Former team India superstar cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has demanded that the International Cricket Council (ICC) makes changes in the Decision Review System (DRS) after a number of decisions taken by the on-field umpire favoured Australia contrary to the actual result.
Tendulkar feels that the “Umpire’s Call” during the third day of the second Test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was biased and put the Indian bowlers at a disadvantage. He is of the opinion that once a DRS is taken, the decision should not lie in the hands of the on-field umpire.
After expressing his disappointment on Twitter, Master Blaster was also eloquent about his views on YouTube. He said, “I’m not convinced with DRS rule at all. Let’s understand one thing why players go to the third umpire because they are not happy with the decision of the on-field umpire’s decision. And it is as simple as that. Once you go have gone upstairs to the third umpire then on-field umpire’s decision should not come to picture at all.”
Tendulkar stated that the current system of DRS creates confusion and is highly unfair to the bowlers.
He further added, “It really does not matter whether the ball is hitting 10% or 155 or 70% it should not matter. When you get bowled nobody talks about it. I understand the tracking system is not 100% accurate but can you name me one umpire who has never done a mistake in his career. We all make mistakes but since we have decided to go ahead with technology let’s back it and over a period of time we will get closer to 100%.
But at least in everyone’s mind, we are clear that if the ball is hitting any part of the stump, Smith got out it literally kissed the bail. So, even if it is kissing the bail the umpire has given not out that decision should be overturned when they have referred to the third umpire, it is as simple as that. Either it is out or not out. It is so confusing and somewhere it is unfair to bowlers also it is what I personally feel.”