India lost the match by seven wickets at the hands of hosts South Africa on Friday, a result which saw the visitors losing the series 2-1.
“No penalty, official warning or reprimand was issued, but match officials have spoken to the Indian players/management and warned them about their behaviour yesterday,” a reliable source tracking the developments told this paper. The match officials in the third Test were on-field umpires Adrian Holdstock and Marais Erasmus, third umpire Allahudien Paleker, reserve umpire Bongani Jele and match referee Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe.
Virat Kohli (Twitter Photo)
South Africa’s captain Elgar was given out LBW by Erasmus, but the Proteas captain reviewed the decision. Replays showed that the ball hit Elgar just below the knee roll, but Hawk-Eye showed that it was going over the stumps. The decision infuriated the Indian players, particularly captain Virat Kohli.
The Indian skipper walked up to the stump mic and let it rip, saying: “Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball… and not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time.” Other Indian players like KL Rahul and Ravichandran Ashwin too expressed their dissatisfaction.
“Whole country playing against XI guys,” Rahul could be heard saying. Taking a dig at the host broadcaster, Ashwin said: “You’ve got to find better ways to win, SuperSport.”