Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, P Sara Oval, 3rd day August 5, 2010

Sehwag would 'love' UDRS in Tests and ODIs

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Virender Sehwag is usually seen playing a different game to his team-mates and the practice has extended to the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS). Reacting to two of umpire Rod Tucker's decisions, when Abhimanyu Mithun and Ishant Sharma were given out caught off the pads, he stressed the need for the UDRS, a stand at odds with that expressed by the Indian thinktank.

"It happens in cricket," Sehwag said. "Sometimes the umpire gives you good decision and sometimes a bad decision. But yes, I would love to have that referral system in Test cricket, or even in one-day cricket. That is my personal opinion."

As a team, though, India haven't been a fan of the system. In the ongoing series, India created a talking point by not acceding to Sri Lanka's wishes of having the UDRS implemented. Sachin Tendulkar has often said that the system, without full-fledged technology, leaves him uncomfortable with it.

"I am not fully convinced with that," Tendulkar had said earlier in the series. "When we were here last time, I wasn't convinced with many decisions. I didn't feel comfortable. It was an experiment, which I felt was - I would much rather go with the Hot Spot because that establishes the contact between the bat and the ball. It's far better system according to me. And if there is something else to go with that. Then it would be much better."

Especially on days like the third day of the P Sara Test, when the ball is turning sharply, when there are fielders around the bat, when there are times that they are appealing every ball, the UDRS becomes more pertinent. At least two close LBWs were missed, and two batsmen were wrongly given out.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • cricxpert89 on August 12, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    @Alexk400 Yes Sehwag needs the UDRS because he have the habit of getting out so quickly in tests.With the UDRS he would be able to play 4 or 5 innings in a single test

  • sanjutaz on August 7, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    mahela who claims to take a catch which was actually grounded,should be the last word in alll issues..haaahaaa..funny ,isn't it? a cerebral cricketer..

  • VK10 on August 7, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    @Hattima is spot on. Tendulkar never has had anything innovative/cerebral to say about anything. The press tries to get his quotes just to secure a wider audience for itself. Obviously UDRS will be that much better if the referred umpires have access to better technology such as Hawk Eye, Hot Spot, etc.

  • hattima on August 6, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    @Mr.Indian My comment is based on what you are pointing at, precisely. There is nothing called 'full-fledged technology'. Even hot-spot is not 100% correct, the other day a Pakistani batsman walked because he feathered the ball although hot-spot did not show anything. So, it should not be used either, right?

    There will always be a few kinks in technology no matter how sophisticated it is. We still have not perfected the line decisions; often you'd see that the batsman has entered the crease between two frames and there is no way to tell whether he was out or not. Then he gets the benifit of the doubt. But the main thing is that there are no howlers. UDRS would contribute a lot more to that. More 50-50 decisions would be given, a few people would be 'uncomfortable', but there would be fewer rank bad decisions. I hope that is what all want.

  • hattima on August 6, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    I never doubted Sachin's cricketing skills. But I would still not give his words the most weight about administrative decisions. He was never very successful as a captain and he would not be as an administrator, either. Yes, UDRS that time was in the experimental stage, but Indians used it stupidly. Whereas the the predictive path element of Hawkeye is questionable, the other part of it (showing the actual path while hitting bat/pad) has no element of uncertainty in it. UDRS can be useful in most bat-pad decisions, in cases where ball pitches outside leg stump or in cases where it pitches outside the offstump and a shot is offered. When someone of Sachin's stature expresses such an overwhelmingly negative opinion about a system it is very hard for BCCI to ignore it. They have never allowed the use of it since. There might be other issues but Sachin no doubt contributed to it (BCCI opposing UDRS).

  • Al-Entity on August 6, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Or maybe Sachin's real problem against UDRS is because he got CAUGHT lying trying in the last Ind Vs Srl series in Sri Lanka. He was exposed for a lie in that series so I guess he doesnt want to get exposed again!

  • Mr.Indian on August 6, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    To all the cricket experts here doubting Sachin's cricketing sense, i suggest you to read his comments carefully once again. He never said it should not be used at all, his comment only was that i should not be used without full-fledged technology. I hope you guys remember the particular HOT-SPOT technology was not used in the previous series between these two teams and that precisely is his comment. Using a half-baked technology not always yeilds good results...............

