India V SA: Virat Kohli blows off steam against Proteas on stump-mic

Jan 13, 2022: Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s sledging against Dean Elgar has been caught on a stump mic on Thursday as the day 3 of the 3rd test match drew to a close.

Kohli can be heard taunting Elgar about ‘running’ away from Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling, apparently because the Proteas keeper took a single off the last ball of the previous over. The Indian skipper also suggested that his South African compatriot can’t keep him quiet.

As the day’s play drew to a close, Elgar got a massive reprieve on 22 when he was lbw out by Ravichandran Ashwin. The field umpire gave it out, but it was overturned after HawkEye showed the ball was missing the stumps.

Virat Kohli lost his cool in the 22nd over of the third and final Test at Newlands when his opposite number Dean Elgar got a reprieve, thanks to the DRS.

Once the umpire reversed his decision, the Indian captain could not believe it and reacted in a furious manner.  The tension could be felt as Kohli kept the heat on with a lot of chatter.

The drama ended when Bumrah had Elgar caught behind stumps and the on field decision in that case was over turned by DRS and went in favour of the bowling side

Earlier on Wednesday, according to Indian media reports, the Indian skipper was in recurring dialogue with on-field official Marais Erasmus after the umpiregave an official warning to Mohammad Shami for stepping onto the danger zone during his run-up.

Kohli kept having a go at the South African players with his constant comments from the slip cordon to create a distraction, but as it stands, the Indian side doesn’t seem to be having a lot going their way.

But one of the most hilarious moments of the second day (Wednesday) morning came when Kohli shouted “The stump mics are too loud”, hinting slightly about the selective broadcast being done by Supersport.

Kohli also accused Elgar of trying to call off the third Test of India’s last tour of South Africa in 2018.

On Wednesday, Kohli had said, “Unbelievable. Just after a Man of the Match performance in the last game, running from Jasprit… Chirping for 13 years Dean, you think you gonna keep me quiet? We all know who wanted the match called off in Joburg 2018. We all know that.”

Elgar took multiple body blows in the 2018 Test, scoring a brilliant 240-ball 86 in a losing cause. Kohli has often hailed that win as the catalyst behind India’s rise as a Test giant over the next three years. But Elgar got his revenge three years later, leading South Africa to a stunning seven-wicket victory in the second Test of the ongoing series at the same venue. He scored an unbeaten 96 off 188 balls to level the series 1-1.
The target on day 3 of the match is still close as South Africa need 111 runs to win from the remaining 2 days and 8 wickets and both teams will need to put their best foot forward to clinch the hard-fought series.
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