Virat Kohli said the Decision Review System was a bit of a surprise after Australia gunned down 359 in Mohali against in the fourth ODI to complete a record chase. Kohli also rued India’s sloppy work on the field as Australia drew level in 2-2 in the five-match series.
India and Australia will now play out a decider in Delhi on Wednesday but there were several chances for the Indians to clinch the series in Mohali after Shikhar Dhawan (143) and Rohit Sharma (95) helped India post 358 for 9,
“The DRS call (in the 44th over against Ashton Turner) was a bit of surprise for all of us and it’s becoming more of a talking point every game. It’s just not consistent at all, that was a game-changing moment,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Here is how our commentary described the DRS call in the fourth ball of the 44th over.
“NOT OUT! The batsman has his feet grounded and there is no edge too. Both the teams have now do have a review left. Turner moves away and Chahal fires it outside off. Turner swings but seems to have missed it. Pant collects it and whips the bails off. He is also appealing for the catch. First the square leg umpire takes it upstairs but then Pant wants it to be reviewed for a caught behind. Kohli does so. Replays roll in and they first show that Turner’s back foot is in. Ultra Edge later on does show some spike but that is even before the ball passes the bat. Also, there is day light between bat and ball and hence, it is ruled in the favour of the batsman. It is also a wide.”
However, Virat Kohli was also critical of India’s fielding in Mohali which left much to be desired. Rishabh Pant’s poor gloverwork prompted the crowd to chant Dhoni, Dhoni.
“It became too wet to bowl, it was very difficult to bowl in the right areas. We were sloppy in the field and should’ve grabbed our chances,” said Kohli who felt Pant’s missed stumping chances were crucial.
Kohli said it was difficult to bowl with the dew settling in but credited the Australian batsmen for a spectacular show.
“It was very difficult to bowl in the end, guys tried their best but Ashton (Turner) played one hell of a knock, Handscomb and Khawaja played well too but Ashton’s innings was the game-changer,” he said.