Kohli's wicket had no conclusive evidence : Sanjay Bangar

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Kohli's wicket had no conclusive evidence : Sanjay Bangar

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Sanjay Bangar has said Virat Kohli's dismissal came as a big disappointment for the entire team because the review evidence was inconclusive even after it was viewed multiple times. The India coach also said it was unfair to criticise Kohli for a couple of low scores in the ongoing Australia series.

Kohli was given out lbw by the onfield umpire with the bat and pad very close to each other and multiple replays could not undisputedly say that the pad had been hit first. The review was awarded to the visitors much to the annoyance of the India captain. 

"We were all quite disappointed. If there was conclusive evidence it would have been better. Virat was really pumped up. He is a big match, big impact player, wanted to succeed very badly. So it was a normal sort of reaction in the dressing room when he gets out cheaply," Bangar was quoted as saying by TOI.

"This has gone to that extent, but we are new to DRS. the rules have also been tweaked a bit. So whatever it is umpire's call becomes very crucial. We have not really sat down and evaluated but we are learning as we are playing.

"It is for the administrators to decide on what particular technology should be used."

After a brilliant couple of years, this is the first time that Kohli has struggled to put up the numbers for the team.

All in all it is a very hard fought Test match. What lies ahead could be exhilarating

"Virat's batting has been outstanding. So we should not be commenting on one or two failures when he has been so successful. Virat's mindset is that he will learn from failures. This is his greatness. In the coming matches, he will perform well," Bangar added.

Bangar praised Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who had shared an unbeaten 93-run stand at the end of the day's play. He also predicted a close end to the match since the pitch did not have consistent bounce and had a lot to offer for the bowlers.

"We looked into the past of how we performed and what are the areas we have to adapt. After the chat, we came out with solutions. The batsmen really applied themselves, used their feet quite a bit, trying to get to the pitch of the ball and also play on the backfoot. So, they put up definitely their best efforts than what they did in the previous three innings," he said.

"We fought really well over the past two days, overcoming the setback of not scoring enough runs in the first innings. Now we are back in the game and will not let the game run away from us.

"All in all it is a very hard fought Test match. What lies ahead could be exhilarating. It has been a challenging wicket. It has been having variable bounce. The cracks are going to get wider. So, it is going to be a test for both the teams. So, as I said the game hangs very much in balance this moment. If India can put up better show with the bat for the next two sessions we are likely to have our noses ahead."

Bangar also explained the decision to promote Ravindra Jadeja to bat at number five.

"We wanted to have a right-left combination. Jadeja has ability with the bat. We wanted to make Nathan Lyon take away his line of attack because Lyon generally comes round the wicket. He favours more outside the off-stump to right-handers. Just to upset his rhythm we sent him. And if an opportunity was there to go after O'Keefe. That was the plan. But it didn't work out that way."

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