India in Australia 2011-12 December 30, 2011

Dhoni backs umpires over DRS

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India will not support the DRS until they are convinced that the technology is 100% perfect, captain MS Dhoni has reiterated. Coming to Australia, India were under pressure to agree to the use of the DRS, in part because Channel 9, the host broadcasters, use some of the best technology available in their production of home Tests. However, India did not budge, and Dhoni said his experience in England, where there were several incidents that suggested Hot Spot was not completely accurate, played a part in making that call.

"I still put my money on the umpires because they have been doing the job [for a long time]," Dhoni said. "It is just that the pressure on them is growing with plenty of technology around. We feel the technology is not 100% accurate. At times you see an edge on Hot Spot, sometimes you don't see anything happening. Before the start of the England series I was a big fan of Hot Spot. The way things went in England I don't have the same kind of confidence. If it is not 100% I will still go with the umpires. This is a game in which people commit mistakes. If the bowler doesn't commit a mistake the batsman can't get runs. If the batsman doesn't commit a mistake the bowler doesn't get a wicket. So we'll make umpires too a part of it."

The DRS refused to die as a topic of debate because in the Melbourne Test there were many potentially match-turning decisions that could have been overturned had they been reviewed. Michael Hussey would not have been dismissed for a golden duck and Ed Cowan could, possibly, have continued batting in the first innings. The decision to adjudge Cowan caught-behind is an interesting grey zone with the DRS because there was a sound at the exact time the ball went past the bat but Hot Spot did not show an edge. In the past the umpires have acted just on the sound.

Ironically, It was India who could have had more decisions reversed than Australia. They could have got Ricky Ponting out early in his second innings, and they had Michael Hussey lbw twice and caught down the leg side once. It is all a matter of conjecture, but India could actually have won the match had they agreed to the use of the DRS, and used it wisely. Dhoni, though, did not want to go down that route.

"What is important is that if a mistake is committed by the umpire, it should not affect him," he said. "If as an umpire you give something out when it's not-out, you don't need to go into your shell thinking you have made a wrong decision. If the next ball the umpire feels it is out, he should boldly give the decision.

"We are happy to go that way because it is a difficult job for the umpires. We come back to our dressing-room after bowling and only two batsmen go out to bat, but these are the people who stand there for five days. Cricket has been in good shape for long enough with two people in charge. They don't need to worry too much about what technology is going around, about what will show on Hot Spot and what will show on Snicko. We need to back their decisions. If mistakes are not committed intentionally, I am perfectly fine with it."

Dhoni went on to take a dig at the numbers the ICC provides regarding the number of correct decisions made by umpires. "You'll have to see what exactly the ICC sees as correct decisions. Giving a boundary is a correct decision; that also goes in favour of the umpires. You have to categorically say this is what it is."

Dhoni's mistrust of technology would have grown when India appealed for an lbw against Brad Haddin in the first innings and the ball-tracking service failed to show a projection due to lighting issues. That was a pretty adjacent call, but India wouldn't have enjoyed the benefit of the DRS had it been in use. So even if the DRS was a part of this series we would still have had as large, if not larger, a controversy on the first day itself. Hussey would have survived, Cowan's fate would have been decided subjectively by the third umpire, and Haddin would have continued batting.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • St.as.ram.rod on January 2, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    agupta429: Come on man, get a grip... you gave one eg that 2.5m rule, and player can use it to trick umpires. Guy the rule states that if the ball hits the batsmen more than 2.5 m in front of the wickets then it is not out... Do you understand for a batsmen to practically get ahead 2,5m to get hit? either he needs to come down the wicket or lie down to play sweep... how can it be misused??? pls elaborate. And this rule too is there cause it is not possible as if a ball hits 2.5m in front n shows to go on to hit the stump, u need to be really hit on the ankles and then the hawkeye doesnt really take into account the pitch conditions... so it is not possible to guess the variable nature of pitch whether it will hit stump.. Dont say things for saying. evn ur argument of football, there is no misuse, the players dive to fool onfield referees nt TV replays.and if found guilty they do get retrospective bans. Use head nt closed heart for support of Dhoni and India.

  • St.as.ram.rod on January 2, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Its ok not to use DRS only if production houses on tv are banned from showing replays.. if umpires dont need them, we timepassers certainly dont deserve it.. its easy for us and commentators to pass on comments looking on the 30 replays.. lets go back to 30years back.. :)

  • kristee on January 2, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    You feel so bad when you see from just a normal replay that your favorite player is let down by a field umpire's reflexes. DRS reduces, if not eliminates, this happening. If some party thinks otherwise it means they imagine umpires are under pressure to favor them.

  • Johnny_129 on January 1, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Umpiring has always been an issue in cricket. The DRS adopts great technological advancement and, even if not perfect, is a huge improvement. Dhoni and the BCCI have shown India to be backward villagers, afraid to embrace technology. DRS is definitely an improvement from the old system where two old farts on the cricket feild kept making howlers after howlers. Now the howlers can be reviewed and overturned if required. PLEASE Mr. Dhoni and Team India accept the DRS because right now, not only are you losing matches but you are making us Indians look like cheats!

  • agupta429 on January 1, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    All these people criticizing India for not supporting DRS. Why should they???

    If the present form DRS continues, they will breed players training to take advantage of the Loopholes in DRS (2 metre hawk-eye rule, etc.). And when that happens, Cricket will be nothing but a boring version of Soccer where players train and practice faking on field injuries for fouls...

    To all those boards that support DRS technologies and take commission off it, tell them to fix it first.

    Getting out to an honest human error is Muchhh more livable and fair than not getting out because the batsman tricked the technology.

  • indianpunter on January 1, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    India's blind opposition to the DRS does not augur well for the greater good of the game. We have to move forwards and technology has to be embraced. This is my 2 cents. 1. Take out the predictive path. Only analyse what's already happened. ( ie, inside edge, pitching outside/ in line etc) 2. No game uses "prediction" for decisions ( in tennis they are tracking something thats already happened). Predictive pathway is flawed ( doesnt work if its too close or more than 2.5 m away, doesnt work in shade and is speculative). 3. Unless there is evidence to the contrary, the umpire's decision stands. That would mean that Hussey would be not out ( 1st inns) but Cowan would be out ( as there was a sound) 4. Alternatively, give it to the on field umpires to check marginal/ tough calls. ( this does have a potential to prolong the game though)

  • lugujaga on December 31, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    DHONI IS FORGETING ONE SIMPLE RULE IN ALL THIS ..THE ICC IS THE BODY THAT'S RUNNING CRICKET.IF THEY DECIDE TO USE THE DRS SYSTEM ,NO MATTER WHAT THE BCCI OR DHONI SAYS ALL TEST MATCHES SHOULD BE PLAYED USING THE DRS .

  • shishirji on December 31, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    while technology may have its flaws....but it does help prevent atrocious decisons.the point is use the reviews wisely. Team india doesnt know when to use a review and eventually lose out on their qouta of reviews, case in point in is world cup, where viru wasted 2 reviews when he was plumb lbw both times, and he knew it. one of the best use of reviews was made by strauss in ashes down under last year, where he seemed to knew when to go for it ..........so instead of opposing tech., embrace it.it works for both teams, remember sachin' lbw against ajmal!!!!........ however icc should bear the expenses for whole technology and not leave it upto individual boards to do it only then one can expect uniform standards!!!!!!!

  • Manso on December 31, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    I still suggest, DRS shd be used, but with the Umpires deciding what is to be referred Upstairs. They hv to make decisions in ' split second'. If at the time of an appeal they hv confusions in thier minds, they shd refer it to 3rgd Umpire, discuss with him what the technology suggests, and what they saw/ think. Then make the decision.

    NO APPEALS ALLOWED TO THE PLAYERS. IF IN DOUBT, THE UMPIRES REFER, DISCUSS AND DECIDE.

  • bobmartin on December 31, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Many of those who are opposed to the use of the DRS consistently quote incidents of what they have perceived to be incorrect decisions when the DRS has been utilised, as evidence against the system. Since the DRS visuals and/or subsequent TV replays are the only source of this so-called evidence, aren't they just saying that they know better than the match officials. I wonder how many of those detractors are qualified umpires or fully understand the Laws and playing conditions to the same extent as do the ICC test match umpires. Judging by some of their comments, I would suggest very few if any of them are. It exemplifies perfectly the old adage: "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing"

  • St.as.ram.rod on January 2, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    agupta429: Come on man, get a grip... you gave one eg that 2.5m rule, and player can use it to trick umpires. Guy the rule states that if the ball hits the batsmen more than 2.5 m in front of the wickets then it is not out... Do you understand for a batsmen to practically get ahead 2,5m to get hit? either he needs to come down the wicket or lie down to play sweep... how can it be misused??? pls elaborate. And this rule too is there cause it is not possible as if a ball hits 2.5m in front n shows to go on to hit the stump, u need to be really hit on the ankles and then the hawkeye doesnt really take into account the pitch conditions... so it is not possible to guess the variable nature of pitch whether it will hit stump.. Dont say things for saying. evn ur argument of football, there is no misuse, the players dive to fool onfield referees nt TV replays.and if found guilty they do get retrospective bans. Use head nt closed heart for support of Dhoni and India.

  • St.as.ram.rod on January 2, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Its ok not to use DRS only if production houses on tv are banned from showing replays.. if umpires dont need them, we timepassers certainly dont deserve it.. its easy for us and commentators to pass on comments looking on the 30 replays.. lets go back to 30years back.. :)

  • kristee on January 2, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    You feel so bad when you see from just a normal replay that your favorite player is let down by a field umpire's reflexes. DRS reduces, if not eliminates, this happening. If some party thinks otherwise it means they imagine umpires are under pressure to favor them.

  • Johnny_129 on January 1, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Umpiring has always been an issue in cricket. The DRS adopts great technological advancement and, even if not perfect, is a huge improvement. Dhoni and the BCCI have shown India to be backward villagers, afraid to embrace technology. DRS is definitely an improvement from the old system where two old farts on the cricket feild kept making howlers after howlers. Now the howlers can be reviewed and overturned if required. PLEASE Mr. Dhoni and Team India accept the DRS because right now, not only are you losing matches but you are making us Indians look like cheats!

  • agupta429 on January 1, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    All these people criticizing India for not supporting DRS. Why should they???

    If the present form DRS continues, they will breed players training to take advantage of the Loopholes in DRS (2 metre hawk-eye rule, etc.). And when that happens, Cricket will be nothing but a boring version of Soccer where players train and practice faking on field injuries for fouls...

    To all those boards that support DRS technologies and take commission off it, tell them to fix it first.

    Getting out to an honest human error is Muchhh more livable and fair than not getting out because the batsman tricked the technology.

  • indianpunter on January 1, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    India's blind opposition to the DRS does not augur well for the greater good of the game. We have to move forwards and technology has to be embraced. This is my 2 cents. 1. Take out the predictive path. Only analyse what's already happened. ( ie, inside edge, pitching outside/ in line etc) 2. No game uses "prediction" for decisions ( in tennis they are tracking something thats already happened). Predictive pathway is flawed ( doesnt work if its too close or more than 2.5 m away, doesnt work in shade and is speculative). 3. Unless there is evidence to the contrary, the umpire's decision stands. That would mean that Hussey would be not out ( 1st inns) but Cowan would be out ( as there was a sound) 4. Alternatively, give it to the on field umpires to check marginal/ tough calls. ( this does have a potential to prolong the game though)

  • lugujaga on December 31, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    DHONI IS FORGETING ONE SIMPLE RULE IN ALL THIS ..THE ICC IS THE BODY THAT'S RUNNING CRICKET.IF THEY DECIDE TO USE THE DRS SYSTEM ,NO MATTER WHAT THE BCCI OR DHONI SAYS ALL TEST MATCHES SHOULD BE PLAYED USING THE DRS .

  • shishirji on December 31, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    while technology may have its flaws....but it does help prevent atrocious decisons.the point is use the reviews wisely. Team india doesnt know when to use a review and eventually lose out on their qouta of reviews, case in point in is world cup, where viru wasted 2 reviews when he was plumb lbw both times, and he knew it. one of the best use of reviews was made by strauss in ashes down under last year, where he seemed to knew when to go for it ..........so instead of opposing tech., embrace it.it works for both teams, remember sachin' lbw against ajmal!!!!........ however icc should bear the expenses for whole technology and not leave it upto individual boards to do it only then one can expect uniform standards!!!!!!!

  • Manso on December 31, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    I still suggest, DRS shd be used, but with the Umpires deciding what is to be referred Upstairs. They hv to make decisions in ' split second'. If at the time of an appeal they hv confusions in thier minds, they shd refer it to 3rgd Umpire, discuss with him what the technology suggests, and what they saw/ think. Then make the decision.

    NO APPEALS ALLOWED TO THE PLAYERS. IF IN DOUBT, THE UMPIRES REFER, DISCUSS AND DECIDE.

