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Daryll Cullinan, the former South African batsman has lashed out at Virat Kohli for his outburst after an lbw decision against Dean Elgar was overturned courtesy of the DRS. According to Daryll Cullinan, for way too long Virat Kohli has got away with unacceptable behaviour on the cricket field.

There was a massive DRS controversy on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test after the South African captain was given not out by the TV umpire when he was on 22. Ravichandran Ashwin struck Dean Elgar in front of the stumps and was given out lbw by on-field umpire Marais Erasmus before the batsman asked to review it.

Daryll Cullinan PHOTO CREDIT: Mandar Deshpande
Daryll Cullinan PHOTO CREDIT: Mandar Deshpande

Daryll Cullinan: For Too Long Virat Kohli Got Away With Unacceptable Behaviour

To the naked eye, it looked like a straightforward leg before but to the horror of the Indians, ball-tracking showed the delivery missing the stumps. Virat Kohli spoke on the stump microphone after the decision went against India to focus both on team and opposition.

Among the many rants from the fielding side, captain Virat Kohli was heard on the stump mic saying: “Focus on your team as well and not just the opposition.”

Daryll Cullinan was least impressed with Virat Kohli’s behavior on the field. Daryll Cullinan lamented that the Indian captain can get away with it since his team is the powerhouse of cricket.

“This is the typical Virat’s untouchable, he behaves the way he wants to behave. The rest of the cricket world just bows down to Virat. The powerhouse is India. I hate to say this but it’s been going on for years. It’s just the big suck up towards India and anybody who plays for India. They are untouchable, so everyone will laugh it off, ” said Daryll Cullinan.

Virat Kohli kicked the ground in disgust and then spoke to the stump microphone. Another Indian player was heard saying, “Whole country is against eleven players.” and another cricketer added, “broadcasters are here to make money boys”. Before Virat Kohli, a frustrated Ravichandran Ashwin was also seen speaking to the stump mic.

Virat Kohli's stump-mic comments have attracted plenty of criticism
Virat Kohli’s stump-mic comments have attracted plenty of criticism | Screengrab

The former South African batter Daryll Cullinan added that the Indian skipper and his team went too far with their allegations over the DRS decision. According to him, Virat Kohli in particular must be reprimanded.

Mincing no words, the 54-year-old Daryll Cullinan commented: “I love Virat Kohli, I love his cricket, I love the way he plays. But there has to be a line drawn somewhere to say ‘hang on, you must be severely punished’. If anything, it was a mistake. I just cannot believe that they could think along those sort of lines. For too long Virat has got away with behavior which is unacceptable on a cricket field. But he’s Kohli and I don’t like it, quite frankly.”

India lost their focus after the lbw controversy, allowing Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen to score some easy runs. There was some respite for India before Stumps on the 3rd day as the South African captain was out caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah for 30. This time, India successfully used the DRS to overturn a ‘not out’ decision.

Sanjay Manjrekar: Virat Kohli Going Through A Difficult Phase

Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar shared similar views to Daryll Cullinan over the DRS controversy.

Conceding that the visitors’ allegations were extremely serious in nature, he said: “There was an insinuation from the Indian camp that the host broadcasters were up to some mischief to make sure they were putting their own team at an advantage. That is a serious kind of insinuation. I have a problem with that.”

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

While Dean Elgar was dismissed off what ended up being the last ball of the day, Keegan Petersen returned unbeaten on a fluent 48. During the discussion, Sanjay Manjrekar also pointed out that the Indian Test captain has been going through a pretty rough time both on and off the field lately.

The Test captain has been stripped of his role as ODI captain after he himself relinquished his job as T20I skipper after the 2021 T20I World Cup concluded. Besides, he hasn’t scored a ton in any format since 2019.

He elaborated: “Virat Kohli is going through one of the most difficult phases of his career. He lost his ODI captaincy, there has been some controversy over that. This is the first time that I am seeing self-doubts have started creeping in. We saw it during the IPL as well. Never thought this guy would be under-confident.”

Meanwhile, South Africa ended Day 3 of the Cape Town Test at 101 for 2. They need a further 111 runs to win the Test and the series on Day 4. Chasing the target of 212 against India in the third Test, South Africa is in full control at the Newlands in Cape Town as they have eight wickets in hand with No. 3 batter Keegan Petersen going steady. He was finally dismissed by Shardul Thakur after scoring 82. South Africa is 155/3.