- The third umpire changed the decision to give Elgar out LBW, which angered Kohli.
- The Indian team got embroiled in the DRS controversy as the hosts scored 40 runs in the next eight overs.
Cape Town. South Africa captain Dean Elgar has broken his silence on the DRS controversy in the series against India. Captain Dean Elgar said the DRS controversy gave him time to reach the target in the deciding third Test against India as the Virat Kohli-led Indian team was distracted.
The decision to give Elgar out leg before was changed by the third umpire as the Hawkeye technique showed the ball going over the stumps. This angered the Indian camp and skipper Kohli, vice-captain KL Rahul and senior off-spinner R Ashwin taunted South African broadcaster Super Sports at the stump mic.
Chasing a target of 212 runs for victory, South Africa had scored 60 runs for one wicket at that time. The Indian team got embroiled in the DRS controversy and the hosts scored 40 runs in the next eight overs. Elgar said, “It gave us time and we scored fast. It helped in reaching the target.
“It benefited us,” he said. At that time he had forgotten about the match and got emotional. I really enjoyed it. Maybe they were under pressure and the conditions weren’t in their favor when they weren’t used to it. We had to stick to our basics with extra discipline.
After the 113-run loss in the Boxing Day Test, Elgar had a heated conversation with the team, which turned out to be favorable. “It is never ideal to lose the first match of a home series. In South Africa, however, it has become a trend to start slowly. We woke up after losing the first Test and performed to the best of our ability and won the rest of the matches.”
(With Bhasha inputs)