Only about two days back, Indian fans were delighted as Virat Kohli’s stern decision to take a review, despite the bowler suggesting not to, turned into Jasprit Bumrah’s maiden hat-trick in Test Cricket. However, Kohli is back at his ways of making blunders at using the DRS as was seen on Day 4.
Birthday boy Ishant Sharma bowled a short of a length delivery – pitching outside off – to the batsman of strike, Roston Chase, batting on 3*(17), and the batsman was clearly reeled. As Chase intended to leave it, he saw it bend in sharply and made a late unsuccessful attempt to keep it from hitting the front pad.
That was followed by a huge appeal from the Indian players, but the one appealing with the greatest intensity was the captain Virat Kohli. However, the appeal was turned down by the on-field umpire Richard Kettleborough, and Kohli took no time or second thought before going in for the review.
The third umpire first checked if there was on any bat on it to rule out chances of a caught behind. On moving forward to check the lbw appeal, the ball-tracking showed clearly that it was going over the stumps, with even the impact on off-stump being on umpire’s call. And that’s how India lost their first review of the 4th innings.