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Virat Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha, India’s perfect ‘DRS pair’

The Indian Express logoThe Indian Express 11-02-2017
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Indian teams over the years have had fantastic opening pairs like Virender Sehwag-Gautam Gambhir, spin twins like Anil Kumble-Harbhajan Singh or Ravichandran Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja.

But having warmed up lately to the Decision Review System (DRS), India now have a ‘DRS Pair’ – skipper Virat Kohli and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who are brilliantly complementing each other while going for referrals.

In fact, Kohli could give some credit to Wriddhiman for convincing him to go for a review on personal score of 180, when off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz got a leg before decision from on-field umpire.

“Virat thought that he was out but I told him that you have probably stretched your front-foot more. I told him that hopefully, the impact may be outside (the off-stump) and the ball had spun sharply enough to miss the leg stump. So he (Virat) took a call and was saved,” Wriddhiman spoke about his role in that favourable review.

The glovesman said that Kohli saved a review for the team when he decided against going upstairs after a Taijul Islam armer trapped him leg before.

“During the second time, I was about to ask Virat to check but he was hundred percent convinced that it was out. Also it was umpire’s call and even if there was a chance of the delivery barely touching the stumps, it would have been out. Virat didn’t take a chance and saved a DRS for the team,” he said.

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Again when Bangladesh were batting, India got the wicket of opener Soumya Sarkar through a successful DRS after the on-field umpire had ruled not out.

This time Wriddhiman was unsure as to whether there was an inside edge but the skipper was fully convinced that the opener had inside edged it. Virat was vindicated when Sarkar trudged back to pavilion.

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