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India didn't mess up DRS: coach Kumble

  • India didn't mess up DRS: coach Kumble

    Indian head coach Anil Kumble gestures during a practice session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore on July 1, 2016. The Indian team is taking part in a preparatory camp ahead of their their West Indies Test tour. / AFP / MANJUNATH KIRAN (Photo credit should read MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

India coach Anil Kumble has rejected criticism of the top-ranked Test side's ineffectual use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in Pune.

Shane Warne, Michael Clarke and Ravi Shastri, all sitting in the commentary box for the first Test, were critical of the way India frivolously wasted their reviews as Australia stormed to a 333-run victory.

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

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Openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul both unsuccessfully queried lbw dismissals in India's second innings, leaving the hosts with zero reviews after just 5.3 overs.

Vijay indicated earlier this week that the topic had been raised in team meetings, saying "we've got to use those 15 seconds much better".

Kumble offered a significantly different take on the eve of the second Test, which starts in Bangalore on Saturday.

"I don't think we messed it up," Kumble quipped.

"If you looked at the two series since it was introduced (in India), we did better than the opposition. Both against England and against Bangladesh.

"It's too early to talk about that. You can always have hindsight and expect that (they shouldn't have reviewed)

"But those calls were really close, so I don't see a reason why we need to worry too much about that."

It is rare for on-field lbw dismissals to be overturned on review, as ball-tracking technology will return a verdict of 'umpire's call' even if the delivery is hardly clipping one stump.

"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 on Star.

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

The system made a terrible first impression on former captain Kumble in 2008, when it was trialled in a Test between India and Sri Lanka.

Kumble's successor as skipper MS Dhoni was also an outspoken critic, mainly because of concerns about the inaccuracy of ball-tracking technology.

Kumble, in his guise as chairman of the International Cricket Council's cricket committee, played a leading role in convincing his home board to adopt the system.

The importance of the system is often laid bare on the subcontinent, where stifling conditions, fielders camped around the bat and sharp turn can make an umpire's job incredibly hard.

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