    For the sake of the experts here are his comments once again "I would much rather go with the Hot Spot because that establishes the contact between the bat and the ball. It's far better system according to me. And if there is something else to go with that. Then it would be much better"

  • Anji_Singapore on August 6, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    UDRS has it's own benefits, but at the same time, umpires may feel that they have become a dead rubber..having no rights to quick decisios.....

  • Al-Entity on August 6, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    lol Sehwag is truly amusing. Where was Mr Sehwag when Dilshan was given out incorrectly on two occasions when Sri Lanka was touring India. The two decisions had a result altering effect considering Dilshan was the top scorer for us in the match! Then where was Mr Sehwag when Mahela was again given out LBW incorrectly in the 1st innings of this match? Also it is hypocritical of him considering he and Sachin both survived LBWs which were clearly hitting the stumps! Now he suddenly wants UDRS when two tail-enders were given out incorrectly! Oh please! The only reason Sachin doesnt want UDRS is because he knows very few umpires will give him out LBW!

  • Alexk400 on August 6, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Sehwag is absolutely correct!. UDRS should be used for fair justice. if you like fair but i am not sure BCCI is fair entity. They crushed ICL by force. They never allowed ICL to use any of state cricket stadium.

    Anyways i think without UDRS huys like sachin gets favourable decision everywhere except australia.

    In australians gets favourable decisions. DO not cry like babies if sydney episode happen again!.

  • cricxpert89 on August 12, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    @Alexk400 Yes Sehwag needs the UDRS because he have the habit of getting out so quickly in tests.With the UDRS he would be able to play 4 or 5 innings in a single test

  • sanjutaz on August 7, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    mahela who claims to take a catch which was actually grounded,should be the last word in alll issues..haaahaaa..funny ,isn't it? a cerebral cricketer..

  • VK10 on August 7, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    @Hattima is spot on. Tendulkar never has had anything innovative/cerebral to say about anything. The press tries to get his quotes just to secure a wider audience for itself. Obviously UDRS will be that much better if the referred umpires have access to better technology such as Hawk Eye, Hot Spot, etc.

  • hattima on August 6, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    @Mr.Indian My comment is based on what you are pointing at, precisely. There is nothing called 'full-fledged technology'. Even hot-spot is not 100% correct, the other day a Pakistani batsman walked because he feathered the ball although hot-spot did not show anything. So, it should not be used either, right?

    There will always be a few kinks in technology no matter how sophisticated it is. We still have not perfected the line decisions; often you'd see that the batsman has entered the crease between two frames and there is no way to tell whether he was out or not. Then he gets the benifit of the doubt. But the main thing is that there are no howlers. UDRS would contribute a lot more to that. More 50-50 decisions would be given, a few people would be 'uncomfortable', but there would be fewer rank bad decisions. I hope that is what all want.

  • hattima on August 6, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    I never doubted Sachin's cricketing skills. But I would still not give his words the most weight about administrative decisions. He was never very successful as a captain and he would not be as an administrator, either. Yes, UDRS that time was in the experimental stage, but Indians used it stupidly. Whereas the the predictive path element of Hawkeye is questionable, the other part of it (showing the actual path while hitting bat/pad) has no element of uncertainty in it. UDRS can be useful in most bat-pad decisions, in cases where ball pitches outside leg stump or in cases where it pitches outside the offstump and a shot is offered. When someone of Sachin's stature expresses such an overwhelmingly negative opinion about a system it is very hard for BCCI to ignore it. They have never allowed the use of it since. There might be other issues but Sachin no doubt contributed to it (BCCI opposing UDRS).

  • Al-Entity on August 6, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Or maybe Sachin's real problem against UDRS is because he got CAUGHT lying trying in the last Ind Vs Srl series in Sri Lanka. He was exposed for a lie in that series so I guess he doesnt want to get exposed again!

  • Mr.Indian on August 6, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    To all the cricket experts here doubting Sachin's cricketing sense, i suggest you to read his comments carefully once again. He never said it should not be used at all, his comment only was that i should not be used without full-fledged technology. I hope you guys remember the particular HOT-SPOT technology was not used in the previous series between these two teams and that precisely is his comment. Using a half-baked technology not always yeilds good results...............

    For the sake of the experts here are his comments once again "I would much rather go with the Hot Spot because that establishes the contact between the bat and the ball. It's far better system according to me. And if there is something else to go with that. Then it would be much better"

  • Anji_Singapore on August 6, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    UDRS has it's own benefits, but at the same time, umpires may feel that they have become a dead rubber..having no rights to quick decisios.....

