The Sri Lankan lower order batsman Dilruwan Perera involved in a DRS controversy that took place when he turned back towards Islanders dressing room before taking a Decision Review System (DRS) in the 57th over during the fourth day of the ongoing first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The incident is almost similar to the Aussies skipper Steven Smith Brain fade moment as he deliberately used Australian dressing room help for a review. Now Perera repeats the same situation where he was caught on cameras before challenging the umpire decision.
The moment took place in the final ball of 57th over of the Sri Lankan first innings when umpire Nigel Long raised his finger to give out (LBW) in the bowling of Mohammed Shami. Dilruwn Perara first looked towards his partner Rangana Herath and decided to walk back to the pavilion before appealing a review.
Then, the Sri Lanka's all-rounder had received a signal from the dressing room and he opted for a quick review. DRS replay showed Shami's delivery had pitched outside the line and umpire forced to take his decision reverse and gave not out.
The whole scenario was caught on cameras as commentators compared Perara's action with Steven Smith brain fade. As per the ICC rules, players are not allowed to receive any signal from the dressing room while opting a DRS review and it should be taken within just 15 seconds only. Although Virat Kohli & Co did not complain anything about the speculation.
The Sri Lanka cricket clarified in a statement about the review:
"Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to clarify the ambiguity surrounding the DRS appeal of Dilruwan Perera during the 3rd day's play of the 1st Test in Kolkata earlier this afternoon. 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 field when he heard Rangana Herath inquire from the on-field umpire Nigel Long if Sri Lanka have any reviews left, to which Long answered in the affirmative. It was then that Dilruwan requested the review," the statement said.
"We wish to place on record that every single Sri Lankan player and official is not only strongly respectful and bounden to uphold the rules and regulations of the ICC, but plays their game of cricket under the ethics and principles of true sportsmanship and the Spirit of Cricket," it added.
India were all-out for 172 while Cheteshwar Pujara (52) is the top scorer in the first innings. In reply to India, Sri Lanka got all-out for 294 with Rangana Herath (67) being the highest scorer. Currently, India is at 286/7 in the ongoing second innings of the first Test at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata.