In a sharp departure from the stance taken by the team management and the Board of Control for Cricket in India BCCI earlier India’s Test captain Virat Kohli on Thursday indicated using the Decision Review System DRS in the future.
quot;We will certainly look to probably introduce it DRS in futurequot; Kohli said on the eve of the second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens here.
Kohli divulged there have been quot;meetings and discussionsquot; about it and DRS is something they quot;definitely want to think aboutquot;.
quot;Those are the things I can’t say yes or no to sitting herequot; Kohli said about DRS which the BCCI has strongly objected to – the only board to take such a position – in the past arguing it is not quot;foolproofquot;.
Kohli’s predecessor as Test captain M S Dhoni who now leads the team in the limited-over formats has also consistently opposed DRS by extending the same logic.
quot;But these are the things we have discussed. These are things we have had meetings on. Because there were some areas that we felt can be debated. Especially ball-tracking and HawkEye. But all in all obviously when you feel that – I personally feel these things can be discussed and debated onquot; said Kohli.
BCCI President Anurag Thakur said last month that India was ready to accept DRS but without HawkEye.
In the past India has often been victim of umpiring decisions which could have been easily rectified had the DRS been used in those games.
In fact Kiwi captain Kane Williamson nicked a caught behind in the first innings of the first Test at Kanpur which was not given.
Asked about it Kohli said: quot;We wouldn’t take wrong umpiring decisions too hard because we in the first place decided we would not use DRS. For us to then say that the umpires made an error and it is going against us it is not logical. There is no room for excuses.quot;
Virtually batting for DRS which is now used in all Test matches not featuring India and International Cricket Council ICC tournaments Kohli said grey areas could be sorted out once DRS was in place.
quot;Once DRS is in place then you can sit and think what are the grey areas. As I said these things have been spoken about. We want to definitely think about it. But I can’t make a decision sitting here right now. It’s something we have had discussions on.quot;
Speaking about the second Test match starting on Friday at the Eden Gardens Kohli hoped the pitch would be good to bat on.
quot;We have got all the bases covered as far as our team is concerned. It looks like a normal wicket like we expect at the Eden Gardens. The surface looks nice. It should be a good wicket to bat onquot; Kohli said.
Asked if off-spinner Jayant Yadav has been drafted only as a cover for sick pacer Ishant Sharma Kohli said quot;Jayant is not there as cover. Ishant would have started if he was fit. We already have three quicks. We don’t feel we need any more. There are five left handers in their batting line-up so adding another off spinner was the whole idea.quot;
The Indian team has the habit of practicing batting with rubber balls. Kohli paid special attention to the pull shot which got him out in the first test at Kanpur at practice on Wednesday.nbsp;
Quizzed about it he said quot;It was because we play three formats. We sometimes tend to go with the flow. So it’s important to work on your skills that bring in stability to your game. It’s just about repeating those things. It’s about controlling the ball that’s bouncing and not coming at pace.quot;