India vs South Africa, Test 3: India’s controversial DRS reaction showed they were ‘frustrated and under pressure’, says Lungi Ngidi

India vs South Africa, Test 3: India’s controversial DRS reaction showed they were ‘frustrated and under pressure’, says Lungi Ngidi

South African pacemaker Lungi Ngidi said on Thursday the Indians were clearly “frustrated and under pressure” when a controversial DRS call saved captain Dean Elgar, prompting angry reactions from the visiting camp on day three. Elgar was caught by spinner R Ashwin in front of the stumps and referee Marais Erasmus raised his finger. But the decision was overturned with the ball tracker suggesting the ball would have gone over the stumps. There was drama and constant chatter from captain Virat Kohli, his assistant KL Rahul and ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who seemed to suggest that broadcaster Supersport TV rigged the DRS on the mic.

“Reactions like that show a little bit of frustration. And sometimes teams capitalize on that. You never really want to show too much emotion, but I guess we could clearly see right there that emotions were running high,” Ngidi said during the media interaction. After the match. end of the procedure on the third day.

A furious Kohli showed his anger at the end of the over, approaching the stumps and saying, “Focus on your team too when they shine the ball, eh, not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.”

Ashwin was also caught saying: “You should find better ways to win Supersport”, while the Indian vice-captain commented: “The whole country playing against the XI guys”. Ngidi said it was clear the Indian camp was nervous.

“That probably tells us that maybe they feel a little pressured. That was a good association for us as well. So they really wanted to break that association.”

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“Those feelings ended up showing there. But at the end of the day, I think everybody reacts differently to certain situations and probably what we saw there, probably how those guys felt at the time.” Ngidi said.

We trust DRS

Endorsing the DRS system, he further said: “Yes (we trust DRS).” “I mean, we’ve seen it numerous times around the world. It’s an established system and it’s used in cricket,” he added.

balanced match

Chasing 212, Elgar and Keegan Petersen (batting 48) made it a crucial 88-run position for the second wicket before the captain hit Jasprit Bumrah with a bang on day three.

South Africa now needs 111 runs with eight wickets in hand.

“I think everyone is still in the game to be honest with you. If we had a 60-race partnership up front tomorrow morning, that puts us in a good position.”

“But if they take a wicket then the balance shifts towards them. So I think it’s perfectly balanced at the moment. Tomorrow morning’s session is going to be really important.”

“We all know that hitting in South Africa is not easy. It’s going to be difficult, but I think the team that does it better will come out on top,” he added.

Speaking about the toss, he said: “I think the ball is doing something the whole Test series. There are patches on the wicket where if you hit it it does something more than others.”

“But overall, I think we could see with patience, guys can get to a hundred. There’s already been two 70s.”

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“With the right application, there are runs on the wicket. But that’s not to say that as a bowler, if you hit the right areas, you also get a wicket. So it’s a good cricket wicket. Everyone’s in the game. It’s pretty even in my opinion.”

We are not a team of superstars.

Previous Indian collapsed from being 152/4 to 198 losing six wickets in 46 races. It was Ngidi who triggered the collapse by taking the prized scalp of Virat Kohli, who came out after a stubborn 29 of 143 balls.

“We won’t come out with a team full of superstars, we have good cricketers, good cricket brains. It’s always a team effort,” said Ngidi, who returned with figures of 3/21 from his 14 overs.


“From the first test match that was the kind of language we spoke in the locker room, there will be times when someone will have to raise their hand.

“If someone isn’t taking wickets, then you have to keep the runs low. And, if it’s your day, make sure you take advantage of that session. For me, it was my session and you run with it as long as you can. On other days, it’s been KG who’s kept it down. So it’s been an all-around effort,” he concluded.

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