The DRS review of Dean Elgar became a hot topic when it was shown that the ball was going over the stumps. On-field umpire Marais Erasmus could be heard “It is impossible” when he saw the ball tracking on the big screen at the ground. He had no choice other than to overturn his decision and gave it not out to the South African Captain.
Indian players, including Kohli, K L Rahul, and R.Ashwin were fuming at the shock that they just witnessed from the ball-tracking technology. “Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball, not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time” Kohli could be heard at the stump microphone, referring to the 2018 scandal when the host broadcasters caught pictures of Cameron Bancroft trying to shine the side of the ball with sandpaper. The scenario was brought to the notice of the umpires and what followed was a huge uproar in the cricketing nations, especially in Australia.
For any cricketing broadcaster, Virat Kohli is an eye-candy especially for his emotional and in-your-face attitude that garners them a huge rating, not only from the subcontinent fans but from the SENA countries as well. But it appeared that the host broadcaster was not happy with the verbals that Virat directed to them at the Newlands test during the Dean Elgar DRS review incident. During the 1st ODI between India and South Africa at Boland Park, Paarl, it appeared that Kohli was intentionally given less coverage by the broadcaster.
It is also to be noted that Kohli is not the captain anymore in the ODIs which is why the broadcaster may not have given the coverage to Kohli that he normally gets. A leading News Channel seems to agree with the perspective and said that Kohli didn’t appear to be in the good books of the host broadcaster and was given lesser coverage than usual when Kohli was batting. While it could be a co-incident but seeing the stardom and fan-following that Kohli enjoys, broadcasters need a petty reason to focus their cameras on Kohli.