India lost their composure and that helped us : Elgar on DRS Drama

India lost their composure and that helped us : Elgar on DRS Drama

India’s frustration over the DRS decision worked in South Africa’s favour, according to the host captain Dean Elgar.
Elgar was the batter who survived a review late on the third day when he was given out lbw off R Ashwin by Marais Erasmus to a delivery that drifted in from around the stumps and struck in front of middle stump, below the knee roll. The delivery was too fullish for anyone to think that it might go above the stumps.
Elgar sent the decision upstairs and ball-tracking showed the ball would have gone over the stumps. India went on to question the decision vocally on-field as well as state that the host broadcasters were biased in favour of the home team, but only dismissed Elgar nine overs later, at the close of play. By that stage, Elgar and Keegan Petersen had put on 41 runs, at a scoring rate of 4.5, and brought the target down to 111 for the final day. As it suggests, much of the key work was done by the South African batters during that period.
Elgar has his say on India’s chatter in the last two days

Asked what he felt of India’s chatter, Elgar said that he “loved it” because of the advantage it gave South Africa. “It was maybe a team under a bit of pressure and things weren’t going their way, which they are quite used to of late [getting things to go their way],” he said. “It was a bit of Test match cricket pressure which gave us a little bit of a window period to score freer and chip away at the target. It played nicely into our hands that for a period of time, they forgot about the game and they were channelling a bit more of the emotional side of what Test cricket has to offer. I am extremely happy it happened that way.”

“My skin is pretty thick when it comes to on-field matters and matters that value the team in a big way. Now, being a lot more experienced, I’ve gained the kind of people skills that I lacked. I’d like to think it’s something I am still going to work on and grow as a human. The pressure situations are tough. Especially when you don’t have a bat in hand.
“You can’t control anything that’s happening out there. That’s something I kind of manage pretty well. You don’t want to show your emotions on camera. From that point of view, it’s something I have learnt a lot and I’ve had to learn it quite quickly. From a captaincy point of view, it’s helped me be calmer and not panicking too soon.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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