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When India and Australia face off in any format, the focus remains on India’s batting icon and captain, Virat Kohli. Kohli now has made such a daunting reputation of himself that whenever he takes strides against the Kangaroos, people expect him to score and score big. The last couple of Tests, however, have seen a dip in form from the batting star as he has returned with an array of underwhelming scores.
In the second innings at Bangalore, just when Kohli was looking well set and in nick, he was given out under controversial circumstances by the umpire. The DRS call too remained tight but the original decision was upheld and he was soon given the marching orders. Having felt that the edged the ball first, Kohli was visibly upset after being adjudged LBW. He seemed visibly upset and his gestures seconded the same.
Post the third day’s play, India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar backed the side’s captain and explained his own version of the dismissal. “Obviously Virat was really pumped up,” Bangar said. “He’s a big-match player, big impact player and he wanted to succeed very badly this innings. “It was a very normal reaction from a batsman in the dressing room when he gets out cheaply.”
Bangar went on to state that with the matter being so inconclusive, it was now the job of the match referee to look deep into the matter. “We were all a bit surprised by the call which eventually the third umpire did. “In terms of, was there conclusive evidence or not conclusive evidence that is something that definitely the match referee would look at and then have a chat about it,” said Bangar.
“We’re new to DRS and the rules have also been tweaked a bit,” Bangar added. “The umpire’s call becomes crucial. “We haven’t sat down and evaluated it. It is new to us and we are learning. “Every game with DRS we are on the learning curve.”