Former South African cricketer Daryll Cullinan has lashed out at Virat Kohli for his outburst on the field after South Africa batsman Dean Elgar’s lbw decision was overturned due to the DRS. And, Cullinan stated that Kohli has got away with unacceptable behaviour there.
Notably, there was a huge DRS controversy on Day 3 of the ongoing Cape Town Test after Dean Elgar was given not out by the TV umpire when he was batting at 22. Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin trapped Elgar in front of the stumps and was given out lbw by on-field umpire Marais Erasmus also. While it looked like an lbw at first with naked eyes, ball-tracking showed that the delivery missed the stumps.
Soon after that, Virat Kohli got angry and he was heard on the stump mic saying: “Focus on your team as well and not just the opposition.”
Cullinan, meanwhile, was not happy with his behaviour. While speaking on ESPNCricinfo, he said: “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.”
he continued: “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.”
However, the visitors then lost their focus and Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen managed to steady the ship. On the other hand, former India player Sanjay Manjrekar has also echoed Cullinan over the DRS controversy as well. South Africa, meanwhile, ended Day 3 of the third Test at 101 for 2. They require 111 runs more to win the Test and the series on Day 4 as well.
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.”