  • bobmartin on December 31, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Many of those who are opposed to the use of the DRS consistently quote incidents of what they have perceived to be incorrect decisions when the DRS has been utilised, as evidence against the system. Since the DRS visuals and/or subsequent TV replays are the only source of this so-called evidence, aren't they just saying that they know better than the match officials. I wonder how many of those detractors are qualified umpires or fully understand the Laws and playing conditions to the same extent as do the ICC test match umpires. Judging by some of their comments, I would suggest very few if any of them are. It exemplifies perfectly the old adage: "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing"

  • Philip_Gnana on December 31, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    100% correct? you must be joking. The umpires at the moment at looking out for a sound to give a batsman out? How stupid can that be in a stadium that is so noisy? Sounds can come in various ways, bat, pad, shirt, trouser, gloves, helmet, pitch etc. Umpires should be relying more on deviation and the snick as they see it. This had worked well until now when they are now looking intensely at the sound too. How wonderfully the run outs are now judged. You cannot blame the DRS system if the TV umpire has used wrong judgement too as it has happened in the past. A classic was when Asoka De Silva made a boo boo in having his own way and not using the evidence. So a 50% accurate umpire is better than a 90% accurate technology? One thing is for sure. Dhoni is not 100% accurate.

  • Harding119 on December 31, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Dhoni is not looking at the bigger picture along with the rest. They want to maintain the error prone system that is prevailing at the moment. Cricket has changed from its initial honest game to a business. To continue with blatant errors that are made is not right. What is better, to carry one with the incorrect decision of the umpire or to have to referred for a fairer verdict? Don't we use technology already in Cricket? If it is ok for technology to be used via biometrics surely we should be able to use the positives? It is rather strange that the Anti-DRS lobby seems to be coming only one section of the cricketing world. Having a better ratio of referral against unfair decisions is far better than to continue with the unfair decisions. Dhoni wants to live in the age of the dinosaurs like many other along with him

  • beakyjonjo on December 31, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    @jong-ho...the ignorance is yours my friend!! For over a hundred years the game has been played with the umpire on the field making the no - ball call without help from a third umpire reviewing it on tv. Suddenly we have this review system in which the umpires are reviewing wickets only for no balls, and only if they 'think' the bowler may have overstepped. Surely all wickets and all balls should be reviewed in case some are missed? What if a no ball is missed in a really close match? The reality is either the umpire should make the call at the time, or the third umpire should have more involvement. Dohni is an advocate for trusting the umpires and not using DRS. Yet he is quite happy to accept a flawed review system which has been introduced to cover umpire mistakes with no - balls, run outs etc...and this technology is not 100 percent accurate either. The bcci and dhoni either need to accept the DRS or advocate no review systems at all if they truly believe their own nonsense!!

  • on December 31, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    If the 3rd umpire is given the authority to give final out by seeing only the reply, it will reduce the error of edging LWB, catches contacking body, out in a no ball and almost 95% outs will be correct and there will be no need of so call DRS. Anyhow Indians are eating their own ash by refusing DRS in the Australia series!

  • atthipatti on December 31, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    I'm not for DRS, but will accept if Dhoni's captaincy be brought under DRS if possible or even under Lokpal!!!

  • Sageleaf on December 31, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    I think none of the Indians like DRS system. It's simple; when they toured Sri Lanka few years back most of the decisions went against them. The DRS system was right and they dislike it ever since that tour. It proved on their subsequent tours too. So no surprises here Indians dislike DRS system period. Why are they making a big fuss about when all the other nations welcome the DRS system? I think it benefits any team. So DRS system should be mandatory for all games. ICC should be stern about DRS system and makes it happen. Because India brings lot of revenue, doesn't mean they can rule the game and change things to suit their need. Come on India you guys have great cricketers and don't be a spoil sport, accept the DRS system.

  • jango_moh on December 31, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I would support DRS if they removed hotspot, im still ok with snicko... and it has to be the umpire's call, for eg: for an lbw, if umpire is not sure, then check upstairs esp if a player says he hit it... that way if he didnt hit it, he would turn out looking like an idiot..... and for lbw decisions, overturn lbws only if it turns out that it was pitching outside leg, or the batsman hit it... but not on predictive technology.... one computer model does not work on all kinds of pitches, and the umpire should be able to make that call....

  • jango_moh on December 31, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Most of you here are blaming BCCI and indian cricket fans and although bcci is arrogant, you got to look at some of the facts.. in england, hotspot missed a few obvious spots, and the umpire gave dravid out even though hotspot didnt show anything based on his judgement... and he was out!!! if we use that yardstick always, then we are good.... but that doesnt seem to be the case, esp with the commentators, its almost as if the companies that developed this have offered incentives to them to talk about this all the time.... and for those ignorant people who talk about umpire checking for noball, cmon man... thats a basic thing that the umpire wants to check, its not the same as DRS realtime.... where the batsman or bowler calls for it...

  • MiddleStump on December 31, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    No point in taking Dhoni seriously. For four days at the MCG the world took note of his decision making skills on the field. Same goes for his knowledge about the DRS.

  • Shareef_hyd on December 31, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    All Indian Team Members and become proudy, and now they are paying for that, this is the world of technology and complete world is accepting this, but these people are proving we are still from dark age. Dhoni and Co. should know that the margin of error by using this technology is less than necked eye, and technology will not make any decesion on partiality basis in some cases may umpire does, that's way these nuteral umpires are introduce. As we all know this technology brought so much interest in the game. My opinion is ICC should make same rules for the all the games played under the bannar of ICC.

  • kristee on December 31, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Most importantly, the spectator gets some confidence that he's not served with too many howlers. I suspect some edgy customers, lbw candidates, and vociferous appealers backed by the crowd, find it convenient without it. No qualms, still after a batter's career was precariously threatened. And their strategy is working, as anticipated by them. Anyway, consolatingly, they still end up losing most of the time when it really counts.

  • Ameega on December 31, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    @gilly_danda, that is because, you are playing with other national teams. We do not worry if you do not use DRS in a match you play against your own B team. However I salute the Indian fans commenting here supporting DRS.

  • on December 31, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    I completely disagree with bias Sidarth for his write-up. He suggested that India could have won the match if there were to be the DRS system. How? 2 decisions againts top class batsmen in Autralia's first innings, Ashwin's not out decision in India's first inings. Hussey's LBW decision would have gone in the batsman's favour as the field umpire's decision would have stayed as the benefit of doubt. I think Autralia would have won the match by a bigger margin had there was DRS system.

  • RasCric on December 31, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Use of DRS and perfection of technology are two different things. Even a normal cvamera can show inside edge on the pad to revert a LBW. Why oppose the system just because some reviews didnt go your way?

  • landl47 on December 31, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Dhoni's argument makes no sense. Let's say the umpires get 90% of the close decisions right. With technology it jumps to 95%. Yet Dhoni says that if technology is not 100% he prefers to have 90% of decisions right instead of 95%. If a schoolboy gave that answer in a logic test, he'd fail. The answer is simple- leave it to the umpires. The players appeal and that's it. The on-field umpires make the decision and, if they need help, they refer it to the third umpire. That's exactly what happens now in run-outs, stumpings, no-balls and catches which might not have carried. Having the players guess whether they should use the DRS is not necessary. Just let the umpires do their job, using technology where they think it's helpful. It's time for the ICC to show some leadership on this. How can anyone, whether it be Dhoni, the BCCI or anyone else, object to leaving it to the umpires?

  • on December 31, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    @thesaneone: during the test match, ch9 took the viewer up in to the DRS room. They showed images from a high speed camera (220fps) which tracked the movement of the ball from bowler to batsman. It takes at least half a second for a quick bowler to reach the batsman, meaning at least 110 frames per delivery, meaning the ball's movement is tracked every 18cm at most. There are at least two cameras tracking the ball to create a reliable 3D image. Clearly this method overcomes pitches of variable bounce and turn because each ball is tracked individually. If it skids through or steeples, it's tracked. The number of frames from one end of the pitch to the other determines the speed of the ball. Factor in gravity (a simple calculation) and you have a very reliable system. Remember that the ball has already been tracked for 90% of its journey. At 220fps, the error in predicting the last 10% is negligible.

  • himanshu.team on December 31, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    To Mitcher: on the 2008 series, India's objection to umpiring was more from the perspective that the umpire in question was biased against them. There were not just one or two decisions going wrong. Ironically almost all of those went against only one team. that can not be swept under the carpet saying they were genuine errors. What Dhoni is saying here if that if the umpires make genuine mistakes then he is fine with it. Even Clarke said the same. All Clarke wanted ICC to do was to be consistent. There should not be different rules in different matches depending on who is playing whom. Both are justified and given this situation, unless ICC can compel BCCI and other boards to use DRS they should put it in a cold box altogether.

  • sarathy_m2 on December 31, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    India gambled with DRS in its earlier review experiences and didnt get more positive results in its way, so they blame DRS now. And, jealous against those who get better results with DRS.

    Now India tells the system is imperfect and others are not using in spirit of the game. Actually, India didnt use DRS in spirit of the game and gambled, so they got poor results from it.

  • on December 31, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    There shouldn't be any excuse for not using DRS. Mr. Dohni knows that if DRS were used in last test match......the matches would be over within three days. Umpires did some crucial mistakes and it went to Indian favor....thats why Mr.Dhoni defending umpires now. ICC should announce the DRS should be mandatory for every games. If India doesn't like it, they could have options on their soil. We want cricket more fast and modern.

  • rdkpunter on December 31, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    its funny isn't it.MS says wrong decisions are part of game.its means that he is hoping for some umpiring issues will win them a match.that means he has no faith in his team.or what?in 2008 they shouting about the wrong decisions cost them a test match.now there back in australia & they are not to use the DRS system.what if the same thing happen in here like 2008.are they going to point the fingre to officials.dont you dare to do that.b'cos fault is yours.use the DRS OR RUN AWAY FROM AUSSIES.AND HIDE IN YOUR DEN.FACE THE TRUTH.DON'T MAKE PEOPLE TO LAUGH TO YOUR FACE INTHE END OF THIS TOUR.

  • on December 31, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    Dhoni's firm decision not to support DRS system needs all sort of Praise,the system itself is nothing but mocking at the white coats in the middle who were the judges until recently since the Game of Cricket had come into effect . In olden days when even helmets weren't in the game ,the Umpires decision was the final.there was not even to proceedure of referring to the third umpire those days since TV was not very popular But whether Dhoni agrees to DRS or not makes no difference as far the her ilia task of winning a series in Australian soil would continue to be a Democles Sword unless Indian Batting and Bowling simultaneously become effective while playing abroad, SreedharanMundanat

  • mfer on December 31, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    We know who shouts when a marginal decision given against India..and we know who gets more decisions in favor of them from umpires.. Technology will never be perfect but its far more fair than any human being..SO people who are against it need to get on with it rather than giving lame excuses.

  • nasshhh on December 31, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    Im totally in favor of the DRS system and im an indian! DRS is definitely not perfect but makes more sense! Take the example of the first test....more than 8 decisions cld have been over turned by the DRS ....out of which only 1 or 2 decisions wr quite unclear even with DRS...but the other 5 to 6 decisions cld have been easily over turned! When u have such a large number of dubious decisions in just a single match...DRS makes sense! Also it will help in making the umpires not look like jokers as every decision is being replayed with hot spot and eagle eye for all the viewers at home and in the ground!

  • johntycodes on December 31, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    Dhoni doesn't make any sense at all because forget about decisions being 100% with DRS at the moment the umpires are getting only about 50% right as it is. So dhoni would rather having more wrong decisions during matches because india have always and will continue to over appeal and the umpires get intimidated in to giving india wickets like we saw in the first match especially at home.

  • on December 31, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    It's quite simple- DRS isn't perfect, but it helps make MORE correct decisions, and therefore helps get nearer to the 100% perfection Dhoni demands. Remember Harbajan Singh bieng given out LBW to Stuart Broad at Trent Bridge this year? I do, I was there- as joyous as it was to celebrate Broad's 'hat-trick', it was somewhat soured when I found out Harbajan had edged the ball onto his pads. DRS would have stopped that happening, and I say this as an England fan.

  • on December 31, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    I am a big fan of MS Dhoni now. People have accepted umpiring decisions for over 100 years. No one gives a rat's backside of how knowing he has made a mistake (even if it is a 50/50 one and not a howler) is going to effect the umpires for the rest of the match. I think we saw a couple of decisions not given because the umpire was not 100 percent sure or wasn't 100 percent confident of his ability to give a decsion. This is the issue I have with DRS is that 50/50 decisions can be overturned, which will affect the umpires' confidence all of them. They are made to look totally foolish and stressed out. I am sorry but if you want better umpires , please take it out of the players hand and let the two on field umpires and the third umpire work as a team and only change a decision if it is a howler not a 50 50. We are running short of umpires anyway, let alone Aleem Dar and Simon Taufel umpires. I think and has anyone bothered to think what this is doing to junior level umpires/players?

  • wmg28 on December 30, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    I am sure DRS will never be 100% accurate, however in this Melbourne Test alone there were enough decisions that could have been overturned without controversy. Of course every now and then there will be difficult calls to make that will cause dispute but that will be reduced to one or two decisions per series, rather than one or two per innings. Dhoni's argument is like the guy who says I don't wear a seat belt because I know someone who was once trapped because they were using it. DRS solves more problems than it creates and it makes no sense not to use it. Let's all hope nothing silly happens next time Tendulkar is on 99, because that's all we can do. hope.

