Mumbai: Former captain Ajay Jadeja is thrilled that leg-before (line) decisions can no longer be challenged by batsmen even as Decision Review System (DRS) has been made mandatory for all Tests and one-day internationals, subject to availability of infra-red cameras and audio-tracking devices, as recently suggested by Sachin Tendulkar.
"Growing up, I was always taught not to question an umpire's decision it was the basic thing. What you are going to do with LBW decisions being scrutinised is make it tough for junior coaches who are teaching a child.
Only at the international level will he be exposed to technology. When a child starts playing cricket, the umpire at that moment is his parent or a coach. That child is going to start questioning them with the implementation of reviews. You are playing with the sport. That's because 99.9 per cent of the cricket playing population of the world play under just one rule," he said.
In the modified DRS, a batsman can challenge an lbw call if he's confident of an inside-edge. It will also aid batsmen or bowlers to challenge bat-pad calls, faint edges, low catches, etc. "I am okay with technology aiding an umpire because it's important to get every decision right. Give him an earphone and a microphone... let's ensure wrong decisions are removed. However, players shouldn't have a choice to question an lbw decision," added the veteran of 196 ODIs.
Pointing out that decisions the that went against India at Jamaica last week were mostly non-LBW calls, Jadeja felt umpires invariably get leg-before decisions right. "Sport is not about being 100 per cent correct. These problems start when people, who haven't played the sport start analysing it. Anyone who has played will know some decisions will go against him, and some in his favour. That's why you play sport. Otherwise you can play a computer game. It's about that moment and the umpire is the boss. You are challenging the basics of sport by denying him the right," he concluded.