Sri Lankan all-rounder Dilruwan Perera was dragged into a controversy at the Eden Gardens yesterday after he sought a DRS (Decision Review System) intervention on what seemed second thought. The incident took place in the 57th over, when Perera was adjudged LBW by Nigel Llong off Mohammed Shami's bowling.
But after seemingly looking towards the dressing room, he turned back and changed his mind to ask for a review which showed the impact of the ball being outside the line of off stump.
Coming to the defence of the batsman, SLC claimed that confusion regarding availability of referral delayed Perera's decision.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) later said in a statement, "Contrary to the assumptions made, there was no "message from the dressing room" involved in the requested review".
"Having mistakenly assumed that Sri Lanka were out of reviews, Dilruwan Perera had turned to leave the feild when he heard Rangana Herath inquire from the on-field umpire Nigel Long if Sri Lanka have any reviews left, to which Mr. Long (sic) answered in the affirmative", said the release.
"If the umpires believe that the captain or batsman has received direct or indirect input emanating other than from the players on the field, then they may at their discretion decline the request for a Player Review". The incident happens just eight months after Australian skipper Steve Smith was involved in something similar during their India tour. The Australia captain described it as a "brain fade" moment. "We are quiet because until an official word doesn't come about the incident, we can not speak about it", said Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the post-play press conference.
"We didn't pay much of attention as we were busy in celebrating".
"Unless there is any official word from the match referee and umpire we can't say anything".
"So I think the rule maybe looked at as well, it could change because when you are there as a fielding side you have 11 players to consult".
"I did not see him (looking towards the dressing room)". So going forward they should look at it. "Rules should be fair for both teams", he added.
"The whole idea is to get as many decisions right".
No one can even look for soft signals from the dressing room to go for a review.
Sri Lankan batsman Rangana Herath, who was at the non- striker's end, defended his partner. On-field umpire Nigel Llong raised his finger after Shami's delivery hit Dilruwan on the pads.
Despite speculation, there is no evidence yet that the Sri Lankan got a signal that forced him to ask for a review.
The veteran admitted that neither did he see any signal from the dressing room nor did he call back Dilruwan to seek review. "As I said, I was looking at Llong".
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, now a commentator with the official broadcaster, spoke about allowing the batsmen a bigger leeway in DRS.
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