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Akash Chopra compares Dean Elgar’s DRS reprieve with Sachin Tendulkar’s escape in 2011 WC semifinal against Pakistan

By Alan

January 14, 2022

Former Indian Test batter Aakash Chopra has said that Dean Elgar’s DRS escape has a striking resemblance to Sachin Tendulkar’s luck in the 2011 World Cup semi-final. Elgar survived a DRS scare on Day 3 of the ongoing third Test in Cape Town after being adjudged lbw by the on-field umpire as the ball tracking showed that the ball was missing the stumps.

While analysing Elgar’s reprieve after technology prolonged his stay at the crease, Aakash Chopra went back in time and spoke about how the same thing had helped Sachin Tendulkar against Saeed Ajmal in the 2011 World Cup semis.

“Two things here. I remember this was 2011, India vs Pakistan, semi-final 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”, said Chopra while speaking on Star Sports.

“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 at that point in time? No, we did not,” the cricket pundit added.

After the decision was made in the batter’s favour, Kohli & Co. were disappointed after which the Test skipper went to the stump-mic and criticised South Africa broadcaster SuperSport.

“Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time”, Kohli was heard saying.

Coming back to the contest, India needs to get eight wickets quickly in order to rewrite history on South African soil. South Africa on the other hand require 111 more runs with two more days left in the game.