India’s inexperience in using the Decision Review System (DRS) was a concern ahead of the Test series against England. The final day’s play gave proof of how the India players need to be aware to effectively use the technology to their advantage.
On Sunday, had Murali Vijay been more alert when Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged leg before to Adil Rashid, the batsman could have got respite from the third umpire.
Replays showed the ball had pitched outside leg stump, but Vijay didn’t ask Pujara to review the decision. It triggered a top-order collapse and India had to endure anxious moments in the fight to draw the Test.
Skipper Virat Kohli admitted India will need to get better at it.
“While batting, one thing I saw was its very important for the non-striker to stay as close as possible to the stumps. From a little wider from the stumps, the line of the ball is never judged, you always feel that the ball is straight but it’s actually pitching outside the line. So that’s what we spoke about. Keep figuring out where it’s pitching and be more aware to help your partner. That might be an important thing in a Test match, in an important situation you might not take the DRS like today with Pujara. Those things can be corrected with DRS, you can only do what is in our control, and that is to be precise and as aware as possible.”
In the entire Test match, India got just one review right. Even more embarrassing was wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha asking for a review of a caught-behind appeal against Alastair Cook on Sunday morning when the ball was not even close to the bat.