Jasprit Bumrah admits Team India was a little surprised by on-field umpire’s verdict on Virat Kohli
Bumrah also said the way Kohli batted gave the team a lot of confidence.
Published - Dec 17, 2018 8:51 am | Updated - Dec 17, 2018 8:51 am
The third day of the ongoing Perth Test match between India and Australia ended with the hosts taking a healthy lead of 175 runs and thus, sitting in a pretty comfortable position. After ending day two really well, Virat Kohli’s team was not able to capitalize and suffered a sudden collapse in the first session of the third day giving Aussies a chance to come back into the game.
However, the talk of the town was the dismissal of skipper Kohli which turned the course of the game. It triggered a controversy after Peter Handscomb took the catch at second slip off Pat Cummins‘ bowling and claimed it, the on-field umpires moved upstairs to the third umpire with a soft signal of out. Meaning only conclusive evidence that Handscomb had grassed it could overturn the decision.
However, no conclusive evidence was found to overturn the on-field decision which led to Indian captain leaving the field unhappy at after a superb inning of 123. The Delhi-born batsman scored his 25th Test ton while taking his team closer to opponent’s total leaving a 43 runs deficit in first innings. Indian lower order surrendered to the Aussie bowlers losing last six wickets for just 60 runs with off-spinner Nathan Lyon picking a fifer.
Meanwhile, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah said that the team was surprised by the decision of on-field umpires which led to Kohli’s dismissal. However, he informed that the team has moved on and is concentrating on restricting Australia to a low score in the second innings. The right-hand pacer was impressed by the way skipper led from the front and termed his knock as inspiring.
We were surprised
“We were a little surprised by the on-field call but now that it’s been done means it’s been done. We will move forward with the game. That’s about it,” the 25-year-old said while talking to reporters at Perth about the controversial decision.
“Tomorrow the first session will be important. We want to take early wickets, so it will restrict the total to as less as possible and that will help us to chase it in the fourth innings. In my eyes, our team is capable of chasing any total but we will try to minimize as much as possible,” he further added.
The team was in a state of bother at the start of the day but the way Kohli went about business didn’t just instil confidence but also took them forward in the game.
“Obviously, we were in a bit of bother at the start (of the day), and then the way he played, the way he carried his whole innings was infectious. He has been doing all the time and he is an inspiring leader. He leads from the front. So, it’s a good thing for the team and hopefully, he will keep doing it in future as well,” Bumrah said of Kohli.
Batting in the fourth innings would not be easy on the track that is offering all sorts of help to the bowlers and if India needs to win the match then they have to restrict Tim Paine and company to a total under 250.
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