FO­CUS BACK ON THE GAME

In­dia coach has moved on from re­view row ahead of Aus­tralia Test

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BEN­GALURU

IN­DIA’S coach Anil Kum­ble said at­ten­tion would be back on the pitch for the third Test against Aus­tralia af­ter the last match ended on a sour note over the use of De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem (DRS) tech­nol­ogy.

Following the end of the Test won by In­dia, cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli al­leged his Aus­tralian coun­ter­part Steve Smith had flouted the rules on re­view­ing um­pire de­ci­sions.

“I think what was im­por­tant was to bring the fo­cus back on cricket and I am re­ally glad that the BCCI took a ma­ture call along with Cricket Aus­tralia to is­sue a joint state­ment that cricket needs to move on and we have moved on from what­ever hap­pened in that back­ground,” Kum­ble told re­porters on Tues­day.

Both cap­tains es­caped any charges from the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil over the dis­pute in­volv­ing the De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem (DRS) in Ben­galuru, while the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia and Cricket Aus­tralia re­leased a joint state­ment to re­solve the mat­ter.

In­dia suc­cumbed to their first de­feat in 15 Test matches with a hu­mil­i­at­ing 333-run loss against Aus­tralia in the first Test at Pune last month, but clinched the sec­ond in Ben­galuru last week, beat­ing the vis­i­tors by 75 runs.

“We would like to fin­ish the last two Test matches in a very good way, and I am sure it will be some­thing that we will be cher­ish­ing,

“I think In­dia have re­sponded re­ally well,” he said ahead of the third match of the four-Test se­ries which starts to­day at first­time Test venue Ranchi.

Af­ter a se­ries win against West Indies in July, In­dia hosted and won Test se­ries against New Zealand and Eng­land as well as a vic­tory over Bangladesh. Reuters

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