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India vow to be smarter with DRS

  • India vow to be smarter with DRS

    Indian bowler Yazvendra Chahal (R) celebrates the dismissal of England batsman Ben Stokes during the third T20 cricket match between India and England at the Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium in Bangalore on February 1, 2017. England is chasing a target of 203 runs scored by India. / AFP / Manjunath KIRAN / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

India have shared a couple of home truths since their shock loss to Australia in the first Test, including how to approach the Decision Review System (DRS).

The top-ranked Test side folded meekly with the bat in a 333-run defeat, while they were sloppy in the field.

Frivolous referrals also undermined their efforts to fight back and deny Australia a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series.

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"India have had a shocker with the reviews," Ravi Shastri, who played 80 Tests for India, said on Star Sports

The most glaring example came when openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul, unhappy with lbw dismissals, wasted both reviews in just 5.3 overs of India's second innings.

It is a topic that has been raised ahead of the second chapter of the four-Test series, which starts in Bangalore on Saturday.

"We've got to take a little more time," Vijay said.

"We've got to use those 15 seconds much better. We've spoken about it."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India's stubborn resistance to DRS ended late last year.

Vijay was also responsible for the first of five chances put down during Steve Smith's second-innings ton. Smith, dropped on 23 by Vijay, went on to score 109.

"We had a chat about it and we're working on a few areas where we could have done much better in the last Test," the opener said.

"We've got to think about our own game, and be open in the team meetings.

"That's what we've done the last couple of days. We've sat down and spoken about it. Hopefully, we can come out in a better frame of mind and be positive from ball one."

Virat Kohli's team bonded during a hinterland hike in Pune, with Vijay noting it had made them "closer".

Vijay insisted the hosts would hit back hard in Bangalore.

"We're looking forward to starting afresh and putting the pressure back on the Australians," he said.

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