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

Sehwag would 'love' UDRS in Tests and ODIs


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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  • Osaid 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

  • SANGEETH 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..

  • V 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.

  • Apratim 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.

  • Apratim 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 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!

  • Nirmal 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"

  • Anjaneyulu 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 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!

  • Alex 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!.

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