Former Australian cricketers Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne talked about the Indian team’s controversial incident in the series-decider Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
The Virat Kohli-led side accused the official broadcasters (SuperSport) for being biased towards the home side after South Africa skipper Dean Elgar was given not out through a DRS decision.
In the 21st over, Ashwin drifted the ball to strike Elgar before the stumps and the South Africa skipper was adjudged out.
After having a chat with his batting partner, Elgar decided to refer the decision to the TV umpire and fortunately it ruled in his favour as the DRS replay showed the ball had bounced over the stumps.
The Indian team was left livid with the DRS call as they firmly believed that Elgar was trapped before the wicket. Just after the decision, senior Indian players like skipper Virat Kohli and Ashwin vented out their frustration while speaking to the stump-mic.
“Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time,” Kohli was heard saying to the stump-mic.
It has got to a breaking point: Adam Gilchrist
Gilchrist referred Kohli’s accusations to the infamous ‘Sandpaper Gate’ row that involved former Australian captain Steve Smith and David Warner. Interestingly, that Test match was also staged in Cape Town, Australian batter Cameron Bancroft was caught on cameras hiding the sandpaper in his pants.
“That accusation there I am interested in Warnie (Shane Warne); this seems a bit premeditated. This has been building or brewing and it has got to a breaking point.
“That accusation about filming teams shining the ball I am assuming it goes all the way back to that very ground when the Australians were caught out on camera,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
Sometimes frustration overflows: Shane Warne
Warne said that the outburst shown by the Indian team was the frustration towards the DRS decisions that went against them on a few instances in the series.
“Look it is an interesting one, I am not sure that should be happening from a captain of an international team. But sometimes frustration overflows, you just get so frustrated and that’s why I said I wonder if that has happened three or four times through the series, and that was like okay that is enough now we can’t have it anymore,” Warne replied to Gilchrist.
Despite winning the first Test in Centurion by 113 runs, India lost the three-match series by 1-2 as South Africa displayed grit and determination to win the last two games by seven wickets.