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Sachin Tendulkar Reveals Why Team India Opposed Using DRS

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When the DRS was introduced way back in 2008, India was the first country to use in a Test against Sri Lanka. But MS Dhoni and Team India were the biggest critics on this technology, as it wasn't fool proof. Sachin Tendulkar recently revealed an incident about the DRS.

When the DRS was introduced way back in 2008, India was the first country to use in a Test against Sri Lanka. But MS Dhoni and Team India were the biggest critics on this technology, as it wasn't fool proof. Sachin Tendulkar recently revealed an incident about the DRS.

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“When we went to Sri Lanka in 2008, it used to be called UDRS (Umpire Decision Review System). Anil was our captain at that time; he had played for India for 17-18 years by then. Rahul was there, Sourav was there, Laxman was there, I was there... Zaheer, Harbhajan... you name all these guys who were around for a good 10-15 years or even more,” Tendulkar told Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.

“In that series, we had referred around 15 decisions (20 referrals in total) to the third umpire and out of those, we were awarded just one decision. So, either we didn’t know how to refer - not able to judge LBWs and these things - or there was something wrong with that system.

“That’s why we expressed displeasure to BCCI. That was for that particular series. Not that you expressed displeasure once it stays permanently. Even after that plenty of developments took place. That was the only time. At least I didn’t say that it shouldn’t happen or whatever.”

Sachin went on to say that he doesn't believe in Umpire's call when the DRS technology is being used.

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“I just feel that when the ball pitches, its centre point, the ball has to pitch inside the line. But when the ball hits the stumps, it need not be to centre point. It could be centre point, it could be left side, ride side or even the bottom of the ball, whatever. When it hits the stumps, it hits from four different points. So whether it is hitting, 49 percent or 51 percent, it should be out,” he said.

“Why do players go to the third umpire? Because somebody is unhappy with the on-field decision. If a new cricket follower is watching, he would only think that ‘the on-field umpire is giving a decision and the ball is hitting the stumps on both occasions. Why is the first one out and not out now?’ So, if the technology is not full proof then we should have more responsibility towards it.”

first published:September 24, 2020, 09:59 IST