- Virat Kohli clarified on the controversy surrounding DRS
- People sitting outside don’t know the reason behind such behavior on the field: Kohli
- Our team has moved on from this controversy: Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli has given his clarification on the controversy surrounding DRS. Defending his team’s verbal attack against broadcasters after the controversial DRS decision went in favor of Dean Elgar, on Friday said people sitting outside did not know the reasons for such behavior on the field.
Kohli said in the post-match press conference on Friday, “I don’t have any comment on this. We know what happened on the field and the people sitting outside don’t know what’s going on on the field. We were blown away by emotions…….” Kohli did not finish the sentence. Kohli added, “If we had dominated over there and took three wickets, that moment would probably have changed the course of the game.”
Kohli and his teammates lost their cool during the final 45 minutes of the third day of the third Test when South Africa captain Dean Elgar was kept at the crease due to a controversial DRS decision. The incident happened in the 21st over when a bouncing ball from Ravichandran Ashwin hit Elgar’s pads directly. Umpire Marias Erasmus raised a finger but Elgar took the DRS. Replays, however, showed that the ball was passing over the wicket and the umpire had to change his decision. Indian players openly expressed their disappointment on this. Kohli, who has played 99 Tests so far, said that he does not want to make it a controversy and his team has gone beyond it. “The reality is that we didn’t put enough pressure on him for long enough in this Test match and that’s why we lost the match,” he said.