I would rather prefer experienced umpires to DRS: MS Dhoni

Indian skipper MS Dhoni said he was a big fan of Hot Spot and Snickometer before the England tour Getty Images

Melbourne: Dec 29, 2011

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Thursday the on-field umpires should be more consistent with their decisions rather than relying on the contentious Decision Review System (DRS).

The lack of DRS went in India’s favour in the first Test with some of the decisions going its way, especially in the first innings.

Michael Hussey was adjudged caught behind off Zaheer Khan by South African Marais Erasmus but TV replays clearly showed no contact with the bat. The dismissal of debutant opener Ed Cowan was also criticised in most sections of the Australian media.

“I was a big fan of Hot Spot before the England tour. I am not so sure now. Same with snickometer. I would rather show faith and rely on umpires who have been doing the job all these years. If umpires are consistent, I don’t mind,” said Dhoni.

Dhoni much like the Indian cricket board doesn’t find the DRS foolproof and said he would respect the decision of the umpires.

“They don’t need to go into their shell after giving a wrong decision. They should be consistent and give their decisions boldly. At the same time, we must understand that they are doing a tough job,” he said. (IANS)