MS Dhoni continues to be a critic of DRS

India in the recent times have been victims of umpiring decisions but they continue to oppose the widely accepted Decision Review System (DRS). On Tuesday, India lost to Australia in the first ODI at Perth. The match could have gone India’s way had George Bailey been given out in the first ball he faced. He had gloved one to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni off debutant Barinder Sran but the “DRS should not be the umpires’ decision justification system. didn’t feel so. Bailey went on to score 112 and played a massive role in Australia’s win. Read more: George Bailey plays down controversial not out decision; puts ‘DRS’ ball in India’s court

Post match, when Bailey was asked about his lucky escape, he said, “Would’ve been interesting to see on DRS, but we’re not the team that doesn’t want it.” When India’s captain Dhoni was asked about India’s reluctance on DRS despite decisions going against them, Dhoni shot back. A report from ESPNCricinfo, quotes Dhoni as asking, “Are you indirectly saying we are not getting decisions in our favour because we don’t use DRS?”

Dhoni further went ahead justifying why he isn’t comfortable with the system. He added, “It could have but at the same time we need to push the umpires to make the right decisions. You have to see how many 50-50 decisions don’t go in our favour. It always happens, then you have to take it. But I am still not convinced about DRS.” Read more: Pick of the tweets: Australia vs India, 1st ODI at Perth

Not convinced with the ball deviations, Dhoni said that it should be the decision making system . He further said, “DRS should not be the umpires’ decision justification system. It should be giving the right decision. Like in tennis you don’t say the umpire called it out and half the ball has to pitch inside the line. It has to be plain and simple. You don’t have to keep too many things in consideration. You either say, ‘This is DRS, doesn’t matter whether it is given out or not out, if half the ball is hitting the stumps, you are out.’ Irrespective of the decision. Now, for example, you take DRS, in an lbw decision, what changes everything is whether it was given in favour or not. It can mean a margin of one inch overall, and that is very big.”