Mohali, Mar 11 : India skipper Virat Kohli expressed his displeasure with the Decision Review System (DRS) after India losing the fourth ODI against Australia here at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium.
He said that the call against Ashton Turner was a surprise and that the system is not consistent at all. On Sunday, speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli said, "The DRS call was a bit of surprise for all of us and it’s becoming a more of a talking point every game. It’s just not consistent at all, that was a game-changing moment. The opportunities slipped away and so did the game.”
Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the 44th over of the Australian innings pitched the ball outside the off stump, Ashton Turner, who was adjudged Man of the Match, chased it and missed. Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant had whipped the bails off and the third umpire was first referred to for a stumping appeal, while the India wicket-keeper also persuaded Kohli to take the DRS, thinking that there was an edge.
The appeal for stumping was turned down and Turner went on to play a match-winning knock of 84 off 43 balls, helping Australia to pull off their record run chase in the ODI.
Despite his disappointment with the DRS, Kohli did admit that Pant’s missed stumping that gave Turner a chance in the same over was another crucial moment of the game. “It became too wet to bowl, it was very difficult to bowl in the right areas. Crucial (about the stumping chance), we were sloppy in the field and should’ve grabbed our chances,” Kohli said.
The skipper termed Ashton's innings a game-changer. Talking about the decider, the 30-year-old captain said, “The decider is going to be cracker of a game. We’ve had two eye-openers in two games. We can’t take anything for granted. We have to work hard." “This loss is definitely going to hurt and hurt the right way. We got to come up with more intensity and passion in the next game to try and win the series,” the skipper added.
With the virtue of this win, the visitors tied the series at 2-2 with decider to be played at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. UNI