DRS

There have been many comparisons over players and teams from different eras. But we often tend to forget the fact about the introduction of many new facilities and systems in respective eras. The Decision Review System (DRS) is surely one of the best things to have been introduced in this sport, which give teams another chance to review the decisions taken on the field by umpires. DRS has also given a huge competition to umpires and in a way, it has also made them improve their skills. Such insecurity and competition was never existed for umpires in the era when West Indies cricket team dominated.

The biggest reason behind the domination of West Indies during the 1980s was their captain Clive Lloyd along with some fierce pacers, such as Andy Roberts, Colin Croft, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, etc. There were also blessed with legendary batsmen like Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, etc. Revisiting those old days of West Indies is like an old wine, which tastes amazing with every sip. Lloyd, who was the key architect in building the dominating team of West Indies, expressed his regrets in a very sarcastic way over not having the technology like DRS in that period.

“If we’d have had the DRS system, our games would have finished in two days! (laughs) We had some of the worst umpires around, but we played through all of that,” Lloyd said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo. Apart from Dickie Bird and David Shepherd, there were probably no umpire as good like them in job of umpiring during the period of 1980s. That was another challenge for cricketers in the period and despite that, Lloyd and his company did excellently. “I can’t recall any other captain who’s around now who did 11 years, playing all over the world with a team in testing conditions. But we still produced the goods. We weren’t playing on many green flyers in India and Pakistan! Then you have to consider the standard of umpiring in world cricket back then,” Lloyd added.