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3 Instances when the usage of DRS went horribly wrong

Modified 08 Feb 2019
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#2. Virat Kohli (England vs India, 4th Test at Southampton, 2018)

Kohli was accorded a reprieve albeit wrongly
Kohli was accorded a reprieve albeit wrongly

The Test series between India and England in 2018 was tantalizingly poised at 2-1 in the latter’s favour heading into Southampton. And the outcome of the series was very nearly decided by an average umpiring decision.

Batting alongside Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli survived a vociferous LBW appeal off Moeen Ali. England weren’t satisfied with the verdict and decided to go upstairs.

Replays showed that there was certainly a spike on ‘Snicko’. However, the movement was the bat hitting the pad rather than the former hitting the ball.

The third umpire, Joel Wilson decided to rule in favour of the batsman despite the ball crashing into leg-stump according to Hawk-Eye.

Yet again, the deviation on Snicko was misinterpreted by the umpire to arrive at a wrong decision.

Though the decision didn’t end up costing England, it surely was another one of those decisions where the DRS and its usage went slightly haywire.  

Published 08 Feb 2019, 15:58 IST
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