Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t: Rishabh Pant justifies failed DRS calls
- India lost two reviews within a couple overs
- Joe Root scored his 22nd Test century
- England reached 288/5 after 91.2 overs on Day 3
Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant on Saturday justified the team's failed DRS call after Virat Kohli and company lost two out of three of their reviews in a space of two overs at Lord’s. Riding on skipper Joe Root's century, England reached 288/5 after 91.2 overs on Day 3.
Indian players, Mohammed Siraj, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant particularly, were criticised for some faulty reviews early in England's first innings. The incident took place when Root had just started playing some marvelous strokes. On the last ball of the 21st over, Siraj caught the English No 4 in front of the wickets. The team appealed and the bowler convinced Kohli to take a review. However, the ball missed the stumps. In Siraj's next over, another appeal was made. This time the bowler was convinced and Pant wasn't. Kohli went for a review and lost it.
Pant, while speaking to the host broadcasters, revealed the thought process behind going for the DRS calls.
“We take the DRS thinking that it will hit the stumps but the replays end up different. We can only imagine what might happen and we are taking our chances most of the time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, that’s just part and parcel of the game,” Pant said.
Meanwhile, Joe Root, once again tormented a listless Indian bowling attack while Jonny Bairstow added to their woes with a half-century.
Root, a nemesis of Indian bowlers since his international debut, was once again at his best as he attacked them from the start of the third day and found an able ally in Bairstow, who also scored runs at a fair clip.
While Mohammed Siraj managed to dismiss Bairstow, Ishant Sharma managed to get past Jos Buttler's defence.
The lack of discipline shown by the Indian bowling attack resulted in a wicketless first session on Day 3 at Lord's. The hosts added 97 runs in the morning. Except for Bumrah's spell around the drinks break and a few occasions here and there, the runs came easily.