Former South African striker Daryll Cullinan has reserved strong words for Virat Kohli for his behavior on the pitch after a DRS result was against India in the third Test match against South Africa at Newlands in Cap which the hosts won by 7 wickets to clinch the series 2-1. Apart from the exhilarating cricket from both sides, the series litmus test will also be remembered for the DRS controversy that took place late on Day 3. South African captain Dean Elgar was given LBW by the referee on the pitch Swamp Erasmus at Ravichandran Ashwin bowling. The left-hander decided to take the exam. Replays, much to the surprise of many, including referee Erasmus, showed the ball would have gone over the stumps. The third umpire asked Erasmus to reverse his decision and Elgar survived, which infuriated 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 it was ‘out of place’ and added that Kohli had been running off with ‘unacceptable behaviour’ on the cricket pitch for 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 ‘hang in there, you need to be punished hard’. I can’t do everything. just can’t believe they could think of these It’s just irrelevant For too long Virat Kohli has been getting away with unacceptable behavior on a cricket pitch But it’s Virat Kohli and I don’t like not that, quite frankly,” Cullinan told The US Express News.
Former India striker Sanjay Manjrekar also shared his thoughts on the incident which took social media by storm.
“At first we all thought the ball was going to hit the stumps, so I can understand the reaction from Erasmus. What followed was quite serious. There was an insinuation from the Indian side that the host broadcasters were making nonsense. to make sure they gave their own team an advantage. It’s kind of a serious insinuation. I have a problem with that,” added Manjrekar.
Kohli, for her part, decided not to pursue the matter further.
“I have no comment to make. I understood what happened on the pitch and people outside don’t know exactly what is happening on the pitch. So for me to try to justifying what we did on the pitch and saying ‘we won’… If we had charged and picked up three wickets there, that probably would have been the moment that could change the game,” Kohli said during the post-match press conference, quoted by the ANI news agency.
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