‘Whole country against 11 guys’ – Rahul, Kohli and others direct anger at broadcaster after DRS saves Elgar


Indian players appeared to suggest SuperSport, the South Africa broadcasters of the series, manipulated the pictures

A number of India players, captain Virat Kohli among them, have made public their displeasure about the South Africa broadcasters, SuperSport, for what they suggested was a home-side bias with respect to the camera work and use of technology during the ongoing final Test in Cape Town.
It was in the 21st over of the final innings of the game, with South Africa on 60 for 1 chasing 212 to win the series, when R Ashwin bowled to Dean Elgar and hit him on the pads. South Africa’s captain was given out lbw by Marais Erasmus, the on-field umpire, but the decision was overturned on review with ball-tracking showing the ball going over the stumps.

A visibly irritated Kohli 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.”

Kohli wasn’t alone. KL Rahul, who captained India in the second Test in Kohli’s absence, was heard immediately afterwards, saying, “It’s the whole country against 11 guys.” And Ashwin, the bowler, seemed to be addressing the broadcasters directly when he said, “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.”

The India players were not the only ones who didn’t agree with the decision. Erasmus could be seen shaking his head as the pictures played out on the screen at the venue, and was heard saying, “That’s impossible”.

More to follow…

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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