Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon believes the controversial decision by the umpires to call Virat Kohli ‘out’ on Day 2 of the second Test against Australia was the ‘right decision.’ Virat Kohli was given a leg-before-wicket by the on-field umpire after the delivery from debutant Matthew Kuhnemann managed to sneak past his defence and hit his pads.
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The former Indian captain was given out by on-field umpire Nitin Menon. He immediately went for a review suggesting that he might have got an edge. Even the replays showed that the ball may have hit his pad and the bat simultaneously, but Kohli was eventually given out. The Indian batter was not pleased with that decision as he walked off the field. Kohli’s animated reactions were also recorded as the batter was seen discussing his dismissal with Indian head coach Rahul Dravid.
After the day's play, Nathan Lyon, who bowled superbly well completing his 22nd five-wicket haul, said that the ‘right decision was made.’ “I think the right decision was made. No doubt Virat would be saying that (the ball hit the bat), but hats off to the umpires. It’s tough in these conditions. We bowlers are trying to put pressure on them to get the decision in our favour. In the end, the decision was right,” Lyon stated on Star Sports after the close of the second day's play.
Even Mark Waugh stated that Virat was unlucky with the initial decision. “It was a 50-50 call. A lot of time the umpire would give that not-out. On another day, it would have been given not out initially. You can argue that it did just brush the pad slightly before the bat did. The ball tracking also showed that they would have just clipped the stumps so going by the law, they got it right," added Mark Waugh.
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