  • on December 30, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    @Nampally: I dont think it is only snicko and hot spot that are doubtful. If anything snicko is better than hawk-eye. I am sure BCCI will be fine with DRS as long as reliable methods are used. Why not third umpire just review the decision in super slow motion video and give his feedback to the umpire? Why cant this be initiated by the field umpire when he is in doubt and take this away from the batsman? There is clearly an assumption that when a batsman reviews a caught behind decision he must not have nicked in (KP against Dhoni @ Lords). The same decision was given in favor of the fielding side against Dravid when Hot spot did not register a nick. This is an example of what Dhoni would call "adulteration of tech with human intervention". ICC can take the initiative and lay down the rules. The last I checked ICC did not leave this as a democratic decision so if BCCI has the right to veto, it is correct in exercising its right.

  • beakyjonjo on December 30, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    The Indiana benefited from a reviewed no ball against Dravid in which he was clean bowled only for it to be overturned on review for siddle marginally overstepping. Surely if the umpires are " to be trusted" reviewing wickets to see if a no ball has occurred is essentially a DRS decision in real terms? If we are arguing against the DRS, and that umpiring mistakes have always been part of the game, then why should we allow no balls to be reviewed and nothing else?

  • Mitcher on December 30, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Oh, the sweet, delicious irony. If only the Indians had accepted the umpires' decision back in '08. We probably wouldn't even have a DRS. Instead they behaved like petulant toddlers, threatening to go home early. Then having their board character assassinate a 100-test veteran umpire. I bet bucknor wishes they'd 'accepted the umpires' decision'.

  • spinkingKK on December 30, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    @shamlaatu has pointed out right. India will definitely agree with the DRS if only Australia has been allowed to reveiw their decisions. In otherwords, India should understand that it is a previlege to use the DRS and it should be treated so. I do agree with DRS protesters that the Hawk-eye is wrong many times. I beleive Hawk-eye is tracking the ball direction wrong after the ball had hit the pad. A classic example is the Cowan LBW in the second innings. It was prettey clear that the ball was going to hit the stumps. But, because of the foot movement when the ball hit the pads, the ball changed its direction upwards. Hawk-eye seems to follow the ball in that direction and showing that the ball was just clipping the bail at the corner of off-stump. So, if Cowan reveiwed it, he could have got another life. Therefore, I beleive, in reviewing the decisions, the third umpire has to look into possible errors in the technology and make a correct decision.

  • on December 30, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    What the Indian team would have given for DRS with all those grassed catches in Sydney 2008... How they whined bitterly about the umpiring then.

    The opposition to DRS is so utterly illogical. But you can't reason with people who continually argue with facts.

  • Nampally on December 30, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Technology is being used either fully or partially in all big professional leagues. In Tennis it is the most dominant. Why waste the Technology if it exists even in half baked condition - use only the reliable part & let the other part develop. Right now only the hot spot & snickometer are dubious. For all other decisions it proved reliable within certain restrictions such as 2.5 meter rule for LBW's.Even in the existing form it is better than umpires missing out 3 LBW OUTS just on Ponting & Hussey alone in a single innings. But Dhoni has other more urgent issues to think & plan incl. his own Captaincy errors.He has got to work on improving his leadership skills to get the maximum out of his famed batting,find a substitute for Gambhir who is like an alcohol addict in chasing balls wide outside off stump.DRS should be last on his list of priorities.Even on DRS why doesn't BCCI accept the reliable part of the technology? ICC must make it mandatory and end this futile debate on DRS.

  • Nishat_India on December 30, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    @cricketisagame: Why do you need a hotspot when flakes of bat are falling off due to contact with the ball? Is that not enough evidence? Hotspot is one means of finding the right decision and not the only one.

  • jiggspk on December 30, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Dhoni should backs his team to perform well instead of umpires over DRS. If there is something wrong with DRS, its for all, not only for India.

  • cricpolitics on December 30, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    It is nonsense to think that technology should only be used when it is hundred percent. There is no such thing as perfect in this imperfect world. The whole point is to minimize the mistakes which DRS does very well.

  • on December 30, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    "If it is not 100% I will still go with the umpires. " - does Dhoni not realise that this is exactly what DRS does. It is there to remove the bad decisions, if there is any doubt the benefit of it is given to the umpire.

  • StatisticsRocks on December 30, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Look we r not agnst DRS as it sounds. Technology is the way to go but pl help me understand the logic behind only 3 reviews / team(per inning not sure?). I understand we cannot have unlimited reviews or else we will need 15 day test matches instead of 5-day test matches. Don't u think there sould be atleast 1 review per batsmen. Isn't this more logical. Also if we feel DRS is the way to go are we ready to replace UMPS with

  • ROXSPORT on December 30, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    The whole point against DRS is being missed by all. BCCI, or India, is not against the use of technology to minimize errors. Indeed, they are all for it. Witness India being the first nation to try out the use of the third umpire with Sachin becoming the first player given out by the third umpire. Again India first tried the DRS against Sri Lanka when it was in its infancy. The thing with DRS is the 2 referral clause. Why only 2 referrrals & why not the third umpire acting on his own to rule-out howlers like the Hussey caught behind in the second innings ??? Border-line decisions like the Hussey dismissal in the first innings be left to the on-field umpires.

  • ROXSPORT on December 30, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    In the second innings, I thought Dhoni missed a trick by not coming out to bat ahead of Kohli. He should have come out earlier to either play a few shots or play out a few overs while allowing frayed nerves to quieten in the dressing room.

  • shamlaatu on December 30, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    If technology is all what it is then in all honesty Dhoni should not ask for run out and stumping review either! But I tell you how can you put an end to it. Let Australia use DRS in the series cuz they want it, and let India NOT use DRS since they are against it, and then see how quickly Dhoni, the entire Indian team and the BCCI bow to DRS in matter of seconds.

  • Alexk400 on December 30, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    It is actually simple to understand why dhoni is against it. Dhoni lacks tactical brain to use DRS and he rely on luck and charisma as a leader. if things go against him , he can blame the umpires for any loss. with technology you can't hide behind anything. Everyone transparent including technology ,so everything constantly can evolve. There is nothing in the world absolute. DRS always have some error percentage. What i want though , DRS should not involve players but coaches. I want players to play cricket not spend time how to appeal when to appeal. UDRS is currently designed bad. Also technology issues should not be part of rule system. Third umpire has to make his own judgement call. His job is not make a decision on his own , more of any apparent mistake by field umpires. People always going to be disagree with things. But technology assist in making more correct decision and it can evolve as well. BCCI do not want UDRS because it allows sachin to get benefit of the doubt chance.

  • Synex_SL on December 30, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    come on umps make some howlers against india and Dhoni will be running towards the DRS. Would like to see a same SCG test with the mistakes this time and then will see how his rely on the umpire stands. For me india don't use the DRS coz its advantageous for them to pressurize the ump and get the marginal call or the odd howler along the way.

  • on December 30, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Dhone backs upmpires yet when they are wrong againt his team, they are forced to not umpire in their future series, Example being steve Bucknor who made a few wrong decisions against Indian team.

  • urfather on December 30, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Hussey would have played in the 1st innings had there been DRS. Cowan would have played in both innings had there been DRS. That would have meant a healthy lead for australia. So, Mr. Sidharth Monga stop saying that India would have won the match had there been the DRS in place. Decisions were, equally, in favour of both the teams but some were more critical for Australia than India.

  • CricketingStargazer on December 30, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    It's curious. If cost is the consideration, TV coverage is expensive, but is obligatory in all international fixtures (even the official ODIs between the top Associates). Why not do away with TV coverage too on cost grounds??? After all, it's not 100% accurate either ;-).

  • on December 30, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    He supports the umpires errors but when decisions dont go his way india has teh umpires removed from their future games. Steve bucknor one example

  • on December 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    If Indian hate DRS so much why was Kohli standing around when he was plumb LBW and given out?

  • cricketisagame on December 30, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    This article is one sided. When Siddle edged, flakes of wood came out from the bat but there was no hotspots. If there was DRS and Siddle wanted to chnallemge the umpire's decision, based on hotspot, the third umpire might have overturned the original decision.

  • swervin on December 30, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    the technology may not be perfect but it definitely reduces the mistakes and the disputes and the subjectivity

    It is in the interests of the game and all of the players and the fans to have results that are without one side feeling like they were stiffed (which actually happens in any reasonably close game)...it also means fewer excuses when a team loses (and maybe fewer runs for batsmen we will see)...i don't understand the objection...particularly from indians given their complaints in the previous series in aust... good luck to india in the next test anyway...look forward to the day when umpires are not necessary at all - maybe that is not that far away...

  • stark-truth on December 30, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Indian stance would have been tenable IF umpires on-field would have been more "perfect" than what perfection India demands of the DRS system. Simply put, DRS does away with majority of the on-field umpiring mistake, so enforcing it is the just and fair way forward. Nothing is perfect and to ask for perfection is merely dithering on the matter and running away from accepting that technology at disposal is far superior than the human faculties.

  • soobs on December 30, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    No technique is 100% perfect..that's why multiple techniques are used to come to a same conclusion..however it is the umpires decision that should be with held if there is no conclusion evidence from the technology...lets consider this situation..a batsman is given out caught behind...hot spot doesn't show any edge...and (i) if slow motion camera show anything conclusive to show the ball has touched a batsman's sleeve or thigh or the batsman has hit the ground..then the umpires decision should be reversed... (ii) if neither of them show anything conclusive then in spite of hot spot not showing any nicks the UMPIRES DECISION SHOULD BE WITH HELD...

    Take home point is...Technology should be used to get conclusive evidence to over turn umpired decision...

  • CaptJackSparrow98 on December 30, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    so 70% (umpire) accuracy is better than 95% (DRS)?? I thought Indians were good at math. If indians dont want to use DRS, fine, but australia should be allowed to use DRS in the same match... its only fair!!

  • AneYakko on December 30, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Dhoni:

    Do you want Umpires support to win matches?

    Nothing in this world is PERFECT. Be WISE. Be FAIR.

  • bobmartin on December 30, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    @Ryan Jesus Chitty... "The inconsistency is part of the game, and although maybe not in the same innings, match or even a whole series; 'what goes around, comes around' for all cricketers, and we know it!".. Not at all. I'm afraid that what we should all bear in mind is that although an incorrect decision sometimes goes for you and sometimes against you, each one just adds to the total of wrong decisions.

  • byka on December 30, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Is DRS not taking fun and Excitement out of Cricket and a day will come when the cricket stadiu will be bugged with lot of cameras and there won't be any onfield umpires(which will be very sad) Look at football, they were calls about goal line technology for years(which is a good technology and very obvious one). There are people who support it and against it. What we have to make sure is very are playing a game and mistakes/misfortunes are part of game and the emphasis should on providing maximum entertainment and excitement to the spectator(rather than have a drama for every decision made on field).

  • AnotherCricketer on December 30, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    THE BIG IDEA IS TO ACHIEVE CONSISTENCY, and the accuracy is a subjective instrument that will continue to mature with time. As accurate as it can be, DRS technology is as impartial a system that can be implemented. DRS won't favor any one team more than the other. And even while the DRS technology is in use, the umpires continues to function normally. Therefore, the DRS+umpires is BETTER than umpires_only. There is nothing worse than a game lost because the umpire, being a human, made a mistake. Loose a game that way in a round-robin league, not as big a problem. Loose a final in a big tournament due to an inadvertent officiating mistake and the fans will be licking their wounds for eternity. Let's make DRS mandatory part of cricket.

  • thesaneone on December 30, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    how does the ball tracking actually work?

  • keencricketer on December 30, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    What is this fuss over DRS? Its the same for both teams. So, why complain. Also, there were poor decisions in 2008, which the hosting team did not complain about. So, let there be more comfort with it and until such time we cant let the faulty machine decide the fate of a very close series...

  • on December 30, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    DRS will help umpires make few errors than with out. At present technology is used in every aspect of our lives, simply because it improves our life standard. Dhoni's insistence that he will not use DRS makes India look primitive. All sports all over the world not only cricket , use technology to improve the game's standard. Dhoni's argument against DRS reminds me of the opponents of "printing press" when printing press was invented the opponents argued that people will stop learning if every thing is available in print! Why is he then using an improved batting kit, keeping gloves etc why not use the traditional type bats used by likes of Sobers, Gavaskar, Hanif Mohamed, why use the helmet while batting???? All these changes were adapted to help improve the game. Dhoni say yes to technology & make India proud.

  • on December 30, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    I don't think we should start supporting DRS just because we could have won a test match, BCCI should not be so adamant about not using it without suggesting any alternatives. What happens if sachins next ton was stopped by a bad decision, DRS removes "what if" questions to a certain extent, LBW decisions should be with the umpires esp. padding up cannot be reviewed.

