Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s dismissal again ignited talks on inclusion of Decision Review System (DRS) which was absent in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series between India and host Australia. India has refused intrusion of technology on dismissals in past, but in this series they might have started partially defending it after lower-order batsman Kumar was declared out controversially on the fourth day of the fourth test on Friday.
He made the eight-wicket partnership of 65-runs with Ashwin that was irritating and frustrating for Australia as they both reduced run margin and took more time on the pitch that might have been helpful for their team. Kumar, who was on 30, edged a ball towards slip of off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s delivery at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The on-field umpire got confused to judge if the ball got bounced before or after it touch the Kumar’s bat when Watson caught the ball at the slip position and they both transferred matter to third umpire Simon Fry.
Umpire Simon turned on the red light to finish Kumar’s innings at crucial situation even though replays told a different story as it seemed to be inconclusive in giving a judgement. Even bowler himself surprisingly celebrated his wicket after seeing the decision. Kumar showed respect to the decision and walked back to pavilion by shaking head.
Without the DRS, the umpires are not have permission to review anything except a run-out and a catch as BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) was not strongly in favour to use and questioned its efficiency in judging with full-proof.
On the fourth day, India got bowled out for 475 runs in their first innings; 97 runs behind Australia’s 572 runs. Australia started second innings and were at 251 runs for six at stumps on the fourth day. Currently, Australia leads by 348 runs. Ashwin took four wickets and also scored 50 runs when India needed an all-round performance.