#IndVsNZ: Captain Kohli warms up to DRS, but conditions apply
DRS issue for Indian team
#IndVsNZ: Captain Kohli warms up to DRS, but conditions apply :- DRS has always been an issue that inevitably pops up every time India is involved in a Test series either home or away. And while most the Indian players are reticent to further divulge too much on it, captain Virat Kohli chose to be candid about his personal views on this umpires’ review system. Moreover, he has also dropped a hint that India could start using the technology sometime in the future.
“We definitely need to think about it. But I can’t make a decision sitting here right now. It’s a good point. We have had discussions on this. Certainly we will look to introduce it in the future,” Kohli said.
For long now, India has been the only country with a strong apathy towards DRS and has also declined the use of the review technology, which is otherwise part of every Test series not involving them. But on some of the occasions in recent memory, matches have which has involved India have seen contentious decisions playing the crucial roles in changing the momentum of the contest.
In the recently concluded Test tour to the West Indies, Rohit Sharma had been given out leg before off a thick inside-edge in the second innings of the third Test which held in St Lucia. India won the match so the ‘human error’ did not become an issue.
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Moreover, at Green Park also, Indian bowlers have rallied brilliantly in order to secure a 197-run victory.
But there have been some doubtful calls made by the umpires that have turned entire Test matches around on occasions. At the Adelaide Oval, in Kohli’s Test captaincy debut, DRS could have saved Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane. India had eventually lost the match by 48 runs.
But Kohli is not ready to use them as excuses for the losses, and felt that the Indians should just accept them as part of the deal.
Whereas, his predecessor, MS Dhoni has been a longstanding critic of DRS and has come up with various explanations to further defend his strong opinion.
Kohli has offered a more rounded view. “There are some areas (that) could be discussed or debated on; especially ball-tracking and Hawk-Eye. Once it is in place, and up and running, then we can think of the grey areas,” he said, adding: “We have had meetings about it.”
However, for now it looks like the Indian team will have to be content while accepting the umpire’s call on the field regardless of whether they agree with it or not.