All you need to know about Kohli Slams Decision Review System and other accounts when the DRS gave flummoxed decisions.
As Turner was slowly beginning to take on India’s bowlers, the 44th over brought with it opportunity to see the back of the batsman who ultimately won the match for Australia. India appealed for an edge off a delivery from Chahal to the wicket-keeper Pant. Despite replays showing a spike as the ball passed Turner’s bat and there being clear contact with the ball as well, third umpire Wilson stayed with the on-field umpire’s call, adjudging the delivery to be wide.
It turned out to be a match-deciding decision, one that left the Indian team stunned as the giant screen read not out. Expressing his displeasure at yet another contentious decision by the Decision Review System, Indian captain Virat Kohli didn’t hold back once the match was over.
Kohli slams Decision Review System DRS:
Kohli who was visibly upset after the call was taken by the third umpire in spite of conducive evidence and was seen remonstrating with the umpire said, “DRS call was a surprise, to be honest. It’s just not consistent at all and becoming a talking point in every game.”
“But yeah, that’s more of an uncontrollable, but the controllable we had to do right, and we didn’t do it right, and the opportunity slipped away, Kohli added on alluding that the DRS wasn’t the reason though that India lost the match.”
The DRS which sees either side is offered one appeal each during both their innings is used by match officials to check umpires’ decisions, using replays, thermal imaging, ball tracking and noise picked up from the pitch. Despite having served extremely competently ever since its implantation, the system has in recent times given some flummoxed decisions, one that gives rise to a huge topic right ahead of the world cup.
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∙ In just the preceding match, Finch was given out after ball tracking completely shut down, showing the ball to pitch at a totally different place than was bowled by Yadav.
Finch was trapped leg before on 93 and the umpire raised his finger with Australia opting for their only review which showed Yadav’s delivery pitching on middle stump but ball-tracking technology then showed the ball pitching on the line of leg stump and hitting leg stump. It brought an end to Australia’s 190 run opening stand, giving India its first wicket of the match but to Australia’s rescue didn’t spoil the result of the match for them.
∙ In the second T20 between New Zealand and India earlier in January, Mitchell who was adjudged to be given LBW by the on-field umpire saw the decision stick despite the DRS telling a different story. It left New Zealand struggling at 43-3, losing their top order cheaply and seeing India go onto win the match.
“Flat line, flat line…there doesn’t appear to be any spike as the ball goes past the bat. Spike as it hits the pad. Satisfied there’s no bat involved. Move to ball tracking when ready please,” said the TV umpire despite a previous technology showing a huge mark on the bat as the ball passed it. There was an edge on it, as clear as daylight and despite RTS failing to pick it up, the third umpire’s clouded judgement robbed New Zealand of a wicket.
∙ The Indian Premier League which has been besmirched by its fair share of bad umpiring decisions has seen the DRS fail to come to its rescue. Calamitous showing by the system has continued the review system having its detractors with IPL 2017 filled with such fiascos.
In the RCB vs KXIP match in IPL 10, Jadhav was given out for an LBW despite it being apparent that the ball had hardly bounced. Even the replays suggested otherwise but Jadhav was sent back to the pavilion by the third umpire.