Watch: Umpire turns down KL Rahul’s DRS review
When India played a Test match against New Zealand in Christchurch, wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul was spotted spicing it up for Karnataka against Bengal in the Ranji Trophy match. Although Rahul was not picked for New Zealand Tests which India lost the Test series by 0-2, he made the right use of the time by playing domestic cricket.
During the gripping match, KL Rahul was caught plumb in front and then asked for a review but the on-field umpire denied it instantly. As far as the current limited-DRS system is concerned, it does not allow for a review if the batsman shouldered arms for an LBW decision. As the umpire turned down KL Rahul’s request, the latter looked in disbelief as he walked off the pitch in an unsatisfactory manner.
Karnataka started the third day on a positive note, bagging quick wickets as they restricted Bengal to 161, with a colossal lead of 351 runs. Nonetheless, when they walked out to bat, they had the worst ever start to the session when KL Rahul was given out for shouldering the ball in front of the stump to the young fast bowler Ishan Porel.
The young Bengal pacer was pretty much confident and made a strong appeal to umpire K Srinivasan. The umpire took a few seconds before raising his finger. However, KL Rahul stood his crease and then discussed with the non-striker Ravikumar Samarth in the second of the innings.
It was then the right-hander opted for a review, only to be denied. The umpire rejected Rahul’s appeal and went up to batsman to tell him that he cannot opt for the review because the Karnataka batsman did not offer any shot as his intention was clear to miss the ball.