India in South Africa 2013-14 December 12, 2013

India deny pulling up SuperSport


The Indian team management has denied a report that they had pulled up the host broadcaster during the Centurion ODI for showing a clip of Virat Kohli getting injured during the first ODI with a caption that said, "Kohli - softened up". A report in Wisden India on Thursday said, "SuperSport's director was summoned to the Indian changing room during the innings interval and an explanation [was] demanded. His argument for 'editorial relevance' was countered with angry accusations of 'inappropriate behaviour', disrespect, and a suggestion that he 'sticks to the cricket' in future."

An Indian team official said he was not aware of what had happened. An official communication 10 minutes later said, "Once rain stopped play we did meet the producer of SuperSport but it was for discussing something else and not about the clip shown of Virat."

A SuperSport representative confirmed that "discussions" had taken place without going into details. A spokesperson said, "SuperSport is aware that discussions took place between a member of its production staff and members of the Indian touring party at SuperSport Park on 11 December. SuperSport will continue to produce the matches during the current tour to world-class specifications and with regard to editorial context."

During the Wanderers ODI, Kohli was hit in the rib area by a Morne Morkel short ball. While he did not flinch or show pain on the field, he later applied an ice pack on the bruise. The clip being referred to in this incident showed the whole sequence: first his getting hit, then him with an ice pack, and then practising a pull. One of the TV commentators said the clip was shown on the request of the commentary team on air at the time because they were discussing facing fast bowling and coming back from getting hit.

Members of the SuperSport commentary team said they had not been informed of any developments and were not given any instructions.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    the more you try to cover-up, the more you get exposed.

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Current Indian batting line up is entirely new to the conditions in SA. Moreover those who seriously scrutinize the overall performance or individual performances of India need to remember every country have gone through this similar situation away from their home. Moreover if India had a couple of pace bowlers with good line and swing, SA would not have prepared the pitches as it is now. Indian team certainly needs pace attack and BCCI should seriously look into it. Moreover Indian batting should be prepared for every condition, bcoz all the world cup tournaments will not happen in India.

  • Ockert on December 16, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Looks like we all need to calm down a bit!

    To the SA contingency, be a little more hospitable, we are after all the hosts and while the Indian players have struggled to adapt with the tour schedule and weather having really not been helpful, let's not forget the calibre of their players, once they've acclimatised it's going to be a whole new ball game.

    To our Indian friends, if you have been offended by some of the things we have done, I hope some reform in our behaviour will demonstrate our remorse. But if the test wickets are as fast and bouncy as we can make them, it's up to your players to adapt to that. None of the wickets thus far have been unplayable, SA scores attest to that. That your team has suffered hampered preparations due to the reduced schedule for this tour can largely be laid at the feet of the BCCI, whatever their motivation, it was them who had the final say, we would have loved a longer tour.

    Let's hope we all get to enjoy some tough competitive cricket soon.

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Dear SA Fans...Chill Out..India Will Bounce back...Let them enjoy there game. Dont be so biased, we have respect for your nation & your doesnt mean that you keep on commenting once they have failed...

    Dear legfinedeep: We bring ODi worldcups because we have them which you didnt have...

  • Murray on December 15, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    @ Jimmyvida..... I fully expect we'll (Aust) be playing on green seamers in SA in February. Would you make a wicket for Siddle, Harris and Johnson ? They will.

  • Murray on December 15, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    I think Virat Kohli plays fast bowling well. I'm an Aussie, I remember him scoring runs on WACA against a good attack, while new to team, and the only batting glue holding it together. He followed up with a ton in Adelaide... his first ? Of course Steyn, Philander and co bowl really well. Game of millimeters, will as always decide :). Wish both teams well and looking forward to the contest.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    The cost of staying at the top is you are absolutely hated. Everybody wants to be at the top but everybody hates the team at the top. Unfortunately that is the human nature factor - whether you like it or not. Most humans are full of double standards . And BCCI being what it is and with the money and team India being the TOP ODI it gets so much more hyped up and highlighted. The only answer to that is to ignore all criticism and keep producing. This Indian team will get better. This is the first overseas assignment for the kids. Be patient. This young team is here to stay for a very long period at the TOP.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Every Major test nation does well in its own back yard, and struggles in alien land. We do not need to go too far to check this. Australia has gone down 0-3 to India , in India last year. The same Australia is going great guns in its own back yAard against England. The same England beat the Australia in England. This is nothing new, except that people with limited experience (whether watching or playing) expect otherwise. And then there are some pundits, who theorize that only away success is the bench mark for success. Like only a century is a significant score. 94 does not do. Australia, England, SA and West Indies struggle in Subcontinent. All the Subcontinent teams struggle when they tour Australia, England and SA. This is obvious. There are few exceptions here there, that is largely true. But every single time India does poorly in a couple of matches abroad (read Australia,England or SA) the media goes ga ga over the they are tigers are at home....

  • Channan on December 14, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Do you think if India had bowlers like Holding/Walsh/Marshall/Charlie Grigffith or the Rawalpindi man SA would have prepared such a bouncy wicket at the Wanderers. I think ICC should look at the first half hour of SA bowling and make a decision as to whether it is a good test wicket. The same rule should apply to all other countries. Those of us who are old enough will remember Hall and Griffith against Australia. Norman O"neill said that one day somebody will get killed. Today we see helmets etc. This is not something to jeer at. I was an opening batsman in the 1960"s and I know what I am talking about.

  • Muthuvel on December 14, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Everybody in SA setup from players,administrators,fans,journos seem to be intent on showing the visiting Indian team in poor light, its one thing to fight with national spirit but an other to be condescending. In such playing conditions this Indian team is not experienced enough to beat this SA team, Indian fans respect Steyn and Morkel at times even love them, but i am not sure about it anymore. If it was just cricket then this respect would have grown, but this whole CSA-BCCI drama and negativity in this tour leaves a bitter taste, i mean SA and India are friendly nations we are not touring a hostile nation. Cricinfo please post.

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