  • Nampally on December 30, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    DRS will never be 100% correct but far more reliable than umpiring decisions. Dhoni is in dreamland if he is looking for 100% accurate technology. If Hot spot is an issue & the rest of the DRS is acceptable, then proceed with it. Hussey was Out twice LBW & Ponting was out once LBW according to the above report - both in the second innings. These 2 guys got 150 of the Aussie total. Who has lost more due to DRS being absent? INDIA.I support DRS being accepted Minus the Hot spot - work in progress. Umpiring is always inferior to DRS. That will be a fact always.It is best if Dhoni stops his statements calling for consistency in Indian batting, DRS not acceptable or finishing the tailenders.They are factual but better to "Walk the Talk".No one needs to remind the Indian fans that the top 6 batsmen between them got only 63 runs while the bottom 5 got 91 in 2nd innings.Dhoni instead must address consistent failures of Gambhir, Laxman, Kohli & himself in both the innings.WHY+corrective actions

  • on December 30, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Why does india always think backward? i understand that they take advantage of umpires wrong decision all the time.. but come on , we are living in 2012 for gods sake , learn to embrace technology.

  • emailrick on December 30, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    I dont know what you guys are cribbing about. I think Dhoni was absolutely right in saying that ,If we know the technology is flawed then why use it. If it had been used then India would have won the game.Just stop cribbing people and enjoy the game.

  • Stark62 on December 30, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Computers aren't complete either because anyone could hack us and we could get a virus but does that mean we should stop using them?

  • rocknroll123 on December 30, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    ICC should implement DRS. Technology is the part of modern sport and it can only improve if ICC implement it. Even with new technology we wont get 100 percent results. Its not about getting 100 percent results, its about consistency. Sooner or later DRS will be implemented and will erase umpiring issues. My friend Dhoni just don't waste your time talking about technology and focus on your batting.

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    India should use DRS. Nothing wrong in it. The day when Indian batsman get out on wrong decision then only we cry for DRS. This time it was for Aus. But what will happen when Sachin or Dravid gets out on wrong decision. Then only we understand the use of DRS. I am waiting for that day and Indian media response for the same.

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Umpires plus tech are more accurate than umpires only. Plus, the floodgates are open. We can't pretend the tech doesn't exist when the millions of fans watching get to see it on TV every match. Makes a mockery of the game when every duff decision is dissected whilst the sport's authorities are dithering due to a certain board living in the dark age.

  • on December 30, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    be careful india ,a another 4 whitewash ahead

  • Nishat_India on December 30, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    By using DRS you will make more correct decisions than the on field umpires. The logic used by Dhoni saying mistakes are a part of the game is really stupid. If mistakes are a part of the game then DRS making a rare mistake is better than the on field umpire's regular mistakes. In the first inning Ashwin was plumb LBW and was given not-out by the umpire. If we had used DRS we would have got one more correct decision.

  • S.Alis on December 30, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    "India will not support the DRS until they are convinced that the technology is 100% perfect" ..........

    What a funny statement by Dhoni... :D ... is there a technology 100% perfect? i would love to see that.

  • look_nah on December 30, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    dhoni will come around to accepting drs when he is starved for runs and a few bad umpiring decisions go against him. he will be jolted into reality then but meanwhile let us just accept that his explanation of why drs should not be used is amateurish at best. he should stick to playing cricket and let others do the administration. he comes of as being somewhat arrogant an totally misguided.

  • AriGold on December 30, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    The guy who captains the biggest accusers of umpires on field ( kohli, harbajan, mishra etc) taking the umpires side just cos his board says so.. its ridiculous mate.. just decipline your players first to respect the umpires, or else these will be crocodile tears..

  • sairamama on December 30, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    mr. dhoni instead of commenting about drs and stuff plz work on ur batting.....there r no reliable batsman except the 3 old heroes sachin, dravid, laxman......even ashwin bats better than u

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    this is ludacris, it simply goes back to india's original fear of not knowing when to use the DRS system! it was orignally used between sri lanka and india, lanka got the better of them using the DRS hence the wary attitudes now from players and the BCCI. guys, get with the times, next india will asking the world to prepare flat pitches due to their inability to handle bounce or better yet play all their matches at home!

  • Rockwin on December 30, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    The younger generation love technology. It is a basic part of life. Most sports use technology in making their decisions. It offers the least possibility of mistakes. If we support DRS it will continue to improve. Umpires are as good as they can get. On TV we all see the DRS decision including the Indians. If the umpires don't use it it will undermine them. If the Indian authorities don't agree they will lose their credibility. Cricket is a great game it needs to live in the present!

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    @Harry Oberoi: did you watch the match? Tendulkar was giving out LBW on 23 by Ajmal's arm ball, decision was only turned down by UDRS.

  • cric4lyf on December 30, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    dhoni backs umpire becoz most of the time india take advantage of wrong decision.if DRS will b use then india will b rank 6-7 in world

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Dhoni makes a great argument from an empirical point of view. However, international cricket is a spectator sport - the public keep the contests alive by buying tickets - so they should be able to enjoy the drama of a referral. Players can't have it all their own way, and they have to appreciate who pays their wages! Furthermore, to quote the article, which international umpires "have acted just on the sound" when considering a caught behind descision?! That is ridiculous!! An umpire makes the decision if they are 100% sure, no less. The inconsistency is part of the game, and although maybe not in the same innings, match or even a whole series; 'what goes around, comes around' for all cricketers, and we know it!

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    This is totally unacceptable from Dhoni. He should apologize to Harper for his comments earlier this year. I genuinely understand Dhoni supporting umpires but he has to be consistent with his comments. Earlier this year was not 10 years ago to forget what he said. I still do not understand why our Team India does not support UDRS. I think ICC should take a hard stance on this and have a uniform policy for all nations. India would have won this game had there been UDRS involved. If not, the margin of defeat would also have been very less and would have been a tight test match for the Aussies. Anyway, they made a decision and now ICC should act for future series.

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    No technology is perfect in this world. Dhoni's logic would take us to stone age if we leave technologies which are not perfect.

  • on December 30, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Where are software guru's of India? Why no one is coming in front to make it possible for Dhoni and BCCI that no software is 100% accurate and can never be. There are always loop holes and that is why you have something called software versions which are there to plug those wholes along with introducing new features. Heck even if you follow waterfall development still there is no chance of getting everything right 100%. Heck the IBM mainframes which are considered Rasputin's of server industry as you drown then, drag them, kick them in the guts still they work but yet they are not 100% either only 99% and some odd change. Now ask me why they can't be 100% ? Because software is built by human's which are also not 100%, closest thing you got was Einstein perhaps but even he was stuck on some things for life and suffered with personal life issues as well.

    BCCI and Dhoni has to realize that although the software can't be 100% there should be acceptable rate set which is not 100%.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 30, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    I'm with you on this Dhoni. Well said. You must have earned a lot of respect from the umpires for the way you understood them and backing them. Proud of you Dhoni. Good luck for the SCG test.

  • crazier on December 30, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    the only thing i would like to tell in all this is if the oppostion want drs then they should agree india otherwise they should not play against them, when all the other nations want drs india have to take it. or otherwise keep on playing ipl for whole year...........

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Bad decions must never be part of the game ! Whenever there is a better standardto upgrade umpiring one should go for it; As long as it is consistent and uniform across the board. This will add more integrity to the game especially in an era where there are so many lbws.

  • Amol_Gh on December 30, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    As an Indian, I would say: I can understand that no technology is perfect so I have my doubts about the speed machine. But the Hot-Spot, I think is flawless and should be accepted by all teams. And actually the DRS is good too,What's wrong in challenging a possible human error by a machine. At least the extent of error by the machine will be lesser and the result will be more accurate than the humans. To not accept those Techs is really strange on part of BCCI.

  • simpleguy2008 on December 30, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Dhoni right now doesnt know when and how to use UDRS

  • yasir_leo on December 30, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    india makes records only in home ground indian players are not capable to defeat australia in Australian grounds so to hide these things MS Dhoni giving this childish statment..

  • cricketdebator on December 30, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    It is accepted that the technology is not 100% correct, but the same is true regarding the umpire. And, whereas I can understand some of the points he has made, clearly Dhoni is missing the main point which is:- Technology is never meant to undermine or replace the umpire, but rather to assist him in making the right decision. The use of DRS is clearly an improvement in the sport and I see no reason why it should not be made mandatory. It might also be useful to get the imput of the World's Umpiring Body on this issue.

  • Philip_Gnana on December 30, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    It is better to be 50% right than be 100% wrong. The DRS offers a far better chance getting fairer decision than the umpires. They are human and will let emotions, physical conditions, surroundings, occasions, bullying etc affect them. They do not have the benefit of the slow motion replays. Things have changed since cricket became part of the entertainment industry and ceased to be the gentleman's game. No one walks (apart from a very few). There was no need for reviews for caught behind, bat pad decisions etc as the cricketers (sportsmen) always walked. Now they are no longer cricketers nor sportsmen but professional entertainers. Money is the root of all evil. And India has the money. Dhoni is only protecting India's interest and not Cricket's. Get a life MS Dhoni. Wake up to the real world. Phil Gnana, Surrey

  • beezoe on December 30, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Someone explain the meaning of accuracy to the captain. In practical cases, statistically that is, accuracy is not measured on a 100/100 basis. The DRS has to be be judged on an acceptable confidence interval out of which it will be deemed accurate. Denial would only add to the conspiracy that they want to hide their weaknesses!

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    If you take umpires out of ganme (intentional wrong decesions), how will India win in India this much ? Win margin will go down by 50% and Dhoni knows this well. He is just trying to protecting what he got .. i am sure he knows he sounds stupid :)

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I think Dhoni's just taking the official Indian line on this, since he's captain. Even Blind Fred can see that the technology is NEVER going to be 100% correct. If the umpires' mistakes are ok by Dhoni, then why, for God's sakes, shouldn't the DRS be used? Its time the ICC told India DRS or else! We can't be held to ransom just because of one team!!

  • on December 30, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Not only Harper but also Bucknor. Flexing of muscles against the umpires but unwilling to provide them with the tools. Cowan was given out twice when I think it was questionable. Had it been India they would have asked for the umpire to be removed from officiating in the rest of the series. So although Australia are the home team India gets the benefit of the doubt without the technology.

  • ajayrcs on December 30, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Wrong decision of Umpires favoured India not Australia. Dhoni obviously going to back Umpires. Most amazing thing about last match was Cowan was not out both the innings and Australia got all out in each innings.

  • Kays789 on December 30, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    what absolute hypocritical comments by this guy! does he not remember his scathing attack on daryl harper only a few months ago?? so the umpiring errors werent okay then?? just admit the fact that indians have never been competent with using the technology! the technology will probably never be 100% accurate. but as long as it improves on what is on offer at the present theres simply no logic behind refusing it.

  • AsadCricFan on December 30, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    "wrong decisions are a part of the game" what a completely useless and weak argument. Bad umpiring has fueled cricket controversies and marred the beautiful game over the ages and yes it is a part of the game, but a part that needs to be eradicated as soon as possible. It's about time ICC stepped in and did what they are hired to do, and made DRS compulsory on ALL cricket matches be it ODIs, T20s and definitely tests. The "its not 100% accurate" argument is another that makes no sense at all. Yes its not 100% but its way more accurate than an umpire will ever be. Umpires are not 100% accurate either should we just ditch umpires all together? The only reasonable logic I can come up with on BCCIs stance is the fact that DRS won't allow batsmen to hide behind the "benefit of the doubt" and India being a batting heavy side, they would want cricket to be as batsmen friendly as possible. That is the only logic I can extract from BCCIs truly puzzling logic.

  • simpleguy2008 on December 30, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    I am really not happy with dhoni comments i really request all the indian fans and other fans please support UDRS

  • on December 30, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Listening to the argument of Dhoni and by extension the BCCI the DRS should be used because it's not 100% accurate just baffles me. It just sets the standard for the refusal of the DRS no matter what. Tell me what in life is 100% accurate? If technology was 100% fullproof the world would have no problems.Is the umpire's lbw call more accurate than the technology? We already see the effect on the field with the excessive appealing knowing that the umpires can be put under immense pressure. Then non use of the reviews favors the higher ranked team and puts the umpire under more pressure to get the decisions right. With or without it though, cricket will still go on.

  • on December 30, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    very well said by shuvo_bba...its quite ok DRS is not 100% but on the other hand umpires are so....

  • sal485 on December 30, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Now Dhoni is considering umpires errors as human errors.were steve buckner and harper not umpires.Indians would do anything to get their favour.

  • OT12 on December 30, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    If you cannot adopt to the changes in your profession you are consider to be old fashioned and very soon lay off from your job that what is happening with India, I think they are more focusing on off field issues then in field issues. DRS or No DRS India should look to play cricket only, when all other teams in the world are OK with it then why to create an issue. I think its time for ICC to step in and say listen this thing is mandatory so take it and play.

  • PanGlupek on December 30, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    @Gopalakrishnan Balasubramanian Do you seriously think the cost of implementing DRS bothers the BCCI?! If this was seriously a problem, other nations may be more dubious, but in general, everyone supports it (except the richest one).

  • on December 30, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Look lets face it, Dhoni is a canny guy and he knows which side his bread is buttered- whichever side the BCCI tells him its buttered. Kermit the frog has more free will to comment than he does. And for the record, @Gopalakrishnan Balasubramanian,if cost is an issue perhaps you'd like to explain why only the richest cricketing nation is the one holding out against it???

