India v Australia ODIs - Men's
Kohli frustrated by 'inconsistent' DRS
India skipper believes the review system is increasingly becoming a 'talking point' in the game
Sam Ferris at the PCA Stadium, Mohali
11 March 2019, 02:32 PM AEST
For a second straight match, the Decision Review System has come under fire, this time by India captain Virat Kohli who called it "not consistent at all" following his side's loss to Australia in the fourth ODI in Mohali.
The moment in that led to Kohli's frustration happened in the 44th over of the second innings when rookie batsman Ashton Turner played and missed a delivery from India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was confident Turner had edged the ball and convinced Kohli to call for a review. After the stumping was all clear, the snickometer displayed various spikes throughout the replay of the ball passing the toe of Turner's bat.
The front-on image showed a gap between ball and bat, but when the on-field decision of not out was upheld, Kohli was stunned.
Speaking after the match, the India captain vented his frustration but said his side were not up to the mark in the field all night as the hosts conceded a record 359 runs to lose by six wickets, the biggest run chase ever against India.
"We were sloppy in the field, to be honest, we're not at our best," Kohli said.
"But the DRS call as well, it was a bit of a surprise for all of us.
"It's becoming more of a talking point in every game.
"It's just not consistent at all. That was a game-changer moment as well. That's more of an uncontrollable but the controllables we had to do right and we didn't do that right and the opportunity slipped away and so did the game."
Turner, who was on 41 at the time of the review, was certain he didn't edge Chahal's delivery.
"I know I didn't nick that one that went upstairs but my heart raced a little when I saw it on the big screen," he said.
It's the second time in two matches that technology has been brought into the spotlight after a ball-tracking error in Ranchi could have had a serious outcome in the match.
Australia captain Aaron Finch was on 93 when he was trapped by India's left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Finch called for a review which showed Kuldeep's delivery pitching on middle stump but when ball-tracking technology was called on to judge the predicted path of the ball, the computer graphic had the ball pitching on the line of leg stump and hitting leg stump.
The on-field call was upheld and Australia lost their sole review.
While it looked like Finch was in trouble from the replay, had the ball-tracking technology deemed the ball to be pitching on middle stump the delivery might have only clipped leg stump and resulted in an Umpire’s Call, which would have seen Australia retain their review.
Australia had more luck with the DRS in their bowling innings of that match when a successful review sent India opener Rohit Sharma on his way for 14, out lbw to Pat Cummins.
When asked whether he still had faith in the technology, Finch said overall the DRS is a "pretty good system".
"It's one of those things, technology isn't right all of the time, is it?" Finch said on Saturday.
"Your phone sometimes runs out of service.
"It's there for the absolute howler of a decision and mine certainly wasn't by any stretch.
"It is good. It's like the lbw of Rohit Sharma – did it hit his bat first or pad first?
"They're the ones you use it for to hopefully go your way and it did last night."
Qantas Tour of India
First T20: Australia won by three wickets
Second T20: Australia won by seven wickets
First ODI: India won by six wickets
Second ODI: India won by eight runs
Third ODI: Australia won by 32 runs
Fourth ODI: Australia won by four wickets
Fifth ODI: March 13, Delhi