Dubai: Indian opener KL Rahul, who took an unsuccessful Decision Review System (DRS) against Afghanistan in the final Super Four fixture of the ongoing Asia Cup, felt that he should not have taken that review.
Rahul (60 off 66 balls) went for the DRS after he was given out LBW in the 21st over. The opener, who looked to go for the reverse sweep against Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, missed the ball completely.
The DRS showed that the Indian team lost their review as the decision stayed out.
“It's very tricky when you have just one review with you. Obviously, looking back at it, I felt like I shouldn't have taken the review but at that time, in the middle, I felt like maybe I was struck outside and I wanted to take that chance," Rahul said at the post-match press conference.
"Sometimes you can sit back here and review the review you took. We learn with it. The shot I played, the review that I took, I'll have to go back and maybe if it happens again I'll be in a better position to know. I don't think we crumbled. When the ball starts slowing and spinning like that, it is hard for middle order batsmen to come in and get the runs going. I think DK (Dinesh Karthik) played really well and in the end, Jadeja and Deepak put up a decent fight," he added.
Meanwhile, had Rahul not used the DRS for his dismissal, MS Dhoni could have opted for the same as TV replays showed that the ball was missing the leg stump. Dhoni was struck leg before wicket for eight runs by Javed Ahmadi.
However, Twitterati did not seem happy despite Rahul admitting his mistake.
KL Rahul was also famous for wasting reviews in recent Test Series Against England— Dharmesh (@Mumbaiikar) September 25, 2018
— Abhishek Kumar (@Alwaysheru) September 25, 2018
👉No Sound On Ultra Edge— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 25, 2018
👉Was Missing The Stumps
If KL Rahul Wouldn't Have Wasted That Review, MS Dhoni Would've Been Notout And Still On The Crease. #INDvsAFG #INDvAFG #AFGvIND #AFGvsIND pic.twitter.com/wkDetLtHco
KL Rahul used the review when India was in a commanding position and he didn't seem confident. So considering the match situation even if he didn't use his review India were in a good position. But once the review is wasted then you lose the right to criticize the umpire.— Apurv Danke (@apurvdanke) September 26, 2018
India have already booked their place in the finals of the tournament, while Afghanistan were eliminated after losing their last match against Bangladesh.
The Men in Blue will face either Pakistan or Bangladesh in the final of the Asia Cup on September 28....