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Saeed Ajmal takes subtle jibe at Team India after Dean Elgar’s DRS escape

By Alan

January 14, 2022

Former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has taken a subtle jibe at Virat Kohli & Co. after South African skipper Dean Elgar survived a DRS scare on Day 3 of the ongoing third Test in Cape Town. At the same time, Ajmal also recalled how the ball-tracking technology had worked in Sachin Tendulkar’s favour during the 2011 50-Over World Cup semi-final.

Ajmal said it would be wrong to blame the technology today when India are on the wrong side as they enjoyed full benefit of it during the 2011 50-over World Cup.

“When the Sachin Tendulkar decision from the 2011 World Cup was overturned on review, I was told that the technology should be trusted & is accurate. Today those same people are saying the technology should not be trusted & is not accurate,” said Ajmal as quoted by Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq.

The offie had trapped Tendulkar plumb in front of the stumps and umpire Ian Gould raised his finger instantly. The decision was reviewed but surprisingly, the ball tracker showed that the ball was not making any contact with the stumps. The Master Blaster then went on to score a match-winning 85 as the Men In Blue qualified for the finals with a 29-run win.

On this occasion, it was Ravichandran Ashwin who was the unlucky one. He did trap Elgar right in front before DRS showed that the ball would have gone above the stumps, much to the delight of the home team and supporters. Nonetheless, the Proteas skipper was caught behind by Rishabh Pant off Jasprit Bumrah just before stumps, with 111 runs still needed in two days and eight wickets in hand. He played a gritty knock of a 96-ball 30 including three boundaries.