England vs India: Sunil Gavaskar not happy with Team India’s DRS calls, wants wicket-keeper to take review decisions
On Day 2, Team India lost not one but two of their three reviews in quick succession.
Updated - Aug 15, 2021 10:33 am
Team India has kept England on their toes in the ongoing second Test at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium. After posting a challenging total of 364 runs, the visitors bundled the Three Lions out for 391 runs. Although Joe Root’s men have gained a 27-run lead, they will have to bat last in this contest. Hence, the game is perfectly poised after the first three days and it would be interesting to see how the remaining battle unfolds.
While Virat Kohli’s men did most of the things right in the ongoing Lord’s Test, they were not at all impressive with their DRS calls. On Day 2 of the contest, the visitors lost not one but two of their three reviews in quick succession. Interestingly, both times Mohammed Siraj trapped England captain Joe Root on the pads and persuaded Virat Kohli to go upstairs after not getting any positive response from the umpire.
Notably, on the second occasion, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was seen stopping Kohli from taking the review. However, the Indian skipper was optimistic and he took the referral only to see the ball missing the stumps. Needless to mention, the cricket fraternity wasn’t impressed with Team India’s incorrect calls. Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar was also among many to criticize Virat Kohli’s men.
Speaking about the episode, Gavaskar reckoned that the wicket-keeper should have the onus to take DRS calls.
Every bowler thinks the batsman is out: Sunil Gavaskar
“I believe only the wicketkeeper should decide whether it’s worth going for a DRS, because every bowler thinks the batsman is out. Similarly, a batsman when given out LBW thinks he might be not out. The first one was a bit close, but on the second appeal, Rishabh Pant was constantly saying ‘don’t take it, don’t take it,’ but at the last second, Kohli reviewed,” Gavaskar said on Sony Sports Network.
Meanwhile, the ongoing Test is going nowhere and fans must brace themselves to witness some exciting action in the remaining two days. Notably, the first Test of the series resulted in a draw. Hence, the winner of this contest would put the first points on the board.