Cheteshwar Pujara survived the first review    AFP
Cheteshwar Pujara survived the first review AFP

In the ongoing first Test between India and England at Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium, Rajkot, the Decision Review System (DRS) made its debut in India. Before this series, there were lot of debates and discussions over using DRS in India but after coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli gave a thumbs up to it, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finally agreed to use it in this series. There was no use of DRS from Indian side in both first and second day of the Test and infact, England used it twice and both time it did not come in their favour and went India’s way as the umpire decision stayed because the batsman was genuinely out. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot.

India did not take any review on first and second day and it is probably because they were not friendly to this technology but on the third day, they finally used it after Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was given out for lbw appeal by Zafar Ansari. The crowd at Rajkot went silent when the decision was being reviewed and also because it is the home ground for Pujara. Before going for the review, Pujara had a little chat with his partner Murali Vijay, who denied him to take it as the ball went straight towards his pad but while it was being reviewed, it came to know that the delivery was going above the stumps and there was a huge roar in the stands as he was not given out. His father and wife were seen rejoicing in the stands, as shown in the video shared by BCCI’s official Twitter handle:

Meanwhile, Pujara and Vijay have taken India to a strong position in the match with their unbeaten partnership.