IBA is an angry man. And we love it when he goes on the rampage.
India’s ‘No DRS’ mockery is still on the run even after 3 years. DRS was first introduced for the Sri Lanka v India Test series in 2008. Sri Lanka got the better of it as their captain Mahela Jayawardene used the system wisely unlike the Indian captain Anil Kumble. Indians weren’t happy about the use of DRS at the end of the series. They looked at DRS the same way one looks at a profit & loss account. 4 decisions might go against you while you get one in your favour thanks to DRS, but the important thing is to make sure that all 5 decisions are correct. “DRS is bad because more decisions go against us” was what Kumble really wanted to say at the post-match presentation of the 3rd Test. There wasn’t a single valid reason for them to reject the use of DRS.
India’s great batsman Sachin Tendulkar was a force behind their decision. At times you wonder whether he runs the BCCI. Was there a fair reason for him to oppose DRS at the time? If you look at 2008 Test series, DRS worked against him 2 or 3 times. His top edge was caught at leg slip by Dilshan off the bowling of Muralidaran. Sri Lankans had to go for a review as the umpire failed to pick up the top edge. He was rightfully given out, and why he acted unhappy like a little girl was/is totally beyond me. Same happened when Ajantha Mendis trapped him LBW. This time Sachin called for a review, and didn’t get the decision in his favour since it was a very good shout. He looked disappointed again. Why would you go against the system if it is helping umpires to make more correct decisions? Maybe the little master thought that DRS was designed to help him stay in the middle forever.
Yes yes, I know that the Indians agreed to use DRS for the Test series against England, but what’s the f*cking point of using BCCI’s handicapped version of DRS which can’t get rid of obvious blunders? We saw how unlucky Broad was, and it was hilarious to see how badly Raina wanted to review a LBW decision. Brownie points to England who defeated team India & BCCI both.
Technology will never be perfect. How do we know it’s ‘perfect’ even if it is? Just use it while it can help umpires increase the percentage of correct decisions. What’s left to see is whether Indians will agree to use DRS at least after Tendulkar’s retirement……