Virat Kohli's unfriendly tryst with DRS continues.
Not just as the fielding captain, it seems Kohli can't get the Decision Review System to work in his favour as a batsman either.
DRS in this Bangalore Test (till Kohli's wicket)India: 5 reviews, 0 successfulAus: 6 reviews, 3 successful#INDvsAUS— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) March 6, 2017
Batting on 15 and looking in fairly good touch, Kohli got a good-length delivery from Josh Hazlewood that kept low and hit him on the pad. Umpire Nigel Llong did not hesitate for one moment in giving it out and Kohli, for his part, hesitated even less to go for the review. It seemed he was sure he hit the ball first before the ball hit the pad.
What followed was a wait that must have felt like an eternity for everyone concerned. About a gazillion replays later, the TV umpire could not find enough evidence for an inside edge and the on-field decision stood -- because the "Umpire's call" was final and the 'benefit of doubt to the batsman' does not apply in this case.
And just like that, for the fourth time this series, Kohli failed to go past 20. And for the second time in the match, used up a review on his way back to the pavilion.
That decision sparked the DRS debate once again. While the umpires did everything by the protocol, one can only wonder if the right decision was taken at the end.
There were those who agreed with how the whole drama played out.
The only thing more enjoyable than watching Virat Kohli get blasted out is seeing him convince himself it was a controversial decision— Adam Spencer (@adambspencer) March 6, 2017
Not sure how Kohli can be disappointed with review. 3rd umpire searched for a reason to overturn longer than some police manhunts #INDvAUS— Roger Oldridge (@roger_oldridge) March 6, 2017
And then there were those who thought Kohli was unfortunate to be given out.
That was unfortunate decision to give out for Virat Kohli and there is saying" Benefit of the doubt should go to batsman "— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 6, 2017
Umpires' call and Kohli is out. Hahaha. India lose a wicket with the bowler not even appealing. Well done, Nigel Long.— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) March 6, 2017
That's absolutely outrageous. Benefit of doubt is supposed to go with the batsman, not with the umpire. Utterly, utterly ridiculous.— Aayush (@slicesofIife) March 6, 2017
That was a deflection off bat to me.. The height of the ball seemed to change— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) March 6, 2017
Big moment in #IndvAus series. The impact at the worst possible angle to judge. Protocol followed but not sure if it was the right decision— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) March 6, 2017
Umpire's call regulations need to be thoroughly revisited, if technology is going to be what we rely on the most, in the future https://t.co/1Q0FRlfzyh— Samyak Sibasish (@SamyakSibasish) March 6, 2017
Either trust the on-field umpire completely, or trust DRS completely. Living in no man's land helps nobody.— Srinivas Bhogle (@bhogle) March 6, 2017
This is a poor poor decision by the third umpire. Can't blame DRS because the evidence couldn't be clearer in the @imVkohli decision. (1/2)— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) March 6, 2017
This "Umpire Calls" for pitching in line or hitting or not on DRS makes no sense. Technology is called in to eliminate all doubt— Yusuf Unjhawala 🇮🇳 (@YusufDFI) March 6, 2017
Fair to say, the only consensus seems to be "agree to disagree."
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