The Indian captain was seen in action during the third Test after the second Test against South Africa.
India’s innings on Day 1 was excellent with 79 runs on the first day taking India total to 223 runs. Day 2 was a bit hot though Jasmit Bumrah gave the Indian team the desired start.
What actually happened?
Virat Kohli is well-known to put his 100% whole-heartedly in his game. Virat Kohli is someone who stands-out and never shies away to give a voice out on the field. The Indian Test captain has always been seen speaking his mind without thinking about what people think of him. There have been many controversies due to his aggressive nature at times, but this has not changed anything about his game. Not just for himself, India’s red-ball captain fights with equal intensity for his teammates.
The same glimpse was seen on the second day of the Test match when the 33-year-old cricketer was seen having a heated argument with on-field umpire Marais Erasmus. Kohli was furious with the veteran umpire after Indian pacer was issued an official warning for landing in the danger zone after bowling the ball.
As expected, the Indian captain didn’t like the on-field umpire’s decision, but initially, he didn’t say anything and just shook his head. However, his reaction completely changed after seeing the replay of Shami’s follow-through on the big screen. Replays showed that Shami had not landed in the danger zone and the umpire was a bit harsh in his decision. Angered by this, Kohli went to Erasmus and pointed to the big screen and expressed his displeasure over the decision.
Harsh call from Marais Erasmus to Mohammed Shami wasn't overstepping into danger area but umpire warns him as first call. The umpire should need to check more times. Looks like Virat Kohli wasn't happy about this decision.#SAvIND #WTC23 #MohammedShami #ViratKohli #ICC pic.twitter.com/v1rPOLuPQc
— Rudhra Nandu (@rudhranandu) January 12, 2022
Although the umpire tried his best to pacify the Indian captain and explain to him the reason why he did so, Kohli was unwilling to accept his explanation and walked away shaking his head in disagreement.
Soon, the video of the entire incident went viral on social media and Indian supporters rallied behind their captain and lashed out at the umpire for doing injustice to the Indian pacer. Indian Fans appreciated the Kohli’s way of defending his teammate worrying less about the consequences.
Meanwhile, the match hanged in the balance at lunch on the second day. Bumrah dismissed Aiden Markram in the first session after dismissing Dean Elgar at the end of the first day. Keegan Pietersen and Rassie van der Dussen, however, then defied and took South Africa to lunch. It is not easy to bat on the pitch and the Indian bowlers would like to break the South African batting line-up in the second session. Any first innings on this track will be invaluable.
Coming back to the controversy, the Indian fans’ reactions were completely justified as such decisions can disrupt a fast bowler’s entire rhythm and affect his bowling. This makes it difficult for any fast bowler to fully concentrate on his ball. The TV umpire is given a reason to eliminate errors and the best way to deal with this situation would be to make these calls using technology.