Team India's tryst with DRS

Updated: 28 June 2011 14:12 IST

The BCCI has faced wide criticism for its stance on the Decision Review System but its reluctance towards the debated use of technology in cricket does not come without substance.

Team India's tryst with DRS
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New Delhi:

The BCCI has faced wide criticism for its stance on the Decision Review System but its reluctance towards the debated use of technology in cricket does not come without substance.

The Indian cricket team has felt hard done by the inconsistency of the system which has delivered contradicting decisions in the past. The most significant of those instances would be the match with England in the 2011 World Cup where the ball tracker showed that Ian Bell was trapped right in front of the wicket but the decision went in Bell's favour.

A similar decision in another match went in the bowler's favour much to the misery of the Indians who cried foul. "Adulteration of technology with human thinking cost us that wicket", said Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in a statement which itself faced much criticism from the cricketing world.

Contrary to their take on the Hawk Eye, the Indian players have a much favourable view on the use of the Hot Spot technology.

"I would much rather go with the hot spot because that establishes the contact with the bat and the ball, it's a far better system according to me", said Sachin Tendulkar.

The Little Master, however, has been India's only significant beneficiary of the ball tracker technology which was also by far the most crucial decision as far as Team India is concerned; In the World Cup semi final match with Pakistan, a Saeed Ajmal-delivery caught Tendulkar on the pads and it looked dead straight to the naked eye. The review however went in Tendulkar's favour, allowing him to score a match-winning 85 runs.

Left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir also came out in support of the Hot Spot over the ball tracker technology. "I think Hot Spot is the most accurate technology we can have in the game compared to the other technologies we had during the World Cup", Gambhir said.

The Indian team's resentment towards the DRS can also be credited to their inability to maximise the use of the technology. Indian skippers have been guilty of using reviews incorrectly on several occasions. The most evident of these instances being the 2008 series with Sri Lanka where India made only 1 succesful review while the opposition made 11.

The misery of incorrect usage clubbed with the loopholes in the technology, the DRS has faced a transformation after much pressure from the BCCI. The accuracy of the modified version, however, will only unfold with time.

Topics : Sachin Tendulkar ICC World Cup, 2011 Ajay Jadeja Cricket India Pakistan South Africa
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