London: Rahul Dravid has said he was too confused in the heat of the moment to contest the decision that ruled him out, caught behind off James Anderson in the second innings of the Edgbaston Test, when replays showed he'd actually hit his shoelace and not the ball. He also said, speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he wished he had gone for a review.
Dravid appeared to have nicked a James Anderson delivery in the 16th over but replays later showed it was the bat hitting the laces of his shoe that had caused the noise thought to be the edge. Dravid had seemed unconvinced of the decision at first but following a word with the non-striker, Sachin Tendulkar, decided not to use the DRS.
"My first instinct was that I had not hit it," Dravid said in a video interview. "But there was a loud noise, and I couldn't figure out where it had come from. I knew I hadn't hit the ground, or my pad, or my shoe, so it confused me as to where the noise had come from. But I didn't think I had touched it. So I asked my partner and he said there was a big noise. So I had Simon Taufel, one of the best umpires in the world, ruling me out, my partner saying it was out and I myself had heard the noise. I thought maybe it was just one of those instances where I hadn't felt the edge.