In an exciting day of test match cricket, the DRS once again provided a controversial flash point as Dilruwan Perera found himself in the middle of it in the opening session.
After being dismissed LBW off Shami’s bowling, Dilruwan Perera apparently asked the dressing room before using the DRS.
This is against the rules as the batsman should take the decision without consulting his team mates in the dressing room. The Indian team were clearly livid as it brought back memories of the Steven Smith’s ‘bran fade’ incident.
But the Sri Lankan board has decided to respond to this and says it is a huge misunderstanding.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to clarify the ambiguity surrounding the DRS appeal of Dilruwan Perera during the 3rd days play of the 1st Test in Kolkotta earlier this afternoon.”
“Contrary to the assumptions made, there was no “message from the dressing room” involved in the requested review. Having mistakenly assumed that Sri Lanka was out of reviews, Dilruwan Perera had turned to leave the field when he heard Rangana Herath inquire from the on-field umpire Nigel Long if Sri Lanka has any reviews left, to which Mr Long answered in the affirmative,” the statement added.
“It was then that Dilruwan requested the review,” the statement concluded.
While this sounds quote flimsy, the Indian team will not want to get distracted with an important day five to look forward to tomorrow. We will just have to wait for the test match to end before we get any clarity on this matter.