Johannesburg: Dec 31, 2013
Indian batting legend and commentator Sunil Gavaskar said that the Indian cricket board would not change their controversial view on the non-use of the Decision Review System (DRS) despite lynchpin batsman Virat Kohli being given out caught behind to the first ball of the final day at Kingsmead on Monday.
The DRS system is approved and used by all nine other Test playing nations but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refused to endorse the system’s use in either home matches or tours in other countries. Kohli, who was expected to lead India’s attempt to save the final Test against South Africa, was given out when a bouncer from Dale Steyn brushed his shoulder on its way through to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers, and although replays clearly showed that Kohli had not touched the ball, the umpire upheld the appeal for a catch.
According to Sport24, Gavaskar said that the BCCI have been quite open about their objections to DRS and would not accept it until they believe it is 100 per cent accurate, although he added that no amount of technology would ever be completely accurate while it was operated by human beings.
However, Gavaskar offered a solution for India, saying that the DRS can be simplified and then the third umpire or match referee can be given the authority to call for a review, adding that when straightforward television replays clearly indicate an error, DRS tools like the Hot Spot, real-time Snickometer and Hawk Eye should be used
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