Virat Kohli : There is no rocket science in DRS

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Virat Kohli : There is no rocket science in DRS

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Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has insisted that there is no rocket science involved in using the DRS which will be employed in the upcoming India-England Test series. The 28-year-old has also downplayed English skipper Alastair Cook’s comment that the visitors are the underdogs in the series.

After opposing the DRS for a long time, the BCCI has, finally, given the green lights to the use of DRS. Ahead of the first Test, Kohli believes that the system is fairly easy to use and that they would not need a ‘course’ to understand its functionality.

"Well there is no rocket science on DRS. As a cricketer you understand, you have a fair idea of where the ball has hit the pad, whether it has pitched in line or hit in line. Those are pretty basic things in cricket. You don't have to necessarily go through a course for DRS.

"I think we have observed enough watching on TV how DRS is used. It really depends on what the bowler and a wicketkeeper, most importantly, think about the particular event or if a referral has to be made. It is pretty simple. It's nothing that we are focusing too much on. It just gives you another opportunity to check on a decision if you feel is not right. And I think that's pretty fair," Kohli said ahead of the first Test.

England skipper Alastair Cook and pacer Stuart Broad have labeled India as the favorites for the series, however, Kohli believes it is just a ‘tactic’ by the visitors to catch them unaware.

"I think some team might want to play it low at the start of the series and then surprise the opponent, but we are quite aware of those things. We have experienced those sorts of tactics in the past.

"But at the same time we don't want to get too ahead of ourselves. We understand what we need to do, so we are not going to get swayed away or carried away by the praise or adulation; at the same time, criticism as well. If it's constructive criticism from the team management or from the people we observe the game very well, it's always welcome. But we never get carried away by praise.

"That's why we have been able to perform consistently and that's our only goal, to keep improving as a side and keep winning games of cricket. Nothing changes for us," Kohli said.

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