  • Al-Entity on August 6, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    lol Sehwag is truly amusing. Where was Mr Sehwag when Dilshan was given out incorrectly on two occasions when Sri Lanka was touring India. The two decisions had a result altering effect considering Dilshan was the top scorer for us in the match! Then where was Mr Sehwag when Mahela was again given out LBW incorrectly in the 1st innings of this match? Also it is hypocritical of him considering he and Sachin both survived LBWs which were clearly hitting the stumps! Now he suddenly wants UDRS when two tail-enders were given out incorrectly! Oh please! The only reason Sachin doesnt want UDRS is because he knows very few umpires will give him out LBW!

  • Alexk400 on August 6, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Sehwag is absolutely correct!. UDRS should be used for fair justice. if you like fair but i am not sure BCCI is fair entity. They crushed ICL by force. They never allowed ICL to use any of state cricket stadium.

    Anyways i think without UDRS huys like sachin gets favourable decision everywhere except australia.

    In australians gets favourable decisions. DO not cry like babies if sydney episode happen again!.

  • SaKiran on August 6, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    "Over the years Australia has benefited the most from mistakes by neutral umpires."

    They were not mistakes, deliberate decisions!

  • on August 6, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Do away with LBW's and have six stumps at each end. Cricket will become more entertaining and you don't have to worry about out/ not out when ball hits pad.

  • Test_Match_Fan on August 6, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Folks, Sehwag has been outstanding. Luckily Harbhajan has not been playing and India's best spinner allrounder Sehwag was given the ball. Sehwag and Mishra will clean up tomorrow, you watch.

  • dibbu on August 6, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    Can we not play with Sri Lanka for the next 5 yrs except in World Cup events? They are very very boring matches- all formats. If Sachin or Sehwag weren't playing, I wouldn't even check the scorecard.

  • redneck on August 6, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    to the clown on facebook stating australia have benifited more, then why do cricket australia actually foot the bill to have the udrs in their home matches, unlike a certain sub continent team that love to whinge about a bad call? you got any facts to prove your point? i honestly think bad decissions happen to all teams just like all teams sometimes benifit from a bad call by the umpire! simply put its easy for a fan to remember the bad one that go against his or her team but easy to forget the ones that benifit them, and let me assure you every team gets those too!

  • PandyaHimanshu on August 6, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Why we are not using technology. We all know it's not perfect but we can always improve it. Go with what we have today and tomorrow will be better.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 6, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    Two things I didn't understand were how SL appealed for Ishant Sharma's wicket? And how did Umpire give it out. That shows the spirit of SL team. SL was very good in their spirit but looks like they lost that spirit and humbleness. I thought Jayawardene would cry in the field because Umpire is turning down all his stupid and senseless appeals. Unfortunately SLs are reminding me of Pakistanis in appealing for every stupid ball with their bad spirit.

  • catalyst213 on August 6, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    With all due respect to the Lankans, when you play in India its a one-sided contest with India thrashing you. When India plays in Lanka even after cheap tactics and stupid and baseless articles from the likes of Sanga and Mahela you guys could hardly have an easy win with Murali in the team. So stop whinging and whining and enjoy the sportmanship and professionalism from the Indians and learn.

  • BillyCC on August 6, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Suresh Lalvani, over the years since neutral umpires have been introduced, Australia have been clearly the best team. I understand that Australia have received a fair share of beneficial umpiring decisions, and so have other countries. The fact is, Australia have been the best over this period and there can be no complaints about this.

  • catalyst213 on August 6, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    In a 5 day match when a team gets lucky with decisions going their way, it can very well go against your way as well. Both teams have had their fair share of luck and badluck so far in this match and that what makes it exciting. Think about the umpires, they are only humans at the ground coping with 45 degress tempertature for 5 days.

  • pravinda on August 5, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    @hattima - dnt wry abt sachin's brain as this quotes of his are referring to the question asked abt india's previous sl tour.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 5, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Sanga looks confident but why does he cry if he loses. Only some captains won't complain much after they lose. Dhoni just accepts mistakes of his team and tries to correct them. As per my previous comment SL ppl are definitely in frustration that is the reason why they started crying on Sachin too. You guyz are comparing Jayawardene to Bradman and hence you guyz think Jayawardene is best batsman. So Bradman is the idol for batsman. Instead of having your own theory just try to use already existing theory that Bradman(Idol of batsman) himself invited Sachin to his house. Conclusion is...I am not trying to compare Sachin to Bradman but Sachin is a great batsman and you have no right to comment on his capability. I agree jayawardene is good batsman but dont take him to infinite level.

