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Team India unhappy with umpire's call on Kohli's dismissal

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December 16, 2018 20:56 IST
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'We were a little surprised by the on-field call but now that it's been done means it's been done.'

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Virat Kohli was controversially given out after Peter Handscomb took a low catch at second slip on Day 3 of the second Test. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

India were 'surprised' at the on-field umpire's call that led to captain Virat Kohli's controversial dismissal but the team has moved on and is focussed on restricting Australia to a low score in the second Test, pacer Jasprit Bumrah said in Perth on Sunday at close on Day 3.

Kohli's dismissal triggered a controversy after Peter Handscomb took a low catch diving forward at second slip off Pat Cummins' bowling and on-field umpires deferred to the third umpire with a soft signal of out, meaning only conclusive evidence could overturn the decision.

However, replays were not sufficient enough to overturn the decision, which left the Indian fans and Kohli disappointed as the skipper walked off the ground without acknowledging the ovation for his superb innings of 123.


"We were a little surprised by the on-field call but now that it's been done means it's been done. We will move forward with the game. That's about it," said Bumrah when asked about the controversial decision.

Kohli scored his 25th Test hundred to help India to guide India to 283 in their first innings, but the last six wickets fell for 60 runs which meant that they surrendered a 43-run lead.

Talking about Kohli's knock, Bumrah said, "Obviously, we were in a bit of bother at the start (of the day), and then the way he played, the way he carried his whole innings was infectious.

"He has been doing all the time and he is an inspiring leader. He leads from the front. So, it's a good thing for the team and hopefully he will keep doing it in future as well."

The hosts finished day three on 132 for four to stretch their lead to 175 runs at stumps on Day 3.

Bumrah said that they are aiming to restrict Australia to as few runs as possible on Day 4.

"Tomorrow the first session will be important. We want to take early wickets, so it will restrict the total to as less as possible and that will help us to chase it in the fourth innings. In my eyes, our team is capable of chasing any total but we will try to minimise as much as possible," he said.

"If you see the match, nobody has really gotten out (to balls that come) off the track. The crack is just there but it doesn't do a lot. It's only in the mind. So yeah, we will not take that into consideration (while batting)," he added.

In the second innings, the Indian pacers really tested the Australian batting line-up, and didn't allow them to settle down with regular breakthroughs.

Bumrah said the opening day is the best time to bat on this pitch, adding that he didn't worry about not taking too many wickets despite bowling splendidly in both innings so far.

"According to me, the way I assess it, the first session of the first day was the best time to bat because we thought the wicket was green but it was not doing a lot. After that I think it hardened up because there was so much heat.

"Then the bounce increased and the wicket fastened up. So this is what I felt at that time.

"So, now, after we assessed the pitch in the first innings, we realized the length we had to bowl. We were much clearer in the second innings and from the start we wanted to hit that length," he said.

Bumrah took just one wicket in Australia's second innings, despite bowling splendidly well and he said it is okay as long as his colleagues keep getting wickets.

"Sometimes it happens that you don't get wickets off good balls but sometimes you get wickets bad balls. My mindset is everything gets deposited in the back and which can be cashed in one day," he said.

"Basically, as a bowling unit we wanted to create pressure from both ends, so I was just trying to do that. Some days you get wickets, some days you don't but we wanted to create from both ends.

"If I don't get the wicket, may be someone else would. That was the basic plan going into the innings – to create a lot of pressure. So, yeah, that was it," he said.

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