Former South Africa batsman Daryll Cullinan reserved strong words for Virat Kohli for his behavior on the pitch after a DRS result against India during the third test match against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town, which the hosts won by 7 land to take over series 2. -1. As well as exciting cricket from both sides, the series clincher will also be remembered for the DRS controversy that took place late on Day 3. South Africa captain Dean Elgar received BPNs from the referee at the Marais Erasmus ground of the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin. The southpaw decided to take the review. Replays, to the surprise of many, including referee Erasmus, showed that the ball would have gone over the stumps. The third umpire asked Erasmo to reverse his decision and Elgar survived, angering the Indian cricketers.
Captain Virat Kohli led the way as many Indian cricketers including KL Rahul and Ashwin expressed their anger on the stump microphone.
Reacting to the incident, Cullinan said he was “out of character” and added that Kohli has gotten away with “unacceptable behaviour” on the cricket ground for far too long.
“I love Virat Kohli, I love his cricket, I love the way he plays. But there has to be a line drawn somewhere to say ‘wait, you need to be severely punished’. I just can’t believe they can think that way.” type of lines. That is out of place. For too long, Virat Kohli has gotten away with behavior that is unacceptable on a cricket ground. But he’s Virat Kohli and I don’t like him, frankly,” Cullinan told ESPNCricinfo.
India’s former batsman, Sanjay Manjrekar, also shared his thoughts on the incident that went viral on social media.
“First things first, we all thought the ball was going to hit the stumps so I can understand Erasmus’s reaction. What followed was pretty serious. There was a hint from the Indian camp that the host announcers were up to some mischief . to make sure they were putting their own team ahead. That’s a serious innuendo. I have a problem with that,” Manjrekar added.
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Kohli, for his part, decided not to delve too deeply into the matter.
“I don’t have any comment to make. I understood what happened on the field and people from outside don’t know exactly what happens on the field. So, to try to justify what we did on the field and say ‘we’ve got it’… If we had charged and picked up three wickets there, that could have been probably the moment that could change the game,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference, as quoted by the ANI news agency.