  • on August 5, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    Over the years Australia has benefited the most from mistakes by neutral umpires.

  • ShaanAgha1 on August 5, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Sachin is a great cricketer maybe as good as they come but he has always vocally been against the notion of walking; in a gentleman's game which takes pride due to such practices. All countries baring India support the UDRS and if it were not for the sheer financial clout of the BCCI, the system would have become mandatory by now, which it will eventually. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the UDRS takes the game towards a more level playing field.

  • Jim1207 on August 5, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    @ hattima: You are not understanding few things. First, Sachin has not told any statement as it should be done. It is his opinion "I would much rather go with"; He did not say "they should go with". I hope this is clear. Secondly, He is not saying not to use UDRS as you say. He is talking about using UDRS, but not just TV replay and predictive element of Hawkeye, which is not accurate. He says HotSpot is accurate as we can see the actual contact. Hawkeye is not accurate because they use that only for knowing the pitch and height and length till the ball reaches the batting crease. TV umpire should decide with that info, which proves wrong too. We have seen some times that everything would look perfect but ball would not hit the stumps if that hawkeye's ball goes beyond the crease and reaches the stumps. I do not know why ICC is using UDRS but not using Hawkeye to see where the ball finally goes. They ask TV umpire to decide which is an "Experiment". I hope you understand.

  • on August 5, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    the UDRS was indeed a new change in cricket.. i remember i saw it first used in tennis... when a player could challenge the referee...

    the chance to question the umpire makes a lot of sense...when a player is certainly convinced tht the umpire has made a mistake.. I think it brings about a sense of reality and honesty with the players...

    But to be very honest... the UDRS system in my opinion is still not 100% accurate.. for example when we toured srilanka the last time... there were so many decisions given out... just because the ball tracker would suggest it to hit the stumps or clip the bales REGARDLESS OF THE FACT THAT THE BATSMAN WAS HIT ON THE PADS EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A LONG WAY FORWARD!...the ball tracker is obviouly an estimated idea of where the ball MAY land up...

    Thats exactly the reason why.. i completely agree with Sir Sachin Tendulkar- about the HOTSPOT... tht gives you the exact idea.. at least when it comes to the edges of the bat... u get a CLEAR indication...

  • bharath74 on August 5, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    I agree with Tendulkar that hotspot makes sense but not UDRS as it only provides an imaginary path that a ball may travel. Its ridiculous to give decision basing on that. Test matches wont last long, i guess they will be finished in three days. All the fun of playing on a ptich on 5th day will be gone. Football, Tennis, Baseball, or any other major sports do not uses Technology , why should we use it? Already there is a lot of technology used in cricket. Please allow the onfield umpires to do their job. We dont want to be governed by Robots made in Japan.

  • on August 5, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    You can please yourself! Random guy feels someone who has seen and done all is not 'cerebral' cricketer? He meant hotspot is superior to just camera pictures used to establish contact, if URDS were to be implemented. And if the tail had wagged with another 25 runs Srilanka would be 10 for 2 effectively, so the tail enders getting unlucky has something to it, as opposed to Mahela dismissal, which wouldnt have made a difference to the match at all!

  • Xen0phon on August 5, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    @hattima: UDRS is available only without hot-spot for most matches (usually outside Australia/UK). I personally think that India is playing it safe and using all the other teams as guinea pigs to iron out all the kinks in the system. IIRC, the team suffered quite seriously in the last series against SL.

    IMHO, UDRS should be made mandatory regardless of whether hawk-eye or hot-spot or w/e is available. That said, I am always amazed that ICC experiments with all this shyte in international cricket rather than first testing with club and first-class fixtures. Anyone remember the super-sub?

  • godatno4 on August 5, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    When Sehwag favors UDRS that means that he is ready if few decisions go against him/his team. @Hattima: rarely thought of him as a cerebral cricketer!!! dont worry, your opinions wouldn't count... keep them for urself... he never stamped his authority on any rule in the book. Are you that sure that hot spot can not be used in isolation??? I reckon UDRS is a package which has all the latest technology barring snicko....

  • XooX on August 5, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    I predict a 200% increase in Sehwag's fanbase in Sri Lanka following this news..

