Why Cheteshwar Pujara didn’t opt for DRS in the 2nd innings?

On the last day of the first Test between India and England played at Rajkot, Cheteshwar Pujara’s DRS misjudgement took place in the second innings of Indian batting.

India were set a target of 310 runs to chase in the fourth innings and they got off to the worst possible start with Gautam Gambhir dismissed for a duck.

Now, the responsibility of shouldering the Indian batting to safety fell on Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, who started to steadily build the innings for their side.

In the 17th over of the innings, England leg-spinner Adil Rashid delivered a good delivery that rapped Pujara on the pads. After a strong appeal by Rashid and close-in English fielders, umpire Kumar Dharmasena gave it out and Pujara began to walk.

He didn’t opt for DRS (Decision Review System) but the replay showed that ball was pitched well outside the leg-stump and had the right-hander gone for the DRS, he would have surely survived.

Instead, Pujara did not for this option and headed back to the pavilion after scoring 18 runs.

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