  • shuvo_bba on December 30, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Ugh! What a low-life speech again? Even if UDRS is not 100% right..it may be 95 %, 90%...even may be 60% right. Don't they dare to think that? Even 60% is right...then the right portions come out as bigger & then we could say that the rest are unlucky... But is it hell logical to finish things off even you get it right for bigger proportions for sure or every cricket nations are supporting it?????? I don't think the "India-taken" ICC have the balls to even think over that! the truth lies here.......:-(

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    To UDRS or Not to UDRS?" is a question plaguing the cricketing world. In a time of technological innovation we would all think that anything that can make the game error free ( or so it seems) would be welcomed, but guess again, apparently one big elephant from the pack wants to have nothing to do with it. The UDRS has already had an impact and has saved multitudes of batsmen and bowler alike from the wratch of many a horrendous umpiring decision. I particularly remember one fortunate Pakistani batsmen evading a king pair in England, he probably sings hyms in its praise.

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    DRS Has its own advantages and disadvantage. Wrong decisions must not be be a part of game, To oppose wrong decisions DRS has proven it's self. And i suggest DRS should be carried on.

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    One thing everyone seems to be missing out is the huge cost of using DRS - somewhere around 50-60 K USD per match. Test Cricket is already a dying game and there is no way you could find a sponsor unless it involves the big teams...

  • malsi on December 30, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Dhoni first should know how to use the reviews, he is the worst captain on using DRS.. lol. DRS is the way to go, it is there to help umpires and not to critsize them with their decissions. If the technology is there - why not use it - is it 100% accurate? may be not but I would say 95% accurate - DRS had turned many many bad decissions in to correct ones in the past. All tha games should use DRS and there should be no choice - of course if the money permits ...

    Harsh, BCCI please accept your captain sucks in using the reviews ..... Except BCCI and Dhoni, everybody is in favour of DRS and that says something ....

  • md111 on December 30, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    I certainly think the DRS needs to be standardised. I know you get different conditions from country to country but it almost feels like different rules depending what you have. Personally i'd like to see the concentration go into LBWs and then build it up from there. India certainly are dragging their heels on this but it's also not been dealt with particularly well.

  • shillingsworth on December 30, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Nice to see Dhoni backing the umpires. If he genuinely believes what he is now saying, perhaps he should apologise to Harper for his comments earlier in the year.

  • abs.liton on December 30, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    It is really joke comment of Indian captain MS Dhoni. May be the DRS system is not 100% right, but you can't say the DRS system is 100% wrong. At least 60% right decision can be hoped from DRS system.... then why don't u wanna use it? Actually India believe in superstition as they have suffered in England for wrong decisions on DRS system... but you should understand that that was only a series which is past but how do u think that it could be in every series?? I think if India does not support DRS system, then we can say they don't support field umpires also.So I think ICC is just a doll of BCCI, if it is not then why can't ICC run this system in India's matches whereas every nation wants DRS system in their matches?

  • randikaayya on December 30, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    What a hypocrite!!!! Two words, Darryl Harper.. MS is really inconsistent in his comments and will say anything that suits him in that moment. He should have stuck to the same principal over the insignificant error that Harper made in that West Indies tour, but it suited him then to go out and criticize it to the press

  • PanGlupek on December 30, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    India's stance on DRS is baffling: So the technology is not 100%, but is clearly more accurate than a human can ever be. If everybody followed this logic in every form of life, we would have no cash machines, no internet, no life-saving surgery, because there is a 1 or 2 % chance thier prototypes won't work.

    The fact that India could have won this game had DRS been in place serves them right for being so stubborn on the issue.

    That's not to say India are the only ones at fault on this: It's laughable that every other team in world cricket seems to support DRS, yet the ICC still allow India to dictate terms. It shows a serious need for a more impartial body to rule the game rather than a load of countries (of which India are the worst, but not the only offenders) whose motives are selfish rather than in the interest of the global game.

    That said, what benefit do India gain by not having DRS? Are they a team of umpire controllers? No umpire ever gives Sachin out? Who knows?

  • spinkingKK on December 30, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Dhoni's arguements are very much valid for the reasons pointed out by Sidharth Monga in the article. If you are not going to get the correct decision even after using the technology, why use it? However, I think Dhoni should think of how many more decisions we will get right by using the technology. If the technology can't provide a definite answer, we are going to go by the onfield umpire's original call. So, Dhoni doesn't have to worry about umpires' wrong call getting completely overturned!! When the technolgy is unsure, umpires can still dicatate the result of the match. That way, Umpire's error can still affect the result of the match, if that is what Dhoni wants. So, this is what India and Dhoni should understand: Onfield umpires' decision will be upheld if the technology can not confirm that the decision was wrong. To facilitate India does their review properly, maybe we should provide 4 or 5 incorrect reviews for the match - instead of 2 incorrect reviews per innings.

  • BustIPL on December 30, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    We need Asian Ashes b/w India and Pakistan in UAE off course.

  • 200ondebut on December 30, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    DRS will never be 100% - nothing is. But it is more perfect than just relying on one person (the umpire). What DRS does do is improve player behaviour. There is no need to jump up and down and shout like some demented creature when appealing to try and convince the umpire it is out because you know, if you don't convince him, that you can have a decision reviewed. It also takes away all the nastiness you often see (Ricky!) when a decision is incorrect (usually a nick that is not given) All that needs to change is the default possition if both sides are not in agreement over it's use. Why should those who don't want it used take precendence? The simple truth is that you get more correct decisions with DRS than without it.

  • szaranger on December 30, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    UDRS couldn't help Dhoni save the game. UDRS is due to absolute fear. IF DRS was available, the match would have finished in days.

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    MSD is right. Instead of going after a 50-50 DRS system, it is better to leave it to the umpires until a doubt free solution is available. The game has crossed a 100 year marks without it and can still carry on. ICC should work on the gentlemans game image of cricket. They should start making a note of players who would not walk after knowing they have nicked and penalize them. Stumping & run outs, low catches & catches near the boundry should be directly given by the 3rd umpire without being referred since there is a fair amount of chance of making a mistake. This I think will keep the spirit of the game alive.

  • Mid_Wicket on December 30, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    i really dont understand what these indians think abt DRS. what a shame this dhoni doesn't know that nothing in this world offer 100%. this is the right time for the indians to think abt it. otherwise india will go down 4-0 in Aussie. just forget the bad memories faced in sri lanka when the DRS first implemented in a test series.

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    The constructive way to go about this is not to ask for 100% but instead to try and find out the best combination of available technology which can enhance decision making by the umpires. Extensive third party testing can help determine what conditions HotSpot or Hawkeye does not work under and then use those as parameters to provide confidence of the decision provided by the system. Just saying we wont use technology unless it is 100% accurate is ridiculous. Even aeroplanes are not 100% safe but everyday millions of people trust their lives in them by travelling in them and here you are just talking about a game.

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Even though im an India fan i refuse to understand their logic behind refusing to use DRS. It would serve them right if India loses this series due to a few bad decisions. If it happens, dont come back crying foul and making a ruckus.

    If you have faith in the onfield umpire then fine, change the DRS rules such that the onfield umpire's decision cannot be overturned by the 3'rd umpire unless there is clear and conclusive evidence to overturn it. Currently (as we saw in the England series with the Dravid dismissal) there is still some subjectivity in the DRS decision making, this should be eliminated so that if the replays are not conclusive then the onfield umpire's decision should always stay.

  • on December 30, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    If this is now the BCCI's stance, about time they sent an apology to Bucknor and Harper...I guess we respect the umpire's decisions as long as they dont cost us matches. In a way DRS will put less pressure on the umpires because now they will know that a wrong decision will not cost a team a match (and in case that team is India, it wont cost that umpire his career)

  • BustIPL on December 30, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    India started this debate when they were number one and england tour was looming where swann was one of the beneficiary of UDRS. Just to avoid swann it was started and now they are persisting on the previous stance. UDRS has certainly reduced the number of wrong decisions which is good thing. The success rate will increase with use and further development. It may be limited to the umpires to refer and correct doubtful decisions. Furthermore, an expert panel on the ground should also vote based on their observation. These may include the commentators, cameramen etc. The final result should be a bar chart on umpire's device which can be used for quick reference instead of detailed reviews. Like sniko result, hot spot results, expert voting results, etc. Otherwise the stone age was fine where humnas used to cover up with leaves. fed by the sorrunding pastures etc.

  • Beazle on December 30, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Disgraceful . India should be ashamed of themselves.

  • wnwn on December 30, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    There are 2 problems with DRS. The first is that it is not 100% accurate and the second is that some cricket boards cannot afford to use it. Something needs to be done about this. I think we need to take a break from DRS for 2 or 3 years so that the developers can get it up to 100% accuracy or pretty close to that and then reintroduce it.

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  • Rupert147 on December 30, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    I still remember MS Dhoni's comments after a recent Test in the West Indies where he stated that the match would have been over considerably earlier had the umpires made the correct calls. In other words he only backs the umpires when it suits him. Gavaskar is also anti-DRS yet look on youtube at the grotesque show of dissent he displayed when given out to Dennis Lillee in Australia in his days as a player. He ordered his team off the pitch as a consequence. Either the Indian team accept ALL umpires calls given their stance on DRS or they don't. They have no backing outside India and they need to accept the fact that their ageing batting line-up isn't going to make runs under a DRS or non DRS Test Match.

  • Widuror on December 30, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    If UDRS is used it should use every country with same technologies. i think dhoni is correct. we saw some incident that support technology is not 100% correct for example england vs india series and australia vs sri lanka series . ICC should get a decision about UDRS's future as soon as.What is happening today is not good for cricket.

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    So, reject technology which is 97% perfect, and stick with umpires who are 92% perfect. Smart this mob. - Glenn Shaw

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    I hope india lose every series until they agree to use DRS

  • CricketingStargazer on December 30, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    This is a self-defeating criterion: no system can ever be 100% perfect, human or machine. Hence India will never accept UDRS. The danger under the current highly politicised system is that umpires can be pressurised if their decisions are not to the liking of those in charge and that, as we have seen in the past, can end careers if an umpire will not play along. Part of the problem though is to define why you want UDRS: is it to stop only blatently wrong decisions, or do you want it for any marginal decision? If it's the former, the current system works just fine. If it's the latter, why have an on-field umpire at all? If you have a perfect UDRS you don't even need appeals: the computer will send a batsman on his way, without any need for an umpire.

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    What a shame, this is the era of technology and if we do not use it then whats the benefit of investing so much money .. The DRS system helps umpires and the game in going towards right direction, rather than decisions of umpires in hast/wrong judgements that cost one team the whole match. Mr. Dhoni, it is time to say good bye to wrong appeals, wrong decisions and play fair game.

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    DRS is confusing the game same ball(the one pitching inline hitting out side off stump.If umpire give it out and opposing captain use DRS ,it will be out but it will be opposite if umpire give it not out and opposite captain uses DRS). SO at that point captains and fans has to take umpires decisions doesn't matter they agree or not.So why we cannot take umpires decisions now. actually there are some companies who wants to make money out of it and they are not letting us.

  • dmqi on December 30, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Very interesting,umpires want DRS, all countries except India want DRS but only BCCI and Indian captain do not want it. What does it mean, India should not want technology in all other things as those are not 100% correct always. Stone age better for them? India could have won the match, still does not want DRS, that's crazy? India should at least ask for Aleem Dar, the least mistake maker among umpires, remember they got rid of Steve Buckner after making few mistakes in a match. It is going to be 2-0 after next match.

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Dhoni knows that he and his team can win a test match outside india only if there are wrong desicions given by the umpires in there favor like the 2 decisions in MCG test.

  • bobmartin on December 30, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    All this talk about 100% accuracy is simply a smokescreen and pie in the sky. It's asking for perfection. Well nothing and nobody is perfect. Perfection is something that is always dreamed of and strived for, but will never be achieved. Part-perfect is all you will ever get. And on the subject of mistakes; a game of cricket is riddled with mistakes and the result depends on which side makes the least number of them. It should not depend in any way on mistakes made by the officials. Given that nothing is perfect, the best that you can hope for is to lessen the officials' mistakes and that's the raison d'etre for DRS. Having witnessed, listened to and read the criticism and bile levelled at umpires who have made mistakes ( Steve Bucknor to name just one) by the Indian players, supporters, and media, I would have thought DRS would have been welcomed with open arms.

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    This is a bit stupid logic. Its like saying I will not fly in a plane unless someone can guarantee me it is 100% safe. Or I wont buy a car unless the guy guarantees me it will never breakdown.

    Or I wont sit in an exam unless I know 100% on the subject e.t.c.

    The fact is we all learn from trial and error. Thats how Dhoni got better as a batsman and reached the level he is at. Bowlers make mistakes and learn from it and reach a certain level. If a bowler said I will not bowl until I am sure I will not make mistakes then he would probably never bowl and never get better.

    Technology follows the same principles as it is made by man i.e. it improves with trial and error. The more we use it the more accurate it will become. To say we wont use it unless it is 100% is so ridiculous. Firstly it will never be 100% nothing ever is but it might reach 99% but it has no chance of reaching that level if when it is at 80% people refuse to use it.