  • on August 5, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Totally agree with the previous comments, it's funny to see indian fans complaining on 2 tailender decisions when previously many went in favor of India and nobody complained then. lol

  • bigwonder on August 5, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    People, calm down. Its just Sehwag's personal opinion. As you all know, UDRS or not, you don't get a chance to use the system for every decision made by on-field umpires. So, whats the point in using the system? You only get two chances and then when there is a real error you are out of luck. I agree with Tendulkar, UDRS is a POS system and should not be used in limited fashion.

    Go India!!!

  • ATrueLegend on August 5, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Sriankans players are crybabies. I hate their attitude esp Mahela and kumar. They will make faces at every decision turned down by umpires. Besides that, infact, they will appeal on everything. Last decision(Ishant out) was horrible and it seems that it was taken bcoz umpire came under pressure from Srilankans crybaby attitude as if every decision of umpires was going against them. UDRS is needed specially against Srilanka.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on August 5, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Hey guyz I can understand your frustration, dont get frustrated very much. Sachin didn't say that he doesn't support UDRS but supports UDRS with full-fledged technology. Even now he is saying same thing. Mahela, poor guy, has been shouting for every ball, like pakistani keeper, changing his face as if his very good appeal was turned down. Most of his appeals were real not-outs. Even commentator mentioned that but not directly. Couple of tailenders or openers doesn't matter whoever but they were playing nice shots and adding runs in crucial time. When SL came to India even Indians had suffered from many bad decisions. Infact Indains are the one who always suffer from bad decisions(example: Steve Bucknor decisions) but they still feel that if we are not respecting Umpire decisions atleast UDRS should be good enough in technology to use. SL players are humble and hope they dont become like Pakistani players (with spirit of winning the match at any cost).

  • cric_4_real on August 5, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Hatima, As you are entitled to your opinion about things even Sachin has his opinion about UDRS and no body said he has the final say. For good or bad it was BCCI's decision.

    About UDRS, this is the only HUMAN element left in cricket to retain the romance of the game. We are not living in a perfect world so why the perfection for Cricket. Let there be element of uncertainty in the decisions at least for some extent, it is not like a Run out or some thing where every thing happens in a flash. If ICC really wants to make cricket perfect let them groom good umpires.

  • sanjutaz on August 5, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    i remember the llast time when india visited sri lanka .there was a lot of decisions[not just a couple] went against the indian batsmen..so when the udrs itself is not the last word, why you guys depends on it ..lankans should have already lost this series if there was udrs..and atleast in sri lanka,there is no single batsman who comes even near to tendulkar's greatness.there is a lot of difference between the averages and the greats..

  • Muruges on August 5, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    You jealousy Srilankans compare Jeyawardne to Bradman and would say all other country players are ordinary players. If you can't digest Sachin as the best I seriously doubt your cricket knowledge. Sanga uses to cry with lot of nonsense reasons after losing every test match like Sun didn't rise right time today so we lost the match.

  • adityanaikdesai on August 5, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    y dnt u guys 1st understand the statements made by sehwag and sachin in the context of the game. @ hattima: wht sachin dsnt HAVE TO BE TAKEN as the final word. but wenever he des have something to say. . . it is worth considering. 30000+ runs 200+ wkts and playing with 3 generations of cricketers - n u dnt think of him as a thinking cricketer?!!!! were u born in the stone age???????

    udrs is a tech for lbw but for bat-pad obviously hotspot is the obvious choice wen ur talking of edges and first contact.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 5, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Sehwag for president! The writer is correct, Sehwag does stand apart from his team -mates. The fact that he does has given his team a chance to level a series that they would have no right to level. Scores fast enough to give the poor bowling a chance to tak 20 wkts and then goes and takes out 2 openers himself! Now he is using his simple approach to blatantly point out that the UDRS should have been in place at the start of the series, Hot Spot or not! UDRS is a way of the future, it helps to eliminate howlers and one would obviously think the more practice one can get with it the better. What does Dhoni plan to do if UDRS becomes official? Take his bat and go home because he passed up an opportunity to become more familiar with it? I feel sorry for Sri Lanka, I am sure Sanga n co would have wanted another go at getting used to the UDRS. Well said Sehwag, don't be afraid to voice u'r opinion, they can't tell u anything for u almost single handedly put u'r team in a good spot.

