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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