Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar slammed Indian players’ outbursts in the Cape Town test match. Gavaskar said that the situation could have been avoided if Virat Kohli handled it with composure and calmness.
On day-3 of the Cape Town Test match, this whole drama panned out when Dean Elgar was given LBW against the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin by an on-field umpire.
It looked plumb but as he reviewed the decision, the hawk-eye projection stunned everyone as it showed that the ball would go over the stumps. The umpire Marais Erasmus was seen saying, “It’s impossible!”
“Tempers are lost on a sporting arena”- Sunil Gavaskar
Then Indian players fired a series of comments through stump mic, starting with the bowler Ravichandran Ashwin himself. Ashwin said, “You’ve got to find better ways to win, SuperSport!”
Then skipper Kohli came towards stump mic and said, “Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.”
India lost control of the match as they conceded a flurry of boundaries in the next 30-40 minutes.
Speaking about the controversy, Gavaskar said that the matter should have been handled with more composure. In the heat of moments, things happen but Indian players must draw the line somewhere.
“When you are playing for your country. When you are trying your best to win, every single moment that you are out there, you can lose your composure and cool. If you say something while you are walking, it’s a different matter, but when you go towards a stump mic – you know it is going to pick up stuff – then it doesn’t look good so that was something that was avoidable,” Gavaskar spoke on Sports Today.
Gavaskar also warned how Indians would feel if some visiting captains had done the same in India.
“Tempers are lost on a sporting arena. You see any sports – whether it is football, cricket or any other sport – tempers are lost. I don’t think they were trying to insinuate something But if you look at it, how would we Indians feel if an overseas team captain did this went to the stump mic and say something to the television channel covering the series. We wouldn’t accept it,” added Gavaskar.
India lost the series by 1-2 as they were chasing their first-ever series win in South Africa.