Indian captain Virat Kohli defended his team’s verbal attack on broadcasters after the controversial DRS decision went in favor of Dean Elgar, saying people sitting outside do not know the reasons for such behavior on the pitch.
Kohli and his teammates lost their cool during the final 45 minutes of the third day of the third Test when South African captain Dean Elgar was not handed over due to a controversial decision by the DRS.
The Indian players expressed their disappointment on the stump microphone. India lost the series 2-1 after losing the third match by seven wickets.
“I don’t want to comment on this. We know what happened on the field and the people sitting outside don’t know what is happening on the field,” Kohli said at a post-match news conference on Friday.
He continued: “For me to try to justify what we did on the pitch and say we got emotional…Kohli didn’t finish the sentence. Kohli said, if we had dominated there and three If I had taken a wicket, that moment It could have changed the course of the game.”
The incident occurred in the 21st when a bouncing ball from Ravichandran Ashwin directly hit Elgar’s bag. Referee Marías Erasmo raised his finger, but Elgar took the DRS. Television replays showed the ball going over the wicket and the umpire had to change his decision.
On this, the Indian players openly expressed their disappointment. Kohli, who has played 99 Tests so far, said he doesn’t want it to be a controversy and his team has gone above and beyond. “The reality is that we didn’t push him hard enough for long enough in this test match and that’s why we lost the match,” he said.