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    fair on Dhoni's part not to go with DRS

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    This stance by the Indian team and board is completely baseless, if they have some issues with hotspot, well they can at least agree to hawk eye for LBW decisions. Bad decisions are acceptable as long as they are against some other team, once a poor umpire makes those against the Indians, well then it becomes a travesty. DRS should be used, Indians can trust Duncan Fletcher to coach them i don't think he has a 100% record.. Cmon Dhoni stop being alice in wonderland accept the facts

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 30, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    I don't Know why Indians are against DRS!!! It is a latest technology which helps in error free decisions. I think ICC should forcibly recognise DRS in all three Formats of the game. Can someone give me an authentic reason for not allowing DRS in a game??? Really Stupidity!!!

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    If that would be the case india might not be the world champion this time Mr. Dhnoni, Ajmal got out Sachin which was reversed by DRS......So you believe that was out but the technology fault ????

  • on December 30, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    DRS is not perfect. Remember ed cowan in the 2nd iings. if DRS had been there he would have got away with it but the fact being he didn't offer a shot and deserves to be out. There r some mistakes like these in DRS which have to rectified. So for now DRS can't be used.

  • RohCricket on December 30, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    One other thing the Indians fail to understand is that the UDRS was brought in to aid the umpires and players when it comes to making the correct rulings. The keyword is 'aid'. The UDRS helps eliminate those howlers from the game, such as Hussey's dismissal in the 1st innings. However, the technology has it frailties. HotSpot is dependent on weather conditions (how cold or hot it is). Eagle Eye is dependent on lighting, such as if half the pitch is in the shade while the other is in sunlight. just like humans, technology has its limitations (for now, at least).

  • voyager on December 30, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Dhoni, Is anything around you 100% reliable? but you still use them because they are the best solution available. Your reasoning is quite absurd. You should concentrate on performing betting as a player and as a team and leave the administration to administrators and hosting to your hosts.

    @Harry Oberoi UDRS AND five dropped catches were the reasons for Tendulkar prolonged innings in WC SF

  • RohCricket on December 30, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Where's Steve Bucknor when you need him? lol.

    I think the Indians fail to understand that no technology is perfect. This is because the people who make and operate these creations can make errors, however slight they may be. The day mankind is perfect and makes no mistakes is the day technology becomes perfect.

  • SamAsh07 on December 30, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Fans fail to realize their "gods" are nothing but over-rated, they can at exceptionally well on their flat tracks but when it comes to real pitches, they faulter. I agree to what HariUSA said, it's a very good thing.

  • big_cheese on December 30, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Lack of DRS doesn't give umpires, a 'REASON' to make wrong decisions. Earlier, in pre-DRS era, people would make umpires responsible for bad decisions. If anything, DRS has made umpires' lives easy - wrong decision? You could have used DRS... nobody says anything about an error made by the umpires...

  • RNIX on December 30, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    i think this is part of game....sometime you take the advantage and won and sometime you loose.when you loose it convert into controversy.like previous tour of aus in scg.when india loose the match.

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @Tharindu Vishwanath " India will not support the DRS until they are convinced that the technology is 100% perfect-Dhone.Then they should not support umpires too.In common life,they should not support anything including medical operations,weather forcasts...crazy..."

    Very Well Said man

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    This is absurd opposition. Why not have one more tool to assist the umpire. Mistakes being part of the game is lame, yes 50 years ago there was no option. I don't quite understand this.

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    It is not the DRS or the umpires. The idea is that the one support the other in making decisions which are as accurate as possible. The ICC need to make a decision re the DRS that is binding on all nations.

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Let the DRS come to India way they agree same like T20.Before the T20 WC in 2007 which India won they were not interested in playing T20 & now you see the difference

  • Anantharao on December 30, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    DRS is the future. This will make the game professional. The occurance of biased or pressurised decisions will be reduced. Thos countries not accepting or delaying this enahncement right now will have to follow the DRS if not today Tomorrow.

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    For those who support DRS, first of all the countries are not having the same product and same standard DRS system. Each of the DRS product owned by different countries have different standards and accuracy. The only way going forward is ICC should take control and own the DRS system with same standard across all the nations and then implement it. As of now, we cannot have one system implemented on a country with one accuracy level and one at other having different accuracy level. With this setup there will be lot of confusions and lot more complaints. Once ICC takes control and implement it, it can override BCCI stand and order all matches to use it.

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Sheer arrogance. There is no other explanation for these latest remarks. Every single time after a loss (when the pressure is on) we hear such unsubstantiated statements from the Indian captain and the Indian cricket board in particular. The arguments presented by Dhoni and his cricket board simply don't hold. These questionable arguments have been countered and dismantled a zillion times before. The technology is meant to support on field decision-making. For the sake of argument, even if the technology has a 80% perfection rate it can be used to improve and support decision-making. The Indian argument is flawed. Instead of focusing on technology weaknesses the Indian team should for once rectify their own shortcomings. Fact of the matter is that India lost to a far better and inspired Australian team. The Indians have been trumpeting their superiority long before the start of the series. A loss is humiliating hence diversion tactics being applied. End of discussion.

  • on December 30, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Enough said. The whole world is convinced that UDRS is the only way we can make the game fair. If India don't want UDRS then they shouldn't be allowed any international match to participate anymore. They are utterly arrogant and got no logic in their argument.

  • WeeBee on December 30, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    well ! . . . It does not make any sense , every sport in the world is adopting the technology in order to improve the decision making. And i think INDIA Is moving in other direction, they are not making any sense. If experts from all over the world have approved this technology, and it is being used wisely everywhere. Then it does not make any sense that you dont use it even if you are very well in position to afford it. Its not expensive at all ( its just a myth) , it's spread by indian media. And once ICC has approved that it will be used in all matched , then why the only board BCCI opposed it.

  • ghumant on December 30, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    once there were underarm bowling, once there was "bodyline", now they are not. once there were only test matches, now there are even T20s. things always get changed if not updated, and that doesn't make the thrill or the function of the game faded. sticking to old system is called prejudice and eventually becomes dead. The default definition of culture is that it must be living and able to change itself. it is not at all understandable why the rule of a game (in this case involving an extra apparatus) cannot be changed when the rules are set by human as an a-priory of any game, not some unbreakable natural law? if anywhere in the world two kids set some rules and stat playing with bat n ball, does this become crime or the game less enjoyable for the kids? rules, no matter how funny, makes a game challenging and it is ICC to whom cricket world has put faith to set rules. if DRS is objectionable, so is third umpire, colorful dresses, day-night matches, power play, T20 & surely IPL.

  • qpsk123 on December 30, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Dhoni do not know what he is talking about. Once he get some bad decisions for himself, he will understand. Nothing can be perfect in the world. choose the near perfect one...

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    who is he fooling? if you can eliminate most bad decisions why don't you want to do that? With DRS cricket is played in better spirit as well as no team thinks they are hard done

  • Anantharao on December 30, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    If you analyze, indians were giving away many runs through the Third Man Area. Moreover many experienced batsmen failed to score. Time has reached to give young blood a chance. Even if young batsmen like Rohit Sharama or Kohli has not scored, better to give a chance to them rather than Laxman. If the team is not changed for the next game, the result will be the same.

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    If Dhoni and BCCI are ready to accept Umpire's decision..then why did they create a monster out of Steve Bucknor

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    I totally disagree with Doni for the statement saying, that the umpires also have to come to the part of mistakes (I suppose, that, India have not scolded umpires for wrong decisions). I don't know how he told such kind of childish statement being a world renowned person. The sport comes to the best when its judgments are correct. I am sure that the UDRS is not 100% correct, but we can lessen the errors. Then only we can have a good match and a chance for the batsmen and the bowlers.

  • orangtan on December 30, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    DRS must be used but with the intervention of the 3rd umpire rather than the players, the 3 rd umpire should also alert the on-field umpire immediately when a no-ball is delivered rather than just check when a wicket falls. On this subject, does the bowler get the benefit of the doubt on no-balls as Pattinson did when his back foot landed on the line on the ball which dismissed Laxman?

  • CricketFan365 on December 30, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    I think the reason for using DRS should be lessening the on field umpires errors. Yes, hotspot is not accurate, use audio from stamp mice then. If both of them or any-other thing is inconclusive then stick with the on filed umpire's decision. I really can't understand why India is going against it.

  • wrenx on December 30, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Dhoni is just hedging his bets. He's a smart guy, he knows both systems have their flaws, but is betting that umpiring errors will benefit India more than technology errors. So far, it's been 50-50, but I agree with those who are saying that the DRS debate should not be used to mask the fact that India played woeful cricket and did not deserve to win this test even with all the help from technology in the world.

  • satish619chandar on December 30, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs : There are chances that hot spot will overturn a correct decision too.. Why r u guys not understanding it? How many times have we seen until now the technology have gone bad.. The hot spot used in Australia was supposed to be the very best available in market and have seen many incorrect spots in a single test.. Seriously, i would ve been aggrieved if Cowan's decision was referred and declared Not Out and the same could have happened had Gambhir let off after nicking.. @atuljain1969 : Apart from some self proclaimed fans and the media, everyone cares of the team only.. It is guys like u who r obsessed with Sachin 100 every time he fails.. Why single out only Sachin for the debacle? He was the best batsman in the test by a very huge margin..

  • rahulcricket007 on December 30, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I WANT A SIMILIAR SITUTATION LIKE THE SYDNEY 2008 WHERE 7 DECISIONS WERE WRONG , THEN WE WILL SEE WHAT DHONI WILL SAY ABOUT UMPIRES .

  • siddhant328 on December 30, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    This is a very rare but of course, an example of frightened portion of Dhoni's characteristic (if this is his individual view). Luck follows Dhoni and he knows it very well. Despite having a fearless attitude while batting, audacious look and persona, his view on UDRS demonstrates that he is not a captain who possess the dare to win games by heart-out performances. For example, in case of Hussey's caught behind decision in recently concluded Melbourne Test, the opposition captain may say that he relies on whatever umpire have called, i.e., being neutral on the decison. I would have, though appreciated a captain who has the heart to call Hussey back on field (a positive intent for fair play). But, Dhoni's view on UDRS has affirmed the fact that he was not even neutral on that decision, but was/is negative on the intent for fair play. So, not a favored captain. My degree to his favoritism here comes down and oh... he has now lost five out of last five tests... Sorry.., again a reduction.

  • AidanFX on December 30, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    @ dsig3 + RandyOZ + kevinpp24 + johnathonjosephs - Yep well said; astute and correct. I hope the ICC takes notice of the vast majority of thoughts from the international cricketing public. I also hope the Indian team realize the cricketing public is on to their ethically questionable tactics to work the system to suit and benefit them on game day - the vast majority of us no that is their game.

  • gilly_danda on December 30, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    everyone is missing one thing here neither BCCI nor ICC is stopping any other country using DRS ,BCCI is only opposing in their team participating matches........why everybody got so much of interest in this issue............

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    You First And Back Ur Team And Win !! And Then U Can Speak Abt All These !!

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Funny stance and very silly reasoning by Dhoni and co. If the same logic is followed, then umpires should not be allowed to officiate in matches until all umpires can give 100% accurate results. If not, then lets get rid of them and have matches without umpires.

  • cricket_lover36 on December 30, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    I was a big supporter of DRS but after the Ind Eng series it's reputation has dented, there were instances in the series when the snicko showed the edge but the hot spot didn't also the hawk eye has been erroneous at times but those incidents are too few. DRS has been very accurate with time it will only get better. ICC should use it on trial basis for a year and if the results it gives are satisfactory to everybody its use should be continued.

  • satish619chandar on December 30, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    There is also huge inconsistency in umpires decision making.. For Dravid in England, the umpire gave out based on sound even when no mark on hot spot.. Can defend umpire as he heard some noise and gave it out.. In Silva case, other umpire even when he saw ball not touching glove in replay, gave decision based on hot spot.. Is there any uniformity in the functioning of umpires? @HariUSA : The player ll be the first one who knows whether the decision is wrong.. Let the referral authority be with the players itself.. There are chances of inconsistency if the authority is with umpires.. As for me, 2 reviews is fine as the correct referral is not counted as one.. Let the players refer only when they are sure the decision is wrong.. If we give unlimited referral, everyone ll try their luck and the technology can come up with any decision.. You never know..

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    LIKE "DRS" , BCCI SHOULD ALSO URGE OTHER CRICKET PLAYING COUNTRIES TO PREPARE "FLAT" TRACK LIKE WHAT WE PREPARING IN INDIA. OTHERWISE ITS GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO RETAIN THE NO.1 SPOT IN TEST CRICKET FOR INDIA.

  • Thisismyopinion on December 30, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    So Technology was used when Laxman got out in the 2nd innings - was it a no-ball or not? The same decision was called a no-ball for Dravid in the 1st inning, but not for Laxman.

  • Aspraso on December 30, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    It seems to escape several, that these technogical aids are software driven. Though hardware may be used to capture the event, the result that is eventually shown to the viewers is a result of a software application. The occurence of the event is natural live event but the display of the result is a result of human-engineered software. It seems to escape several that though it is not blatantly admitted, the result can be shown (1) as it naturally occured or (2) the software can be tweaked to suit one's perspective.

