India vs England 5th Test Day 3 Kennington Oval: Rated as one of the best batsmen in the world at present – Virat Kohli is a master at work as far as the ‘art of batsmanship’ is concerned. With an aim to conquer the final frontier in England, the India captain showed nerves of steel and determination to rake in staggering 542 runs in the ongoing Test series against England.
But, is Kohli a shrewd tactician or an astute captain – the jury is still out there to decide that. During the fifth and final Test against Three Lions at the Oval, Kohli’s impulsive character once again cost the visitors big time as they wasted both of their DRS (decision review system) within 12 overs of England’s second innings.
By the time England scored 27 runs in their 2nd innings, India had already wasted both their reviews on English openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings on the third day of the fifth Test. Both reviews were taken within the first 18 balls played after the Tea break on day 3. On both occasions, Ravindra Jadeja (1/36) and keeper Rishabh Pant convinced captain Virat Kohli to go for the reviews, despite the ball missing the off-stump.
WATCH the first review taken by Team India against Keaton Jennings:-
A loud shout for LBW from Jadeja and Kohli decides to review after thinking for a long while. The spinner bowls a tossed up delivery outside off which spun back in, Jennings went a long way across on the sweep and missed. It was smashing into the stumps, but the impact was outside off. This was a poor call from India. H
The second shocking review India took against veteran batsman Cook was even more baffling. Another loud shout for LBW from Jadeja which convinced skipper Kohli to ask for a review. Jadeja bowls it wide of the crease and got this one to spin back into the left-hander, Cook was caught on his back-foot as he looked to cut and missed, struck on the back-thigh. It was a fair delivery, looks like there’s no bat on that, Ultraedge confirms it but the impact was on outside off.
WATCH the second DRS taken by Kohli and Co. against Alastair Cook:-
Criticising the Indian captain’s DRS decisions, former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted, “Virat is the best batsman in the world, Virat is the worst reviewer in the world”.
Other Twitter users as well slammed Virat Kohli and Co. for getting it all wrong with the DRS. Some called it the lack of experience, while others demanded the return of former India skipper MS Dhoni whose DRS skills are one of the best in the business.