South Africa beat India 2-1 in the Test series on Friday, winning the third and final game in Cape Town, while Indian captain Virat Kohli’s on-field antics continued to make ripples on social media. On Day 3 of the Newlands Test, he sparked controversy with his comments on the stump mic, which questioned the umpiring and technology.
South Africa captain Dean Elgar was rescued after a contentious DRS decision, which enraged Virat Kohli, who went to the stumps and said “Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball eh, not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.”
R Ashwin’s delivery trapped Dean Elgar, but when Elgar challenged the judgment, the hawk-eye revealed that the ball was heading over the stumps, prompting the Indian skipper to react to the contentious DRS verdict. “It’s the whole country against 11 guys,” KL Rahul said on the stump mic, while Ashwin attacked the channel, saying, “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.”
The moment received a lot of condemnation from experts and fans, but broadcaster SuperSport has now spoken out over the Indian players’ DRS breakdown. “SuperSport acknowledges statements made by certain members of the Indian cricket squad,” the channel stated in a brief statement to AFP.
“Hawk-Eye is an independent service provider approved by the ICC, and their technology has been accepted as an integral part of DRS for many years,” they continued. The Hawk-Eye technology is not within SuperSport’s control.”
According to ESPNcricinfo, ICC match officials spoke with the Indian team management and issued a warning to the Indian players for their behavior after DRS spared Dean Elgar from being given out lbw, but no official code of conduct breach complaint was filed against Team India.
Virat Kohli remarked during the post-match news conference that while he wouldn’t comment on the stump microphone picking up what he and his teammates said, he and his squad didn’t get carried away and give an edge to the South Africans.
Virat Kohli said, “We understood what happened on the field, and people on the outside don’t know exact details of what goes on in the field, so for me to try and justify what we did on the field and say we got carried away is wrong. If we had gotten charged up and picked up three wickets there, that would have probably been the moment that changed the game.”
Explaining the reason for the loss, Virat Kohli further added, “The reality of the situation is that we did not 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 very exciting to make a controversy out of, which honestly I’m not interested in making a controversy of it at all. It was just a moment that passed and we moved on from it.”