  • satish619chandar on December 30, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    As we see inconsistencies with hotspot and hawkeye, i ll ve a doubt on every decision.. They say 90% correct.. How can u say which decision ll fall under the 10%? In that case which should we follow.. @All DRS supporter.. Cowan and Gambhir nicked it and hot spot didn't show any mark.. Had that decision been referred, what decision do u expect from umpire? Hot spot did show a mark fro Silva on glove but the ball did seem to miss gloves in replay.. Which should we trust.. The DRS is too confusing.. If u follow the technology, the decision will end as wrong in all the three cases.. This ii not the purpose to use DRS.. If not, it is a intervention of human with technology..

  • on December 30, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    The technology is not good enough yet. For example, The hawk eye line has a mean along with a standard deviation. They show you just the mean, not the possible error or standard deviation in the prediction, because it would create lot more controversy and confusion. Just because they show a projected definitive line on Hawk Eye doesn't mean the ball would have gone that way. Similarly the Hot Spot has been found wanting in many situations. I think the BCCIs main problem is with Hawk Eye though. They were ready to try DRS without Hawk Eye but even that experiment didn't go well enough. The BCCI not accepting half cooked technology will eventually lead to improvement in technology to that level that even the BCCI can't deny it. They would however have to accept DRS at some stage. It is inevitable.

  • Valavan on December 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    BCCI and Dhoni supported Hotspot knowing that it is a weak technology, why didnt they use Snickometer coz it was better than hotspot, that shows India didnt want to use DRS and ye Indian batters want to escape leg stump line LBWs. It was hilarious that indians hyping Kohli as a future, he is just another andrew symonds in making, staring at umpires, making antics, he will face many conduct issues or bans. cricinfo please publish.

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Dhoni then why you were not happy with Harper?

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    @sunny sandhu then how should he answer the question asked by press human error is better than technological error i think drs has far too many times played spoilsport to india hawk eye is not even 50 % correct hot spot we saw what it did in eng

  • cricket_lover36 on December 30, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    I used to be a strong supporter of DRS but the Ind Eng series diminished its value particularly the hot spot it may not show an edge when there is, there were incidents in Eng when the snickometer showed the edge when the ball passed the bat but not the hot spot but still it's less error prone than umpires. The ICC should use it on a trial basis they can decide after that whether going with it in future is a right decision or not. It's technology which can only be better with time.

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    simple.. we dont need onfield empires now... just sit in box and take all decision correctly by using most advance technique....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 30, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    I'm with you on this Dhoni. Well said. You must have earned a lot of respect from the umpires for the way you understood them and backing them. Proud of you Dhoni. Good luck for the SCG test.

  • ListenToMe on December 30, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Dhoni is saying mistakes are part of cricket. So umpires too can make mistakes. So Dhoni is ready to accept mistakes done by anyone except technology!! Why? Even though the mistakes created by DRS is far less than that of umpires, he is not ready to accept it. Mr. Dhoni, there is no point in your argument.

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    India will not support the DRS until they are convinced that the technology is 100% perfect-Dhone.Then they should not support umpires too.In common life,they should not support anything including medical operations,weather forcasts...crazy...

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Well Mr. Dhoni then what was all the fuss about Steve Bucknor in the Sydney Test .. If there is technology to minimize error what the problem.. IF Umpiring error are OK then DRS error should also be allowed.

  • atuljain1969 on December 30, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    I proved right when on 3rd itself I had opined that these so called world class batsmen have actually done very little in last one year or so and this tag after this fightless defeat from India batsmen should make our Fans/ media aware that these batsmen are no GOD any more. Team victory is much more imp. then individual records, you only get respect when team does well not otherwise.

  • johnathonjosephs on December 30, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    what reasoning...., bad decisions are part of the game? Why not eliminate it? Or, going with Ravi Shastri's reasoning, since they are part of the game and hot spot is not 100% correct, why not lessen the percentage of errors? Huge amounts of mistakes made in this tour. Agreed the DRS method used for the India in Sri Lanka tour when it was 100% technology was a bit fallacious, but the current method of the 3 red lights and the Umpires Decision standing if clipping bails/inconclusive evidence is almost perfect. And Mr. MS Dhoni if mistakes are part of the game, next time an umpire makes a lot of mistakes on a tour (even though he is right and the skipper is just being biased), do not complain. Yes, I am talking about that tour to West Indies in which an umpire was correct 95% of the time, but you complained about the 5% decisions he made wrong and lost him his job.

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @Saim ...It is not due to UDRS rather Pakistani players gifted 5 drop catches to him....

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    I still think, the reasoning for not using UDRS is plain hilarious..too stubborn for their own good..

  • SL_BiggestJoke on December 30, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    As it stands, DRS is a joke. 1. Standardise DRS (every aspect of it). 2. Get it tested by independent agencies. 3. Get ICC to own and manage DRS... not some local channels. 4. Sort out who is going to pay for DRS (cost splitting). 5. Get the rules for DRS out and clear. Not some grey "guidelines". 6. Address the howlers with cold spot.. sorry hot spot.. too many cases of batsmen nicking and nothing showing up!! 7. Sort out Virtual Eye/Hawk eye or whatever its called now... seems like it becomes unavailable under "certain light conditions" (seriously!!) Then... BCCI should have no issues in using it.

  • Sumzy on December 30, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    I am from Sri Lanka and I fully support the DRS.

    DRS is not 100% correct, but with it's aid, more accurate decisions can be made. It has been proven in all the matches that it has been used. How many incorrect decisions were reversed in this year ?

    We can always say No to technology. Waiting for a 100% accurate system might not happen unless we use it and correct it's failures. It's like physics, which was built upon many assumptions at a time it was evolving.

    We need to understand why every other country is saying they need DRS and why India is opposing it. However, I feel as a spectator and a person of science and technology, that we should have it. If it's one country that's opposing it, ICC can say it's too small to consider(even in a Democratic world). It's 1/10 full membership countries who wants to have this on their games.

  • HariUSA on December 30, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    I would still go with DRS, provided the review decision should be made by the umpires not by the players, just like how umpires refering to third umpire for run outs. When umpire is in doubt he can refer to third umpire who can use DRS to make a decision.

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    India will not support the DRS until they are convinced that the technology is 100% perfect-Dhone.Then they should not support umpires too.In common life,they should not support anything including medical operations,weather forcasts...crazy...

  • nymp on December 30, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    His stance will change the day decisions go in India's favor.

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    o Umpires and DRS can both make mistakes but since umpires can be pressurized by the indian players and admins while the DRS is free of such "external" influences dhoni continue to harp this tune!

  • dilancooray on December 30, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    India is the financial super power of cricket. They expect the umpires to give close decisions to India so that the umpires would be in a better position to negotiate good umpiring deals in IPL. I doubt India will ever support technology as I believe technology would never be 100% correct as it is designed by humans who are not 100% perfect!

  • on December 30, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Dhoni seems to express gratitude to the umpires than finding fault with the DRS. Both umpires and the DRS are error prone and in such scenario you should go with the DRS as it is evolving while developing a great potential and the on-field umpiring is losing the trend.

    Perhaps for the time being they can deploy both: the final decision should be left to the umpires who can draw their conclusion upon DRS while enjoying the match from an air conditioned cabin back in the pavilion. So that in a situation with lighting issues, the final say is still not with DRS.

  • just_Test_lover on December 30, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Poor Dhoni poor dhoni.. He has to talk the tune of the BCCI I suppose. I'm sure he'll be axed if he said anything different to the BCCI. The mafia of cricket is India. The error in Dhoni's logic is that because the umpires have a tough job standing for 5 days and having to consentrate every ball we should be happy with 1 or 2 bad decisions.. Please that is backward logic. Technology was brought in for run outs, was it needed yes! we see many umpire calls that are howlers and can change the game especially when they play India!! All those extra LBW calls when clearly they just working on the Umpires brains to give one or two of them out due to pressure! The only flaw is that the players are made to refer the umpire decision. The process should be that every ball should be reviewed for a No ball by either match referee or 3rd Umpire between balls. The need for the old days umpires are gone. time moves on an money is what players lives are about. So if players want technology give it

  • sal485 on December 30, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    There is no such thing as 100 % perfect.India is against DRS because of hypocratic nature of their players.So called flat track bullies oppose any positive change in cricket.

  • D3r3k on December 30, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    I think the DRS system should only be used if it is 100%. I also feel that two calls per innings is unfair. But when technology cannot give a certain decision then what? Does the batsmen get the benefit. My only question here is if the batsman is out why does he not walk. Is cricket not a game for sportsmen. Why is everybody expecting a decision to go to the DRS when the batsman should walk. Is the DRS there for those batsmen that do not walk when they are out? I do not think the DRS should be used to check for a no ball, that is the umpire job! And one must note that the third umpire who would have been incharge of the DRS may not have been an australian umpire if it was in place. CA only used an australian official as the DRS was not in place.

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Indians must not forget that it was because of UDRS that Tendulkar Scored 85 in the Semi-Final against Pakistan...

  • ak2207 on December 30, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    come on get real... yes hotspot is not perfect and neither is hawkeye but what about using these technologies in context?? As an additional aid to the umpires who everyone agrees have a v difficult job?!

  • wc1992 on December 30, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    it sounds funny ...cuz umpires themself back DRS ...lol........what wise statement by histroy most over rated caption

  • Dr.Hasan on December 30, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    So Umpires and DRS can both make mistakes but since umpires can be pressurized by the indian players and admins while the DRS is free of such "external" influences dhoni continue to harp this tune!

  • Baundele on December 30, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    BCCI's stubborn stance against the DRS is hurting the Indian team the most. They may get umpiring benefit over weaker boards; but against other strong boards like Eng or Aus, they will be the loser. To make things worse, they will not get any public sympathy, umpiring errors will be viewed more as the BCCI's fault of not accepting the DRS.

  • Baundele on December 30, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Can Dhoni name a single technology in the world (or anything in life for that matter) that is 100% perfect?

  • Ameega on December 30, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    See how inconstant his arguments; "If the batsman doesn't commit a mistake the bowler doesn't get a wicket. So we'll make umpires too a part of it" "What is important is that if a mistake is committed by the umpire, it should not affect him". In first case, as the batter pays for his error, umpires should so. In second, umpire should not be affected. This is nothing but ego, Mr Dhoni.

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    "But India could actually have won the match had they agreed to the use of the DRS." ^Why so biased? It is actually the pretty opposite.

  • jmcilhinney on December 30, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    "India will not support the DRS until they are convinced that the technology is 100% perfect". That equates to India never supporting DRS, because even the greatest supporters of DRS have never claimed that it is 100% perfect or that it will ever be so. I do wonder why it is that DRS would have to be 100% perfect though, because players are obviously not and neither are umpires. Surely the condition should be that it is significantly better than the alternative. India have every right to believe that it is not at present but they also have a responsibility to inform the rest of the cricketing world what must be done so that they would accept it. Expecting technology to be 100% perfect is just plain stupid. Indian's of all people should understand that. Harsha Bogle described India as a "country of compromises".

  • kevinpp24 on December 30, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    May be he should tell his media people to dont go overboard about wrong decisions that too when it happens to Indians they care when wrong decisions go to opositions in india's favour, as if it only happens only to indian players.

  • SAcricFan on December 30, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    How can India be the only test playing nation to oppose the DRS, for the countries that have all the technology it works perfectly, at the end of the day we want the right decisions to be made, as a South African I used to be an Indian fan but this opposition of the DRS kind of makes a person sway to the other team as I found myself rather cheering for Oz in the last game!As long as India live in the past then their cricket will never move positively forward...

  • Raju_Iyer on December 30, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I am reminded of an old joke; when e-mail was first introduced in our office many years ago, it was hoped that it would help cut down the hefty (in those days) telephone bills. Guess what? The first thing my colleague in Kolkata did was to call me in Mumbai " Hey Raju, I have just sent you an e-mail, have you read it?" In the same way, all this talk of technology makes no sense when we have two upmpires out there. What can and should be considered is how they can be provided with tools to help them perform their job better. e.g. can they be given an i-pad using which they can, when in doubt, watch a slow motion replay and then announce their decision?

  • x-squire-x on December 30, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Dhoni can afford to say what he wants, considering that the BCCI runs all international cricket.

  • JB77 on December 30, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    The issue shouldn't be whether the DRS is 100% accurate. Any human-designed simulation system (such as hawkeye) will never be 100% accurate. Any human-designed detection device (such as snicko or hot-spot) will never be 100% accurate. That is the reality of technology in a game with so many variables (ball speed, pitch condition, wind, ball age, seam position, angle....the list goes on!). The ONLY question of any importance is 'will the DRS aid umpires in making more accurate decisions?'. I think everyone (including India) know the answer to that.

  • Lakpj on December 30, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Well seems as if the Indians don't have the courage to go ahead with DRS. 2008 series with SL where they messed up the DRS seems to be haunting them still. But ICC should take a firm decision on this. Either they should have DRS for all the test matches or they should not have it for any.It is totally unfair for all the test nations when one series has DRS and the other don't.

  • katwash on December 30, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Dhoni has backed himself into a position where he has to stay with his stance on DRS, mind you things may change very quickly if he gets a bad decision himself in Sydney, or even worse Sachin gets a shocker on 99. When Sri Lanka won last night, Kallis was given not out on 0, when it was obvious to everyone watching, except the umpire, that he had hit the cover off the ball. This decision was turned over by the third umpire in five seconds with DRS. No Hot Spot was required, because of the huge deflection off the bat.

