Former South African cricketer Shaun Pollock feels that the Indian team lost the plot for some time after Dean Elgar’s survived an LBW decision by DRS in IND vs SA 3rd Test. During the third session of day 3 of IND vs SA 3rd Test, Dean Elgar was adjudged LBW by on-field umpire Marais Erasmus on Ravichandran Ashwin’s delivery.
After a little hesitation, Dean Elgar took review for the decision. While Indian players were too confident about the dismissal, the DRS adjudged Elgar not-out. In the DRS video, the ball missed the stumps. Indian players and Marais Erasmus were shocked by the incident. The decision also annoyed Indian players and they spilled out a few words about injustice from the third-umpire.
I Think India Lost The Plot For A Brief Time There: Shaun Pollock
While speaking about the incident, former South Africa skipper and cricket commentator Shaun Pollock said that he thinks the Indian team lost the plot for a brief time after the incident. Shaun Pollock also added that the emotions were high for the next 3-4 overs.
“I think they lost the plot for a brief time there. Virat is emotional captain and that’s often a real positive for the team…the energy he brings. … The team often takes the lead from him. … I think he just got a little bit upset. They thought they have got their second wicket”, Shaun Pollock said.
“It was Dean Elgar who played so well at the Wanderers. He thought, he brought Ashwin in to the attack and it did the trick. They didn’t see it coming [ball going over the top]. It was a tough pill to swallow for them at that time. After that, there was a period of three or four overs, when emotions were high.” Shaun Pollock further added.
Dean Elgar’s DRS incident occurred in the 21st over, and the dismissal could have given a great advantage to India. The team did manage to dismiss the South African skipper later on the final ball of the day. While Elgar was adjudged not out by the on-field umpire for being caught behind, India took the review which confirmed a nick off the bat.
At the stumps of day 3, South Africa reached 101-2 on the scoreboard. The hosts are chasing a 212 run-target set by India. In the 1st innings, India posted 223 runs and bowled out South Africa for 210. With a 13 run-lead, India was bowled out for 198 in the 2nd innings, setting up a 212-run target for the home side. Rishabh Pant slammed a marvellous unbeaten century in the 2nd innings for India.