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 5, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    I totally agree with hattima. I am an Indian but with due respect to Sachin's batting ability, Sachin looked dumb when said he wasn't happy with some of the decisions last time. It's the Indians who didn't know how to deal with UDRS and looked like buffoons, while Lankans made the right use of it. Going by what happened today SL would have had plenty of advantage if UDRS was in place. It's the tailenderes wkts that were wrongly given out we must note that many indian top order batsmen survived legitimate lbw calls. And that is definitely much costlier than the tailenders'.

  • Rogue777 on August 5, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    You guys should all read the comments on the linked article about India not conceding to Sri Lanka's appeal for UDRS for this tour! The Indians on that article have made some really interesting comments about why they do not like UDRS wonder whether they also agree with my Hypocrisy Sehwag! The bottom line is India and Indias are only Pro something not if it is fair but only if it favors them! They believed there top order will benefit from the LBWs without UDRS as most umpires do not wt to give those so called legends in the India line up out! Now they are whining like a bunch of little school girls just because two tail enders were given out! Give me a break! lol Wonder what Sehwag thinks about being not given out himself when he was caught plumb in front against Randhiv. Or what he thinks about Mahela's incorrect decision in the 1st innings!

  • me007 on August 5, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    UDRS always does good but the way its gonna be implemented might not be as beneficial as expected. As we could able to utilize it only thrice in an innings and that too sometimes you may not be very sure whether your appeal through UDRS (eg.,lbws) will be in your favor or not. You may go wrong too. So, if you are planning to use it, use it to the full extent possible. Bring it under the control of 3rd umpire and as soon as if there is any wrong decision revert it. Ya you may say that matches wont be interesting in that case. Though ICC may not implement it to the fuller extent as I said, one fine day it has to do that without any doubt.

  • anshu.sunny on August 5, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    there are people who know even abcd of cricket but would like to comment on how cerebral Sachin is or not.

    still hawk eye is not a fool proof technology...it is nt gud enough..it does nt cover the trajectory of the moving ball properly...most amazing thing is..quite often it shows the ball hitting stumps some way or other when seam movement or swing/spin would hv caused it to miss the stumps..n sometimes going over wen it would hv hit the stumps...

    and its not rare ..the commentators hv to then somehow justify it by saying things like u cant argue with technology..i thought it would be missing/hitting but hawkeye suggests otherwise...

    hawkeye needs more refinement...

    snicko..n its latest avatar hot spot are gud

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on August 5, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    A big difference between the one used in 2008 and the one in use now is that the current one uses the predictive element of Hakweye. I wonder if Tendulkar is aware of this. The only good thing about the BCCI not agreeing to using UDRS is that it can't turn around and criticise the umpiring in the series no matter how many bad decisions go against India.

  • hattima on August 5, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Tendulkar's comment did not make a lot of sense to me, but I rarely tought of him as a cerebral cricketer anyway. If you are not to have UDRS at all, then how can you use hot spot? He might be one of the best batsmen around, if not the best, but that does not mean that he has to say the last word in everything. UDRS might not be perfect, but it is better, and hence it should be used. Period.

  • on August 5, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Oh yes, lets install the review system now that India is getting poor decisions :P..IF YOU DID'T WANT THE REVIEW DECISION IN THE FIRST PLACE, DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES. Besides he has nothing much to complain about, he got the nod when he was caught plum infront off the bowling of Randiv

  • Mr.niceguy on August 5, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Yes exactly why don't you talk about mahela 's LBW decision and turned down LBW shouts of sehwag and sachin, if those two shouts been given out on UDRS system this match will turn on its heads. This is the same thing happened on Sri lanka 's tour of India where they lost 2-0. So many decisions went India way. But INDIA is the only team prefer not to have UDRS.....!

  • on August 5, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Sehwag himself survived an LBW decision which looked quite plumb off of Randiv... I remember last time when SL visited India there were quite a few howlers, THAT'S where you need UDRS, not when a couple of tail-enders get unlucky, while you yourself have had your fair share of luck.

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  • on August 5, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Sehwag himself survived an LBW decision which looked quite plumb off of Randiv... I remember last time when SL visited India there were quite a few howlers, THAT'S where you need UDRS, not when a couple of tail-enders get unlucky, while you yourself have had your fair share of luck.

  • Mr.niceguy on August 5, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    Yes exactly why don't you talk about mahela 's LBW decision and turned down LBW shouts of sehwag and sachin, if those two shouts been given out on UDRS system this match will turn on its heads. This is the same thing happened on Sri lanka 's tour of India where they lost 2-0. So many decisions went India way. But INDIA is the only team prefer not to have UDRS.....!

