Dravid's wicket raises doubts on DRS again

Updated: 03 September 2011 18:48 IST

Rahul Dravid continues to be at the receiving end of controvesial decisions on the current England tour as he was on Saturday ruled out caught behind despite Hot Spot not detecting en edge off his bat.

Chester-le-Street:

Rahul Dravid continues to be at the receiving end of controvesial decisions on the current England tour as he was on Saturday ruled out caught behind despite Hot Spot not detecting en edge off his bat.

This is the third time on this tour that Dravid has fallen to a debatable decision as twice in the preceding Test series also he was given out in controversial fashion.

However, snicko-meter, which is not part of the UDRS, later suggested that there was a contact betwen the ball and the bat.

Saturday's decision yet again brought technological shortcomings to the fore under the UDRS system.

England paceman Stuart Broad appealed for a catch behind the wicket off his own bowling on the fourth ball of the 18th over but umpire Billy Doctrove ruled not out.

Broad straight away opted for the review. Third umpire Marais Erasmus from South Africa took help of Hot Spot but even after several replays the edge could not be established, though a sound was definitely there.

The replays were shown on the giant screen in the ground and fans along with the players expected the not out decision by Doctrove to stand.

However, much to the astonishment of the fans and the batsman, Erasmus ruled Dravid out.

In the third Test, Dravid was ruled caught behind off James Anderson in India's second innings when actually his bat had hit the shoelace and he hadn't edged the ball.

And again in the fourth Test, he was given out caught behind in India's second innings. Dravid was ruled not out by the umpire but given out for 13 after referral by England though the snickometer apparently showed that there was no contact of the ball with bat before it landed into home side wicketkeeper Matt Prior's gloves.

Debates and discussions have already started on the decision. Cricketer Aakash Chopra tweeted, "The most reliable tool for DRS is proving the least trustworthy. But I'm more baffled by the quality of umpiring."

"How can d third umpire overturn the on-field umpire's decision without conclusive evidence to suggest d opposite," he added.

Topics : Cricket England India Pakistan South Africa Stuart Broad Rahul Dravid India in England, 2011
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