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No budging on DRS for stand-in India captain Kohli
December 8, 2014 / 3:57 AM / 3 years ago

No budging on DRS for stand-in India captain Kohli

ADELAIDE (Reuters) - Stand-in India captain Virat Kohli has stuck to the party line on cricket’s decision review system (DRS), saying his team would only endorse its use if it were 100 percent accurate.

Virat Kohli during a cricket test match at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

India’s four-test series against Australia will go ahead without the use of the sometimes controversial DRS, with the tourists rejecting it in every bilateral tournament they play.

“The only point we maintain is that it’s not 100 percent,“ he told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Monday. ”And we see incidents happen where DRS has been taken and some people feel that it’s clearly a not-out decision and they’ve been given out.

”Or it seems like it’s out and guys have been given not out and (there’s) more than half a ball hitting the stumps.

”It just doesn’t make sense to us sometimes. Unless it’s 100 percent accurate I don’t think it can be a thing that will change our take on it.

“If it gets 100 percent accurate and consistent, then, who knows.”

Kohli confirmed he would lead the side in the first test in Adelaide starting on Tuesday in the absence of the injured Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and he has promised to bring a more aggressive approach to his team’s sometimes pedestrian play.

Though India shuns the DRS for all bilateral tournaments, with world governing body, the ICC, maintaining that both parties must agree to its use, they will have to play with the system at the upcoming one-day World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

After Adelaide, the teams play tests in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Editing by Peter Rutherford

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