Test skipper Virat Kohli has strongly hinted that India may finally be ready for the DRS to be implemented in its Test matches. Kohli's softened stance comes after ex-captain MS Dhoni's strong opposition and after India has been at the receiving end of many bad umpiring decisions without the DRS.
Indian players and the BCCI have been against the implementation of the Decision Review System (DRS) ever since it was mooted years ago. After years of opposition, skipper Virat Kohli has finally batted for its introduction. On the eve of the second Test in Kolkata, Virat said that India will need to think about the system.
He said, "Those are the things I can't say yes or no to while sitting here. 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 the ball-tracking and HawkEye. But, all in all, obviously when you feel that - I personally feel these things can be discussed and debated on,” reported espncricinfo.
Kohli has been at the receiving end of multiple decision going against India after taking over at the helm – in India's tour of Sri Lanka, the visitors were unlucky to have umpiring decisions go against them at very early stages for both Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne before the two put up an unlikely comeback.
He said, “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. Once DRS is in place, once DRS is up and running for us as well, 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."
After Virat's support to the system, it would be interesting to see how the BCCI takes things forward.