Controversy and cricket is an old equation. It is a very usual and frequent action on the field.
There are fewer reasons for controversy in a limited game. But in Test cricket, the game is played for 5 days in a row. In those 5 days, something happens which causes controversy in the opposing team. Test cricket is the biggest format in which the bigger the game fairy, the more likely it is to be controversial.
Due to the limited number of opportunities in limited-overs played for limited-overs and all the players are focused on the same goal to score well in limited-overs, there is not much scope for controversy.
Even though the players try to control their anger, many players lose their temper due to wrong decisions and never get justice with their team and then the players express their anger on the field. Virat Kohli is one of them.
But this time along with Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and R Ashwin could not control their anger. And they reacted strongly to the DRS war. In the DRS controversy, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, and KL Rahul have escaped from punishment. The ICC’s match officials have not considered the behavior of Indian players to be in violation of the code of conduct. Kohli and his teammates lost their cool during the last 45 minutes of the third day of the Cape Town Test when South Africa captain Dean Elgar was handed the controversial DRS.
What is the whole matter?
In the 21st over of the South African innings, Ravichandran Ashwin was hit with a leg-barrier off Elgar but replays showed the ball was passing over the stumps. Kohli, however, was not happy with the DRS’s decision and other Indian players also expressed their displeasure over it. The Indian players knew that their every conversation was being recorded in the stump mic. In such a situation, players expressed their feelings.
During this, an Indian player said, “The whole country is against 11 players.” Then the other player said, “The broadcaster is here to make money.” Another Indian player said, “I hope so.” It’s like the microphone is recording our conversations.” Even Ashwin couldn’t stop himself from taking a dig at the broadcaster’s ball-tracking technology, adding, “‘Supersport’ you must find better ways to win.” But Virat Kohli said, “Not only on the opposing team, pay attention to your team as well. Efforts are being made all the time to nab people.“
Virat Kohli clarified after the criticism
Kohli defended his team’s verbal attack against broadcasters after the match after the controversial DRS decision went in Dean Elgar’s favor. He said that people sitting outside do not know the reasons for such behavior on the field. I don’t want to comment on this. He said, “Trying to justify what we did on the field for me and to say that we got carried away by emotions…” Kohli did not complete the sentence.