Here’s The Truth Behind India’s Controversial Reaction On DRS: A huge controversy sparked on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test that left India captain Virat Kohli and other team members furious to an extent that the players alleged manipulating by broadcasters SuperSport.
In the 21st over of South Africa’s second innings – the final innings of the match – Protea skipper Dean Elgar for given out lbw by umpire Marais Erasmus off Ravichandran Ashwin.
What looked like a plumb dismissal displayed shocking results on HawkEye after Elgar reviewed the umpire’s decision. A ball that drifted in from Ashwin hit Elgar in front of the stumps, and below his knee roll. But, HawkEye showed that the ball was going over the leg stump, forcing the umpire to change his decision.
The Indians were in shock seeing the ball go over the stumps; it was not even clipping or umpire’s call. Missing was the final verdict from technology.
A fuming Virat Kohli hit the turf with his leg in sheer shock and disappointment. The Indina then let their frustrations known to the broadcaster, SuperSport.
Kohli then walked up to the stumps, and spoke into the mic, saying, “Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.”
For the unversed, the ball-tracking technology is authorised by HawkEye, an independent body, which relays the data to the host broadcaster, in this case SuperSport.
A lot has been since spoken about the efficiency of technology, and also the behaviour of the Indian players, in particular the skipper.
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