Sydney, Feb 24 (ANI): Former Australia captain has claimed India's refusal to use the Decision Review System (DRS) cost them dearly on day one of the first Test match against Australia in Chennai, as captain Michael Clarke scored a brilliant century after getting reprieve from the umpire in the initial stage of his innings.
"Michael Clarke is a successful leader and he had a stroke of good fortune when he won the toss in the first Test in Chennai," Chappell wrote in his column for News.com.au.
"It was imperative Australia made a good start against a hesitant Indian side seeking to re-establish its reputation at home and batting first was the visitors' best chance on a grassless pitch," he added.
"They say bad luck comes in threes but Clarke might believe it's more likely to be the good variety. He received another huge break when an inside edge went to pad but unlike the fieldsman, the umpire missed it and India's refusal to entertain the Decision Review System cost them dearly," he further wrote.
Chappell added: "What could've been a perilous position for Australia became a solid one, not so much via a third slice of luck, but rather a cool head. There was always a good chance Clarke would succeed in India with his twinkle-toe footwork and commanding form."
Australia scored 380 in the first innings with Clarke top scoring with 130. (ANI)