India vs Australia: Virat Kohli has all the reasons to be frustrated with the DRS

Virat Kohli's leg before decision, despite the review, wasn't conclusive and it had the India skipper displeased.

Written by Tanuj Lakhina | Updated: March 6, 2017 5:50 pm
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Virat Kohli hasn’t had the best of time with the bat in this short series against Australia. He’s had little time to stay in the middle with the willow. And that stint was short in the second innings of the Bangalore Test too. But this time it wasn’t the poor decision making of letting go of a Steve O’Keefe delivery to have the stumps taken as in the first Test or an equally bizarre call to not offer a stroke to a Nathan Lyon delivery that would have him caught leg-before. The decision this time lay in the on-field umpire and then the TV umpire’s hands that saw his exit from the crease.

On the third day of the second Test, as Josh Hazlewood ran straight in the 35th over, he caught Kohli leg-before or that’s what the Australian fielders thought with their appeal with the ball staying low.

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As the ball stayed low, Australia appealed for a lbw and it was given out immediately and Kohli responded by taking the review without considering with his partner. He looked extremely confident with his decision. Replays go on to highlight that it is not an easy decision for TV umpire Richard Kettleborough to make. The bottom part of the bat is close to the bat when the ball hits the pad. Ultra Edge suggests the impact is at the same time – bat and pad at the very same time.

Kettleborough wasn’t 100 per cent certain either as he tells the on-field umpire, “There is no conclusive evidence to confirm it’s bat first,” he said. With that, Hawk Eye comes into the picture. The decision sticks with the impact in line, ball going on to hit the stumps marginally and the call from the ground said out and that’s what it remained. And with that, Kohli’s fate was sealed despite the third umpire not being certain that it was pad first.

The call did create some confusion over DRS and many weren’t pleased.

Kohli’s frustration was clearly visible as he walked back and you can’t help but feel sorry for the Indian skipper and bring in to question the technology. One can wonder what is the point of using technology, which is there to negate human errors, and then turning to the human decision when there is uncertainty.

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  1. Ashish Biswas
    Mar 6, 2017 at 5:51 pm
    The DRS system may not be totally inconclusive but whatever indication was available it was clear that the ball hit the pad first and LBW decision was more correct than a not out.
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      hyder Ali
      Mar 7, 2017 at 1:00 am
      "naach na aaye tu angan teda"lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When India wins, no one talks about any issues with pitch or DRS system. All you whiny Indian cry babies, stop whining. Kohli is a great batsman and everyone goes thru ups and downs. No system is going to be 100% perfect and there will always be room for error in judgement but it plays out equally to everyone. One also has to respect the value umpires are given in Cricket, umpires decision is the final decision, Period!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We have great composition in our team and they have been performing well past year against lower ranked teams. They are now facing one of the toughest compeive teams and let them deal with the defeat head on. 4 tests means 20 full days, of about 90 overs on each day. The winner will prevail.
      1. P
        Mar 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm
        Kohli looks to be OUT in the present case, but in case of a doubtful case, the benefit of doubt invariably goes to the batsman. That's a rule.
        1. R
          Mar 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm
          This series has shown a depressing sign of umpires reverting to the way they gave decisions in the 90s and the first decade of this century - when in doubt, give the decision in favour of Australia. The Kohli dismissal just highlights that. There are atleast a dozen close decisions and all in favour of Australia in this series. There is a clear case for an investigation if the series has been fixed with instructions to umpires to call in favour of australia.
          1. S
            Mar 6, 2017 at 10:18 pm
            haven't you been told not to drink the bong water
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