Twitterati slam KL Rahul for wasting a review against Afghanistan

He reviewed despite being hit in the line of the stumps which irked the Indian fans.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

While the Decision Review System (DRS) has emerged as a boon in international cricket, wise utilization of the feature is an absolute must when it comes to extracting the best results out of it in a match. The Indian batsman KL Rahul made an error of judgement while using it against Afghanistan in Tuesday’s match and as a result, was severely bashed by the Twitterati for his mistake.

Playing at the Dubai International Stadium, India faced Afghanistan and the match turned out to be an absolute nail-biter. Having put up a decent score of 252 runs on the board in the first innings, Afghanistan were stellar with the ball as they managed to bind India in a tie with a ball to spare in the game. The match also marked MS Dhoni’s 200th ODI as captain.

Rahul takes an erroneous decision

Opening the batting for India, KL Rahul played according to the call of the situation, composed and calm interspersed with stylish boundaries. As his opening partnership with Ambati Rayudu flourished, the Indian fans would’ve hoped for a swift victory. However, Rayudu was dismissed in the 18th over by Mohammad Nabi and soon after, followed the debacle by Rahul.

Facing Rashid Khan, Rahul was given out LBW off the third ball of the 21st over and after a long chat with his partner Dinesh Karthik, he opted to go for a review. The dismissal being a plumb out, Rahul had to walk back almost immediately as the DRS showed three reds on the screen.

The real repercussion of this wasted review came back to haunt India later as Dinesh Karthik was wrongly given out LBW when the ball was actually going down the leg side. India, being out of reviews, were unable to challenge the decision and Karthik had to make the long walk back to the pavilion. Even the captain Dhoni was wrongly adjudged leg before from where Afghanistan started to take the control of the game.

Twitterati wasn’t impressed with Rahul for utilising the review unnecessarily and lashed out at him over the same.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to it:

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