they’re gonna show that” #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/8s1iNaMutt
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In the 21st over of the South African innings, Virat Kohli and his teammates sparked controversy when they marched up to the stump mic and expressed their displeasure at an overturned LBW decision. Kohli and his teammates appeared to accuse Supersport of tampering with ball-tracking equipment and deciding against the visitors.
Following the incident, the Men in Blue ended up leaking 41 more runs in the inning in less than 9 overs by the end of Day 3 and had allowed the Proteas to already put up 101 runs on the board for the loss off just two wickets while chasing a 212-run total.
Michael Vaughan dropping truth bombs on Kohli pic.twitter.com/xPQf84RN95
— Dennisouth Africa (@DennisCricket_) January 14, 2022
Kohli was criticised from all over the world for behaving this way. Former England captain Michael Vaughan even requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to intervene and punish the Indian batter for being out of line and lacking the professionalism to respect the different parties who were involved in making the series a possibility.
However, when Virat Kohli was asked about his reaction to the whole controversy, the man got even more defensive than he did while batting in the second inning of the final Test… in which he took 143 balls to score 29 runs.
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“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.
Kohli never understand this is #DIVIDE indian team or kohli acting like that just #rishabpant playing for india and captain kohli frustrated KOHLI this is painfull ,,, kohli 29 for 143 balls tell the story to all world ,,, pic.twitter.com/UheDPC4ce0
— Kamran rafiq (@Kamranr44180545) January 14, 2022
“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.”
Maybe the captain felt like whatever he was doing would intimidate the South African cricketers into giving up their wickets and Kohli could feel like this hero fighting against all odds and still coming out victorious. However, there is only so much fighting a team can do when there are just 212 runs to protect with over two days-time left for the opposing team to chase down the target.
It didn’t have the impact, Team India lost by 7 wickets and Kohli came out of the controversy looking like a sore loser who can’t take a hit and does not know how to keep cricket-related things on the field. Not something to be proud of when you’ve been recently sacked as the ODI captaincy and aren’t exactly in the middle of the form of your life.