India's dodgy DRS reviews giving Aussies an edge
CRICKET: Alarming figures have surfaced of India's shocking use of the Decision Review System - and the enormous upper hand it could give Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Series.
The hosts had a terrible time of it in Pune, quickly burning through their reviews.
But it shouldn't have been a surprise.
India has long been suspicious of the accuracy of DRS and is a late adopter of the system, only employing it from the start of its recent series sweep of England.
And it's fair to say there have been some teething problems.
In just seven Tests, Virat Kohli and his team have gone to the third umpire on 55 occasions.
Only 17 times have they been proven right.
That leaves their success percentage at a woeful 30.9%.
This shameful ratio was never more evident than in the series-opening Test in Pune, when openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul burnt both of India's reviews inside the first six overs of the second innings.
Neither were sensible reviews, and both were lambasted by the commentary team of Shane Warne, Michael Clarke and Ravi Shastri.
That meant that by the time their best batsman, captain Kohli, walked to the crease his team had no reviews until it refreshed at the 80-over mark.
"It's not there to say 'let's hope I get lucky' and you cost your teammates. India's use of the DRS has been pretty ordinary,” Warne said in commentary.
His view was supported by Shastri, who played 80 Tests for India.
"India have had a shocker with the reviews,” Shastri said.
"It's so crucial in the fourth innings, they have to be careful.
"How could Rahul review that one?”
Despite the shockers from their openers, India saves its worst reviews for when it's in the field.
It blew all four reviews when fielding in the first Test, and it hurt it badly.
Steve Smith was on 73 when he jammed his bat and pad together to stop a ball delivered by Ravindra Jadeja.
Smith was given the benefit of the doubt by the umpires, but had the option been there it would've been a wise review because replays showed the ball struck Smith's pad first and Hawkeye would've shown three red lights.
Smith went on to add a further 36 vital runs while sapping India of energy and confidence.
Of the 42 reviews they've attempted in the past seven Tests, only 10 have been proven correct.