India escapes sanction after DRS controversy in Newlands

The Indian players escaped formal punishment for an outburst on the pitch after a DRS decision went against them in the third test against South Africa.

While some reports claimed that ICC match officials had spoken informally with the Indian team’s management about the players’ conduct, no official charges have been filed by the governing body for breaches of the code of conduct.

The Indians were infuriated when South Africa captain Dean Elgar overturned a low-birth-weight verdict due to ball-tracking technology when he was in a central position in the running chase on the 22nd day of the third day. finally successful of the Proteas.

The ball tracking that warmed up India // SuperSport/Hawk-Eye

Ravichandran Ashwin’s delivery was found to be bouncing over the top of the stumps by Hawk-Eye’s ball tracking, and angry Indian players could be heard over the stump microphones criticizing the technology.

Ashwin, before launching the next installment, walked into microphone range and yelled, “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.”

India’s captain Virat Kohli also deliberately stepped up to the stumps to speak into the microphone, saying: “Focus on your team as they make the ball shine. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.” .

Kohli speaks into the stump microphone // SuperSport
Kohli speaks into the stump microphone // SuperSport

This would appear to be a reference to the events in Cape Town in 2018 when SuperSport cameras played a role in uncovering Australia’s tampering with the ball, with now-infamous footage of sandpaper being used on the ball and then hidden in. the front of Cameron Bancroft’s pants.

KL Rahul, the vice captain of India, was heard saying into the microphone: “It’s the whole country against 11 boys.”

SuperSport uses technology from Hawk-Eye Innovations, the same vendors that work with ICC and BCCI, among others.

After falling to a seven-wicket loss in Cape Town that saw Proteas claim the series 2-1, Kohli looked defiant in his post-match press conference.

“We understood what happened on the field, and people on the outside don’t know the exact details of what’s going on on the field, so for me to try to justify what we did on the field and say we got carried away is wrong,” he said. Kohli.

“If we had loaded up and picked up three wickets there, that probably would have been the game-changing moment.

“The reality of the situation is that we didn’t put enough pressure on them for longer periods of time during the course of the test match and therefore lost the game.

“That moment seems so nice and so exciting to do a controversy, that I’m honestly not interested in doing a controversy at all.

“It was just a moment that happened, and we moved on from that, and continued to focus on the game and trying to win wickets.”

The ICC says on its website that its code of conduct is to “maintain the public image, popularity and integrity of cricket by providing an effective means of deterring any participant from behaving inappropriately on and off the ‘field of play’ or in a manner that is contrary to the ‘spirit of cricket'”.

While the governing body no longer keeps an up-to-date public record of breaches of its code of conduct, there has been a long history of ICC fines of players for language used over the microphone, although none of the Indian players he swore in the comments of the broadcast.

Proteas will welcome Australia in 2023

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith, the former captain, confirmed that the Proteas hope to host Australia for a rescheduled test tour in mid-2023.

The series, scheduled for August of that year, would be a rescheduling of the February 2021 series that was canceled amid travel concerns in the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Africa is also looking to reschedule a three-match ODI series against England that was canceled in December 2020.

“I think England is around February-March next year and then Australia is in August 2023 to replace (the 2021 test series). That will be announced soon,” Smith told SuperSport during testing.

The series win against India has been a source of enormous pride having been beaten by 113 runs in the first Test in Pretoria but coming back to win in both Johannesburg and Cape Town against the world number 1 team.

Elgar said he had to show some ‘tough love’ to his players, which he believes is behind their turnaround in winning a throbbing test series.

“We have a young and talented group,” Elgar told reporters after the win was complete. β€œThe experience is not there, but we are gaining it and improving it every day.

“It was unreal to see how a group that doesn’t have the ‘names’ could come together and play as one. This is a proper unit. It was a proper team victory.”

Elgar admits he didn’t pull any punches after the loss in Pretoria and says there were some tough talks within the group.

“Ultimately, if you want to operate at a high-performance level, you have to have tough, tough talks. If the guys don’t like it, that’s something for them to figure out,” he said.

“I have a bit of an old school mentality with a new school twist, but I did put up some proper challenges to get some veteran players to stand up and respond. It was brilliant to see the guys take the message on board.”

“If you want to be number one in the world in the future, you have to compete and beat the best.”

South Africa, who won their previous series in the West Indies in June, will face Test world champions New Zealand in two matches next month.

“We are by no means the finished article,” Elgar said. “But I’m already thinking about the next series, which is something that I need to try to manage and control, because it will burn my brain.

“There are a lot of positives to that series, but also a lot of negatives that we need to address.”

Additional information from Reuters

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