IND vs ENG, 2nd test: Jack Leach compares DRS to VAR after controversial Ajinkya Rahane call


English spinner Jack Leach said Saturday that the Decision Review System (DRS) was acting like a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) on the first day of the second test against India at MA Chidambaram Stadium. The VAR is a controversial addition to the sport of football and many have questioned whether the technology supports or hinders the sport. Leach’s comments came when Ajinkya Rahane survived a close DRS call. The visitors had made a huge call to catch Rahane at bat, but the umpire on the field declined, and then the Three Lions opted for a review. However, third umpire Anil Chaudhary didn’t look at all corners and stayed with the on-field call.

Chaudhary missed a certain angle and once it was shown after the not-out call was made, it was clear that Rahane was indeed out. However, the umpires realized their mistake and gave England back their lost review.

“We tried to get the third umpire to roll through, they controlled LBW, we knew that wouldn’t have worked out, we just tried to get them to look at what happened after the ball hit its path. like the current VAR, still controversial, it is what it is, ”Leach said at a virtual press conference on Saturday.

“They said they were checking it, then the LBW picture came up, we said no, no. We wanted them to check the other one. I got the impression they hadn’t checked it (the angle we wanted the umpires I can’t help it, at the time I was mad, but getting Rahane’s wicket after it made things a little easier, ”Leach added.

Three Indian wickets in the final hour of the game tipped the opening day of the second test lightly in favor of England after Rohit Sharma’s sensational knock triggered the innings in India on Saturday. The hosts lost Rohit (161), Ajinkya Rahane (67) and Ravichandran Ashwin (15) in the final hour of the play when India lost three wickets in the third session after holding the fort for tea.

In Stumps India’s score is 300/6 with Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel unbeaten at 33 and five points respectively. For England, Leach and Moeen Ali chose two, while Olly Stone and skipper Joe Root each scalped a wicket.

“It was a hard fought day, we had to be patient all day, we got a few wickets towards the end and it was good, with the new ball hopefully tomorrow morning we can get and get a few wickets soon. As you saw with Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, once you partner up it can get a little easier, we have to hope we can do the same when we get started, ‘Leach said.

“Compared to the first wicket, we played on, I would say the field spins a bit more, the wicket seems a bit drier and it spins. Rohit played a serious knock, he’s clearly a world class player, to see how he it did, he hit well I thought I bowled well today I will think about my performance in the evening I tried to have as much patience as possible This is the best I have bowled it was all based on patience and let the field do what it did. That was my plan, “he added.


India skipper Virat Kohli had won the coin toss and chose to hit. The hosts made three changes to their lineup when they brought in Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj to replace Shahbaz Nadeem, Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah.

On the other hand, England made four changes, as the team brought in Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone and Ben Foakes to replace Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, James Anderson and Jos Buttler.

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