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Now Dhoni is being a foolhardy...He has quickly realized that this test could have gone differently if technology was there and a poor justification is that its ok to have umpiring error...Funny how we get stuck in our own web ..

  • kevinpp24 on December 30, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    He is the only captain who always blames the umpires and put lot of pressure on them. I still remember Dhoni accusing Steve Davis and another umpire(dont remember name) for poor decisions right before SA tour and guess what happened Davis gave everything in favour of India in particularly 2nd test which India eventually went on to win. First BCCI said they dont want Hawk-eye ICC accepted then said they dont want Hot-spot again ICC accepted, if they have so much influence then why dont they say "lets use DRS with no tech but 3rd umpires looking at slow-mo". They wont because dont want their precious seniors to flop.

  • on December 30, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    It's OK for batsmen, bowlers or umpires to do mistakes, but DRS should be 100% accurate. Enough of throwing your weight around, BCCI and Dhoni.

  • Sarfin on December 30, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Now you're advocating for umpires and backing their mistakes! What about Steve Bucknor? Wonder what he'd think while reading this! And if you have minimum knowledge about technology, you should know that NOTHING is 100% accurate

  • donda on December 30, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Dhoni and BCCI has a valid point because hot spot is not consistent. I am very sad that highly tech era we don't have best tech to make decision 100% every time.

    I say go with umpires and live with those decision and improve umpiring standards more. Only use best of best umpires in highly rated series.

    I love the way hussey got out in first innings but won the match in second innings. It bring more commitment from player to play better next time after bad decision.

  • Echi on December 30, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    I think BCCI, Dhoni and the team is not trained how use the technology.Therefore, they do not want anything that is new and that cannot be used by them effectively. Mr.Dhoni, you are playing Cricket in the 20th century, if you were Kapil Dev or Sunil Gavaskar the world would have been with you.Unfortunatly you are playing cricket in 2011.

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    DRS should not be implemented. Instead the umpires should have final call on whether to use tv replays or not. If uncertain, they can use technology. The batting or bowling sides should not have such "restricitve" abilities like DRS provides. And Hawk eye as well as hotspot are not completely accurate, as seen in many series.

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    ''if the bowler doesn't commit a mistake the batsman can't get runs.'' it's all about mistakes..

  • Ganes.V on December 30, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    When the whole world is going with the technology why not Dhoni too? There would be decisions which would go against India like 1st innings Hussey decision but the second innings Kohli decision would have gone in favour too.. so it is time India also move along with the others rather than being left behind.. As for the result another match which could have been won by india where had the batsmen applied themselves on the third morning it would have been a totally different result and the lack of patience and possibly too much of one day and T20 cricket peeping into the minds of batsmen making them play shots like those they play in one day matches where they run the ball to third man when they play with no slips and with the white ball and here the red ball swinging more than the white and with 3 or 4 catchers behind the batsmen and they still end up fending it and giving catching practice to slip fielders.. And our players even a dravid drops dolleys of hussey.. a match wasted

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    ICC must perform some strict step to make it mandatory

  • ian_ghose on December 30, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Dear MSD, I had great respect for you for your brilliant innings in the WC final. The way you stepped up, when the chips were down and the pressure was on, was truly commendable. But sadly, all my respect is gone. First you makes a snide remark on the lines of "If the umpires were doing their jobs well, we would have been back in the hotel already" after one-iffy deicision in the 1st test against the West Indies in the Carribean which led to Daryll Harper retiring before his farewell Test. And now, when the howlers are in your own team's favour, you think on-field umpiring is fine and dandy. I'm sorry to say, but you sir, are a hypocrite. Sorry MSD, you've lost a fan here.

  • AidanFX on December 30, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    You know in a way Dhoni seems like a decent man with the right attitude towards the game and the umpires; however the guy is yet to win me over - I have not yet forgot the atrocious way he challenged the integrity and made borderline accusations against Harper - his attitude displayed then was so far different to how he sounds in this press conference. It's part of the reason many people around the world Eng, SA, AUS, WI are not happy with the spirit of the Indian team in general.

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    I dont mind this view but it has to be universal. However, i find it rich coming from the captain of the side who cause a media storm after Steve Bucknor made some poor decisions in Sydney test four years ago. The indian side were hardly respectful of the umpire's incorrect decisions then!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 30, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Dhoni, I'm with you on this. Very well said.

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    If Dhoni is supporting the umpires why did he orchestrated to send Harper on retirement forcibly before one match to the actual retirement.

  • AidanFX on December 30, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Will not support the until 100% perfect - Mate not gonna happen put simply. Technology is constantly, changing and evolving. Not to mention over time one imagines that it takes time to steadily improve the management and use of the technology by ICC and more directly the game day officials. But the fact is technology in a sense is Human in that it is created by and administered by humans; thus it will always be imperfect. Waiting for 100% guarantee of perfect technology will never come - the question is can the use of DRS minimize the "howler". If so then there is a good case teams should exploit it. There will always be a degree of 'grey' and that's good and I for one don't want controversy to leave the game of cricket - but I suspect you Dhoni wrongly imagine such a scenario is achievable. The way your team moaned in Eng and WI was quite atrocious given - I hope the graciousness you have showed this test will continue therefore since you opted for no DRS

  • dsig3 on December 30, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Steve Bucknor had been doing his job for a very, very long time. If thats your reasoning for backing umpires over DRS we should invite him back for a Sydney cameo for old times sake. What say you India? No? Oh thats right you accept the umpires decision if its in your favor right. Just ask Kohli.

  • D.V.C. on December 30, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Perhaps Australia should insist that they only use umpires when they are shown to be 100% perfect.

  • mihir_nam on December 30, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Oh really is that the case...then why did BCCI forced change of umpire after Sydney test in 2008. Wrong decisions are part of game right .

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    a good article on the pro's and con's but if One, ONE country cannot agree the process is subject to failure. My view is that this technology may not always be right but it is far superior to human judgement and should be used to either re-inforce or negate.

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni concentrate on your team. Consecutive five losses overseas is not good for Indian fans who waste their entire week just for test cricket. If you continue to perform miserably, fans will turn to other sports and will never look back. The faith is dying. Please back up yourself!!

  • sharidas on December 30, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    At the end of it all, would DRS do away with controversies ? It will not. Either, make it technology all the way and remove the umpires from the field or continue as it is.

  • on December 30, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni will you please concentrate on your batting and poor captaincy?

    I dont know why you open the field after 6-7 batsmans of opposition gets out..and not just that you bring your ineffective off spinner ashwin to remove the tail?

    Oh yh you got to show some CSK Love bt this is not csk mate you are playing for india just to get ashwin some wickets you are losing india matches..concentrate on your batting and captaincy rather then speaking on DRS every day.

  • RandyOZ on December 30, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Australia has the best technology on Earth. India only refuse to use it because they think that they can put the umpires under pressure. Forget that the pressure from the Australian cricketing public (the most dedicated and astute followers in the world) as well as the ultra critical Australian media would not allow it. They also think they can put the umpires under pressure in India, which has been proven time and time again in the past, and is downright cheating. It doesn't really matter though because no amount or lack-there-of technology will save India from a fired up and intimidating Australia.

  • satish619chandar on December 30, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    And still th report shows Cowan's wicket was nor a edge? If so, Gambhir too dint edge as hot spot didnt show an significant mark.. Really bad reporting this is.. Is the article a view of captain or marketing for DRS? Surely agree Hussey could have got back but not Cowan.. It was a clear edge and the great hot spot ws working as it is designed and failed.. Hawk eye didnot work due to light? Wow.. Great great things from DRS day by day.. So, the rule would be to stick with umpire decision.. We could have faced a Ian Bell like situation and the sufferer will still be India!! DRS with technology produces howlers almost every match it is a part of.. How come everything with these tech thing be at its worst against India alone?

  • HatsforBats on December 30, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Why don'y we leave it up to the umpires as to whether or not they want to use DRS technology, rather than the cricket board with the most money. Were it in use for this test there would have been more correct decisions, that is fact. Umpires do not make 100% correct decsions yet Dhoni is insistent on the technology being 100%; I guess 'irony' isn't part of his vocabulary. By the by, India could also have lost by an even larger margin were DRS used with the form Hussey showed in the 2nd innings.

  • Don_Simon on December 30, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    MSD, please tell that to STEVE BUCKNOR !!

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    I trust MS Statement. Mistakes are part of Human Life. How could technology tell 100% perfect. Technology is developed by a Human only, there also hidden mistakes be present, like degree of deviation in Ball after release from bowlers hand or after pitching, speed of ball. All is result of Average calculation. Still on field Umpires are the best. I need answer for the question ? How could Hawk Eye or Snicko or Hot spot or all these combination can calculate 100% perfectly a toss ball hit on batsmans pad appeal for LBW, will hit Stumps.

  • Agnihothra on December 30, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    too bad for Daryl Harper..... Poor guy hid his incompetence behind the fig leaf of Dhoni's criticism and left in a huff...He would've been delighted in the changed stance of MSD. Also now MSD cannot criticize any more howlers from the umps...

  • boris6491 on December 30, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    No point in even thinking about this. It's all retrospective. Fact is, India disagreed to DRS and there were points in the match where the lack of DRS benefited both sides and regardless of the fact that more decisions went against India than Australia, I don't believe that that is conclusive evidence that the match could have gone the other direction. We need to stop the train of thought 'but if there was DRS...' and just accept that with it's absence, the umpire's decision is final regardless of whether it is right or wrong.

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni. Please understand that in the current ongoing series in Australia if you guys had used the DRS, several key decisions would have overturned and you may have won the 1st match. Go along with technology, nothing is 100%

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous point of view...we are ashamed that we have a captain who looks backward....and i would like to see what he would feel if tendulkar were handed a wrong decision and the whole indian media ...criticizes him and the BCCI for the problem....BCCI and DHONI should go back and live in the 15 th century

  • PadamHCL on December 30, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    He is 100% right, there is no use of technology untill or unless it is 100% fit to be utilised. Channel 9 may have good updated technology but still they are not fully confiedent, the was true when Indai appealed lbw against Brad Hadin and ball tracking service failed to show failed to show a projection due to lighting issue.

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Where was this sagacity when Steve Bucknor was booted out of India-Aus series for giving 4 howlers in a single innings?

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni there is no technology in this world which is 100% correct. Air Plane crashes, Trains collide, Road Accidents are routine but we (as well as Mr. Dhoni) still use these inventions while knowing they are not 100% safe (and never will be 100% safe).

    The right question is that, "Is DRS making decision better and fairer?" If Yes, then should continue otherwise there is no need.

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    probably the sanest comments on this issue yet..

  • satish619chandar on December 30, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    ICC, Please consider using ONLY replays for DRS.. Atleast the pure howlers can be removed.. For marginal decisions, the umpire as well as technology makes mistake.. Reducing the howlers should be the priority..

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Can I just say that there is no way of knowing if it is 100% if you dont use it!!!

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  • on December 30, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Can I just say that there is no way of knowing if it is 100% if you dont use it!!!

  • satish619chandar on December 30, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    ICC, Please consider using ONLY replays for DRS.. Atleast the pure howlers can be removed.. For marginal decisions, the umpire as well as technology makes mistake.. Reducing the howlers should be the priority..

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    probably the sanest comments on this issue yet..

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Mr. Dhoni there is no technology in this world which is 100% correct. Air Plane crashes, Trains collide, Road Accidents are routine but we (as well as Mr. Dhoni) still use these inventions while knowing they are not 100% safe (and never will be 100% safe).

    The right question is that, "Is DRS making decision better and fairer?" If Yes, then should continue otherwise there is no need.

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Where was this sagacity when Steve Bucknor was booted out of India-Aus series for giving 4 howlers in a single innings?

  • PadamHCL on December 30, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    He is 100% right, there is no use of technology untill or unless it is 100% fit to be utilised. Channel 9 may have good updated technology but still they are not fully confiedent, the was true when Indai appealed lbw against Brad Hadin and ball tracking service failed to show failed to show a projection due to lighting issue.

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous point of view...we are ashamed that we have a captain who looks backward....and i would like to see what he would feel if tendulkar were handed a wrong decision and the whole indian media ...criticizes him and the BCCI for the problem....BCCI and DHONI should go back and live in the 15 th century

  • on December 30, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni. Please understand that in the current ongoing series in Australia if you guys had used the DRS, several key decisions would have overturned and you may have won the 1st match. Go along with technology, nothing is 100%

  • boris6491 on December 30, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    No point in even thinking about this. It's all retrospective. Fact is, India disagreed to DRS and there were points in the match where the lack of DRS benefited both sides and regardless of the fact that more decisions went against India than Australia, I don't believe that that is conclusive evidence that the match could have gone the other direction. We need to stop the train of thought 'but if there was DRS...' and just accept that with it's absence, the umpire's decision is final regardless of whether it is right or wrong.

  • Agnihothra on December 30, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    too bad for Daryl Harper..... Poor guy hid his incompetence behind the fig leaf of Dhoni's criticism and left in a huff...He would've been delighted in the changed stance of MSD. Also now MSD cannot criticize any more howlers from the umps...