Indian skipper Virat Kohli, on Tuesday in the post match presentation, blamed the match officials for the DRS confusion in the third and final T20 International against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Kohli was denied a review against Australia’s opening batsman Matthew Wade by the on-field umpires during Australia’s innings.
In the virtual press conference, Virat Kohli explained why he wasn’t allowed to take the review.
“Yaa that LBW review was strange because we were still discussing whether the ball was going down or not and within 15 seconds the replay was on screen,” Kohli said during a virtual press conference.
“And we decided to go for the review but the umpire said nothing can be done. These mistakes shouldn’t be done at the highest level and in a very important game this could be very costly,” he added.
Matthew Wade was the highest run scorer for the Australian side with 80 as they posted 186 for 5 before restricting India to 174 for 7 to win the dead-rubber match by 12 runs.
The incident happened in the 11th over of the Australian innings when a delivery from left-arm seamer T Natarajan struck Wade on the front pad. The on-field umpire said not-out and that’s when the confusion ensued.
Kohli, who was fielding at long-on, took the review which was initially accepted before being denied by the umpires.
Reason Behind Denying Review
It was because India took the review only after the replay of the delivery was shown on the big screen.
Matthew Wade was also heard saying, “They have referred it? It was shown on the big screen.”
Indian skipper Virat Kohli in a great confusion walked up to the umpires and had a discussion before heading back to his fielding position in a very unconvincing way.
Replay Was Played Before The End of 15 Seconds?
It is still not clear if the replay on the big screen was played before the end of 15 seconds or after the 15 seconds.
Had the umpires not deemed India’s review null and void, Matthew Wade would have been forced to depart as the Ball Tracker showed three reds on the screen.