Former India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar feels that Virat Kohli always seems to be in a hurry when asking for reviews. While urging the Indian captain to be a bit smarter, Agarkar said not using the Decision Review System (DRS) properly can easily cost India the game.
During the opening day of the fifth Test against England at The Oval, India wasted both their reviews on Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook when they were stitching a healthy partnership. Both the left-handers were given not out by the on-field umpires to LBW appeals, but Kohli went upstairs without any success.
“You can see how involved he’s in the game. It’s as if sometimes he can’t help himself,” Agarkar said while speaking to ESPNcricinfo.
“Every time there is a big appeal, he wants to take a review. Unfortunately, the way the rules are now if it’s not an umpire’s call, you lose it and it doesn’t get reversed until after 80 overs. So you’ve got to be a bit smarter,” he added.
Agarkar also highlighted that India was fortunate not to have any bad decision going against them. He also advised the bowlers and the keeper to help Kohli while making the decision.
“The bowler and the keeper need to help Kohli and he also needs to control himself a little bit. It could easily cost you the game,” Agarkar remarked.
“Remember how Joe Root got out. It was a good decision, but the umpire gave it too late. But if he hadn’t given it out, India would have struggled for a review. There were a couple of ordinary reviews yesterday,” he concluded.