India news November 3, 2010

Umpires must step up and perform - Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo staff

MS Dhoni, India's captain, has said the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) should not be implemented unless it guarantees 100 percent accuracy, and that the on-field umpires must step up and make better decisions.

"It is not something that gives cent per cent results," Dhoni said. "It is not always correct. "If I am going to buy a life jacket which does not come with a warranty, that's a bit of a hassle for me especially with the huge amount of money you have to spend for the DRS system coming into the game."

Instead of spending so much money on a system that cannot guarantee results, Dhoni felt the umpires needed to perform better instead. "There are two gentlemen standing on the ground as umpires. They are professionals and paid to do their job. They have got support from the TV umpire. So it is surprising to see them making some of the mistakes. They have to step up and perform."

Dhoni, however, said that he would be happy to use the UDRS if it becomes foolproof. "I would prefer some kind of warranty behind it. (The) moment it comes, I am all for it. For now, they have to improve on the technology."

India have opposed the UDRS ever since their failed experiment with it during their 2008 tour of Sri Lanka. The Indians struggled with their referral and got only one right, while Sri Lanka successfully challenged 11 decisions.

Sachin Tendulkar has opposed the UDRS in the past, and last month Dravid made statements along the same lines as Dhoni. "If it can be proved that technology is foolproof there is no harm in it," Dravid said. "There is a lot of ambiguity as to what kind of technology is available. In some series, you don't get the same cameras, slow motion cameras and other equipment, and that's the sort of thing which creates ambiguity. If we can have a common sort of system in every series, I see no reason why we cannot have it."

The technology has found support from one big Indian star though. "I am a big fan of UDRS," Virender Sehwag said last week. "I want it to be there for the India-New Zealand series, India-South Africa series and in the World Cup. But this is my personal opinion. I was given out a few times when I was not out and in such a situation could have gone in for a referral that would have helped me continue to bat."

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  • Soudager on November 9, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    If Dhoni/BCCI doesn't want to use the UDRS system, that's fine. They can go ahead with not using DRS in their bowling and/or batting departments, but why deprive the opponent of using the system. Why do you want to compel the opponent to not use it only if you're not satisfied with it. Example: Suppose NZ want to use the DRS and India doesn't, then let NZ batters appeal for the referral of their decision and similarly let NZ fielding captain ask for a referral in case their appeal is not upheld. Let the Indian batsmen walk out when they're given out (without using the DRS), and not appeal for a referral either when Dhoni and Co's appeals are not upheld. Believe me, you will find India readily willing to use the DRS once this approach is used.

    Cheers! Soudager

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Is the BCCI waiting for India to lose a match/series due to umpire's faults or do they want to change cricket into a game of lottery?I cant believe someone of Dhoni or Sachin's stature can be sooooo ....obviously wrong in their approach to the game.

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Thats funny.......from Laxman has missed his century bcos of no-use of many more sacrifices to be made......has dhoni closed his eyes?and tunred blind to realities.....This is really the limit of foolishness.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Let us pray that BCCI sheds this ego and take a step forward in coming up with a better system so that in future we may not have to lose another test as we did in Sydney 2007 or nearly at Mohali 2010. As I am writing it, just now Kane Williamson has been let off by the on field umpire as he nicked Zaheer to MSD (right now how would he be feeling about his comments that cannot be described as anything short of non sense). Let us see how much India has to pay for the egoist attitude of MSD, SRT and others. Point of MSD and Co. about the new system being not 100% correct and hence not using it is utterly ridiculous. There cannot be a more lame excuse of not using the new technology unless it is 100% accurate though it is an agreed fact that it improves the system a great deal. For that matter why did we start using the 3rd umpires for Run Outs and Stumpings even though the replays are not 100% conclusive all the times and even in certain cases.

  • mahendra on November 4, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    The whole UDRS needs to be thoroughly thought out before being presented again . The goal should be to achieve CORRECT decisions . NOT who uses the system the best. OUT should be OUT , NOT - OUT should be NOT -OUT .

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    silly how everybody here thinks they understand better than few of the best cricketing brains one would ever see...but they are the same ones who say Dhoni wins by luck...and that Ponting is better than Tendulkar...and this is the best one...that Michael Clarke plays for his country and not for his personal interests(like he did by opening in T20)

  • mahendra on November 4, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    EXCUSE ME ! Did you watch that FAILED UDRS experiment test series between S Lanka & India in 2008 ? The FINAL decision was made by the 3rd umpire , He happened to be S Lankan , Hence 11 -1 decisions going in their favour & you expect India to support this' licence to cheat ' . WAKE UP Please .

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    OMG!You should have UDRS when you have umpires like Dharamsena officiating in the Ahmedabad test.How could he be in Elite Panel?I sincerely hope for a good match for him though.I think the senior players are only having objection to the system and Dhoni is merely supporting them.Dhoni's reasons are as ridiculous as Mr.Srinivasan's.A excellent technology like HotSpot is yet to be acquired by Neo Cricket.Even Sky Sports NewZealand have used it in their home series.You must have HotSpot to increase the efficiency of the decision making.

  • bharath74 on November 4, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Neither Football,Tennis,nor Hockey uses sophisticated technology because they have faith in umpires. If we are using UDRS ,then umpires are there only to give no balls and wides, i think they can also be replaced vt computers. Respect the Gentleman called Umpire.

  • Rupesh on November 4, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    If umpires are right 90% of the time, and with UDRS you can go to 98%, it is stupid to insist on 100% accuracy. Dhoni made a few challenges in SL, and the decisions were not in India's favor (correctly), so now he does not like the system. Silly. One change should be made to UDRS: do not allow players to challenge - review is only done by the third ump on his own. Players cannot judge well on the spot, and hence end up wasting challenges. That is why they don't like it.

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