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Coach defends 'outstanding' Kohli after DRS debacle sees India's captain fail again

India's reluctant agreement to use the Decision Review System did them no favours on Monday, when battling captain Virat Kohli had to walk.

News 06 Mar 2017, 21:16 IST
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India captain Virat Kohli at a training session

Batting coach Sanjay Bangar claims Virat Kohli will learn from his recent struggles after the captain of the world's best Test side departed cheaply once again in Bangalore, as India's difficult relationship with the DRS continued.

Kohli, ranked second behind only Steve Smith in the International Cricket Council's rankings for batsmen in the long form of the game, was out for 15 in his second spell at the crease against Australia at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The skipper made just 12 in the first innings, having contributed a duck and then 13 as the hosts were stunned by 333 runs in the first Test in Pune. 

Despite the continuing struggles of their leader and talisman, Cheteshwar Pujara (79 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (40no) helped India to reach 213-4 at the close of play on day three, opening up a lead of 126 runs.

"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," Bangar said.

A contentious lbw decision off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood on Monday accounted for Kohli, who was surprised not to be spared by a review.

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Posted by Indian Cricket Team on  Monday, 6 March 2017

The absence of infrared 'HotSpot' cameras from the DRS being used in this series did not help Kohli's cause as TV umpire Richard Kettleborough was unable to find definite evidence the ball had struck bat before pad – meaning, much to Kohli's frustration, the on-field decision stood. 

It is the latest incident involving India and DRS, a system Bangar acknowledged India are still coming to terms with after finally agreeing to its use.

"We all are a bit surprised by the call the umpire eventually did [make]," he said.

"In terms of was there conclusive evidence or not, that's something that definitely the match referee will look into and they'll have a chat about it.

"Obviously Virat was really pumped up, he's a big match player, and he wanted to succeed very badly in this innings. It was a very normal reaction from a batsman in the dressing room when he gets out cheaply.

"We are new to DRS and the rules have also been tweaked a bit, so it is very much the umpire's call has become really crucial, and we haven't really sat down and evaluated but that is the way it is, it's new to us and we are learning from the number of games we are playing with DRS, we are in the learning curve."


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