Since MS Dhoni’s exit, the Indian team’s record hasn’t been great when it comes to DRS. Virat Kohli and his men are one of the worst performing teams when it comes to taking a review. Needless to mention, the cricket fraternity wasn’t impressed with Team India’s incorrect calls. Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar was also among many to criticize Virat Kohli’s men.
One recent incident that made the cricket fraternity furious happened on Day 2 of the second test at Lord’s.
On Day 2 of the contest, the Indian team lost not one but two of their three reviews in quick succession. Coincidentally, both times Mohammed Siraj trapped England captain Joe Root on the pads and persuaded Virat Kohli to go upstairs after not getting a response in his favor from the umpire.
Interestingly, on the second occasion, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was seen stopping Kohli from taking the review. However, the Indian skipper was optimistic and he took the referral only to see the ball missing the stumps. Hence, visitors lost two of the valuable reviews in the first 20 overs.
Wicketkeeper should decide whether it’s worth going for a DRS: Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar believes that the wicket-keeper should have the onus to take DRS calls. The batting legend put forward his opinion on Sony Sports Network.
“I believe only the wicketkeeper should decide whether it’s worth going for a DRS, because every bowler thinks the batsman is out. Similarly, a batsman when given out LBW thinks he might be not out. The first one was a bit close, but on the second appeal, Rishabh Pant was constantly saying ‘don’t take it, don’t take it,’ but at the last second, Kohli reviewed,” he said.
Team India has kept England on their toes in the ongoing second Test at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium. After posting a challenging total of 364 runs, the visitors bundled the Three Lions out for 391 runs. Although Joe Root’s men have gained a 27-run lead, they will have to bat last in this contest. Hence, the game is perfectly poised after the first three days and it would be interesting to see how the remaining battle unfolds.