Galle: Indian Test captain Virat Kohli on Saturday made it clear that the issue regarding the use of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) needs to be deliberated after the end of the ongoing three-Test series against Sri Lanka.
India lost the first Test from a winning position, getting bowled out for 112 in the fourth innings to go down by 63 runs. The debate about India not using DRS again started after Man of the Match Dinesh Chandimal, batting on 5, was adjudged not out off a bat-pad catch off R. Ashwin’s bowling by umpire Nigel Llong. The replays however showed a thick inside edge onto pads before being snapped by KL Rahul at forward short leg. Chandimal’s 162 proved to be a game-changer.
In fact Kohli was honest enough to admit that there is no point debating on DRS when they have not batted well. “We are not using it in this series. It is not an issue that I would want to debate on at the moment. Once the series is over, we will sit down and think how important is it and how much do we want to use it,” Kohli made his point clear at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“We only have ourselves to blame for the way we played at the moment. Don’t want get into the debate of DRS or some other issues in this particular game. I think we should stick to how badly we played today,” the skipper was brutal in his assessment about the harakiri created by his batsmen on the fourth morning. Kohli refused to make excuses. “We did not counter what was being thrown at us. We should have been more smart with how we play the spinners. We were tentative,” he said....