Kohli slams inconsistent DRS

- AFP, NEW DELHI

Mar 12, 2019-

Skipper Virat Kohli has slammed the decision review system (DRS) as “not consistent” after India had a referral turned down by the TV umpire and went on to lose the fourth ODI to a record Australia chase in Mohali. Ashton Turner hit an unbeaten 43-ball 84 to lead Australia’s 359-run chase on Sunday—their highest ever in ODI cricket—to level the five-match series at 2-2 on Sunday. The final match is in Delhi on Wednesday.

Turner, on 41, was on the receiving end of a caught behind appeal off Yuzvendra Chahal in the 44th over that was turned down by the on-field umpire but reviewed by the home team. Although replays suggested a gap between the ball and the bottom edge of the bat, the “snickometer” showed a spike at the moment the ball passed the bat but the third umpire chose not to overturn the onfield call.

Kohli was not pleased with the decision but accepted his team’s inadequacies against a superior Australia in the post-match presentation. “We were sloppy in the field and should’ve grabbed our chances,” Kohli said of his team’s fielding lapses. “But the DRS call was a bit of surprise for all of us and it’s becoming a more of a talking point every game. It’s just not consistent at all. That was a game-changing moment,” said Kohli.

DRS is used by match officials to check umpires’ decisions, using slow-motion replays, microphones and thermal imaging.

India resisted using the technology for years but finally adopted it in 2016, becoming the last Test nation to do so.

Published: 12-03-2019 10:53

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