“Two things here. I remember this was 2011, India vs Pakistan, semifinal game at Mohali. Saeed Ajmal is bowling, Sachin Tendulkar is batting, Ian Gould is the umpire. He gives him out. All of us thought he is dead and plumb in front. Then the DRS, the ball-tracking technology at that point in time somehow showed that the ball is missing the stumps. Not even kissing it. We all thought it was a miracle. Did we actually complain as much in that point in time? No, we did not”, said Chopra.
“We took it in the stride because it went out. Now this is something of course in the heat of the moment you are agitated”, he further added.
The 44-year-old went on to explain that even Dean Elgar looked surprised by the third umpire’s decision as even he was leaving for the pavilion.
“You are frustrated because even while looking at the screen, I was bewildered how did it actually miss because it looked like it was crashing onto the stumps. If you were to look at Dean Elgar’s facial expression after he was told he is not out, there was sheepish smile that, “okay, did I just get out of jail” because even I thought it was out. Because it was more in hope and less in belief when he took the DRS”, he stated.
Despite Ravichandran Ashwin failing to take Elgar’s wicket in the 21st over, the Proteas skipper was eventually dismissed in the 30th over to a Jasprit Bumrah delivery.
Keegan Petersen will resume batting for South Africa after helping them reach 101 for two at Stumps on Day 3. The 28-year-old is also nearing his half-century and has already registered 48 runs off 61 balls.
With the series level at 1-1, South Africa need 111 runs to win the deciding Test match. India will be aiming to put in a good bowling performance and turn the tide towards their favour on Day 4.
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