Cricket's Love Hate Relationship with DRS

It's been almost a week since England retained the Urn for second successive time in a row after clinching it in 2009 at the Oval. But unfortunately most of the discussions on air, off the air, media focus has been on DRS only. I feel little sympathy and sorry as performances and contributions of players from both sides are overshadowed because of this.

I personally in my previous articles have mentioned my support for DRS, but i want to elaborate by saying that the system is not at all at fault. The bigger issue is the way it is being implemented and sorry to say the administrators and the concerned personnel are indeed at fault as well. There has been talk around especially in Indian media, former players and administrators about the system not being perfect. But like life is anything perfect?. I believe that DRS can be looked upon at second line for defense for both batting and fielding team. The Indian team never recovered from their disastrous use of the technology during tour of Sri Lanka in 2008 which they eventually lost 2-1. Other teams have been at the receiving end as well but they have taken it as a learning instead of calling for putting an end to the DRS.

Again i briefly mentioned in my previous article that ICC should take a firm stance on the same it should not be left to the individual boards to decide if they want to use the technology in a particular series or not. There should be consistency in usage and implementation of this technology irrespective of the country where cricket is being played. We see that in some series for example in 2011 when India toured England India had raised objection to usage of DRS when it came to LBW, this did have a serious consequence as in the first half of the series Broad went on to get a hatrick and one of the victims was Harbhajan who was clearly disappointed as there was inside edge on to his pad but was declared LBW.

There has to be even more communication between the umpires, players. On many occasions we see that neither the players involved nor the spectators are clear on why the decision has gone in favor or overturned. There were more than few instances of those during the last 4 test matches of the ashes. If i go into the details of DRS one thing which has always struck me that is if decision has been appealed by either of the teams and it turns out that the ball bowled was not a legal delivery i.e a no ball why the DRS appeal by the concerned team should be counted as one because it was on field umpire's error that it was not called a no ball. Well there are too many intricacies but i leave it upto the more knowledgeable.

But i would definitely got for a DRS if i was a player it might sometimes work against me but that's part and parcel.

By Anand Padmanabhan

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