Virat Kohli has given his thumbs up to the Decision Review System (DRS), describing it as a ‘fair’ system to know that the correct decision has been reached. The Indian Test captain has also welcomed the recall of Parthiv Patel into the Test side and lauded his attitude.
Slow to embrace the DRS, the BCCI decided to use it on a trial basis in the ongoing series against England, and two Tests into the five-match series, Kohli has given a positive verdict, although he stated that it was too early to analyse how well India have used it.
“I am pretty happy with it (DRS). It just confirms the decision that’s been made on the field. And if you want to challenge the umpire, it’s not just you telling him that he could have made a different decision, you have the option of checking it again and figure out if it is wrong or right,” Kohli told a news conference. “I think it is pretty fair for the game. I think it is just one way to make sure that everyone knows the correct decision has been made or not.
“I think we need to have a bit more patience with that particular aspect. Us as a team has only played two Test matches with DRS. And I can’t analyse the progress in the span of eight days. It’s not something that’s going to drastically change, something that’s going to keep going on in one direction. We will analyse over a period of 12 months as to how we have used it,” he added.
Speaking ahead of the third Test against England in Mohali starting on Saturday (Nov 26), Kohli said it was a challenge to keep the side’s good run of form going, but the team has lived up to it.
“It’s a challenge to repeat the same things the team has been doing for a while but I think that is what professional cricketers are picked to do. That’s something that we take as a responsibility and not as a burden,” he said.
“We need to make sure we put all things in place for us to give ourselves the best chance of going out there and winning a Test match. That’s all we have done in the past couple of years and the results have been nice.
“So we need to be aware of how we prepare and things that need to be in place for us to be ready for every game we play and the team has been quite aware of that and this Test is going to be no different. The challenge is a tough one and all of them have lived up to it so far and it is really good to see as a captain.”
India will see a change behind the stumps in Mohali with Patel replacing injured Wriddhiman Saha. Kohli praised the attitude of the diminutive wicket-keeper who was recalled into the Test side after a gap of eight years.
“Luckily Parthiv’s attitude has been great. I don’t see any nerves. He’s played enough cricket to understand this kind of position and situation. He’s a guy who has experience at the Test level,” the skipper said.
“So we are pretty excited to have him back, although we won’t have thought about Saha getting injured at this stage. It’s part of the game. Parthiv understands the situation he’s in. I’m pretty glad he respects that and he’s still looking forward to the opportunity and try to make a mark.”