After India pulled off a fascinating 75 runs win in the second Test match against Australia at Bengaluru there was so much to catch on and off the field. Apart from the win, what grabbed the attention, was the banter between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Australian skipper Steve Smith on the DRS review. The controversy soon became viral and gained attention in International cricket.
Commenting over the on-field controversy, Australian captain said, I should not have done that. He also said there was a “bit of a brain fade”. However, he said that these banters make the game interesting for both the teams.
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Earlier to Smith’s press conference, Kohli lashed out on the DRS review episode and said, “We observed that and told the match referee and umpires that they have been doing this for last three days and this has to stop.”
He further said, “there is a specific line while you play on field and you must not cross that. I would never do something like that on the field.”
“A sportsperson commits a mistake on the field on the decision he makes. We take the responsibility of the reviews going wrong but we are relieved that we do not approach the dressing room each time to take a review,” Kohli added.
It all began when Steve Smith was dismissed lbw by Umesh Yadav on the final day of the Test match. Smith looked at his dressing room from the field and sought advice to use the team’s last remaining DRS review for himself. That’s when furious Virat Kohli approached the on-field umpire and reported the incident. However, Smith was declared “OUT”.
According to the norms of the game, he can consult the decision with the non-striker and instantly ask the umpire for a DRS. Smith should not have looked for help from the dressing room for help.