  • on August 5, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Oh yes, lets install the review system now that India is getting poor decisions :P..IF YOU DID'T WANT THE REVIEW DECISION IN THE FIRST PLACE, DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES. Besides he has nothing much to complain about, he got the nod when he was caught plum infront off the bowling of Randiv

  • hattima on August 5, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Tendulkar's comment did not make a lot of sense to me, but I rarely tought of him as a cerebral cricketer anyway. If you are not to have UDRS at all, then how can you use hot spot? He might be one of the best batsmen around, if not the best, but that does not mean that he has to say the last word in everything. UDRS might not be perfect, but it is better, and hence it should be used. Period.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on August 5, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    A big difference between the one used in 2008 and the one in use now is that the current one uses the predictive element of Hakweye. I wonder if Tendulkar is aware of this. The only good thing about the BCCI not agreeing to using UDRS is that it can't turn around and criticise the umpiring in the series no matter how many bad decisions go against India.

  • anshu.sunny on August 5, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    there are people who know even abcd of cricket but would like to comment on how cerebral Sachin is or not.

    still hawk eye is not a fool proof technology...it is nt gud enough..it does nt cover the trajectory of the moving ball properly...most amazing thing is..quite often it shows the ball hitting stumps some way or other when seam movement or swing/spin would hv caused it to miss the stumps..n sometimes going over wen it would hv hit the stumps...

    and its not rare ..the commentators hv to then somehow justify it by saying things like u cant argue with technology..i thought it would be missing/hitting but hawkeye suggests otherwise...

    hawkeye needs more refinement...

    snicko..n its latest avatar hot spot are gud

  • me007 on August 5, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    UDRS always does good but the way its gonna be implemented might not be as beneficial as expected. As we could able to utilize it only thrice in an innings and that too sometimes you may not be very sure whether your appeal through UDRS (eg.,lbws) will be in your favor or not. You may go wrong too. So, if you are planning to use it, use it to the full extent possible. Bring it under the control of 3rd umpire and as soon as if there is any wrong decision revert it. Ya you may say that matches wont be interesting in that case. Though ICC may not implement it to the fuller extent as I said, one fine day it has to do that without any doubt.

  • Rogue777 on August 5, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    You guys should all read the comments on the linked article about India not conceding to Sri Lanka's appeal for UDRS for this tour! The Indians on that article have made some really interesting comments about why they do not like UDRS wonder whether they also agree with my Hypocrisy Sehwag! The bottom line is India and Indias are only Pro something not if it is fair but only if it favors them! They believed there top order will benefit from the LBWs without UDRS as most umpires do not wt to give those so called legends in the India line up out! Now they are whining like a bunch of little school girls just because two tail enders were given out! Give me a break! lol Wonder what Sehwag thinks about being not given out himself when he was caught plumb in front against Randhiv. Or what he thinks about Mahela's incorrect decision in the 1st innings!

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 5, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    I totally agree with hattima. I am an Indian but with due respect to Sachin's batting ability, Sachin looked dumb when said he wasn't happy with some of the decisions last time. It's the Indians who didn't know how to deal with UDRS and looked like buffoons, while Lankans made the right use of it. Going by what happened today SL would have had plenty of advantage if UDRS was in place. It's the tailenderes wkts that were wrongly given out we must note that many indian top order batsmen survived legitimate lbw calls. And that is definitely much costlier than the tailenders'.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 5, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Sehwag for president! The writer is correct, Sehwag does stand apart from his team -mates. The fact that he does has given his team a chance to level a series that they would have no right to level. Scores fast enough to give the poor bowling a chance to tak 20 wkts and then goes and takes out 2 openers himself! Now he is using his simple approach to blatantly point out that the UDRS should have been in place at the start of the series, Hot Spot or not! UDRS is a way of the future, it helps to eliminate howlers and one would obviously think the more practice one can get with it the better. What does Dhoni plan to do if UDRS becomes official? Take his bat and go home because he passed up an opportunity to become more familiar with it? I feel sorry for Sri Lanka, I am sure Sanga n co would have wanted another go at getting used to the UDRS. Well said Sehwag, don't be afraid to voice u'r opinion, they can't tell u anything for u almost single handedly put u'r team in a good spot.