Eng seething at India’s reluctance to use DRS following series of conflicting decisions
London: India’s reluctance to use the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) technology has infuriated touring England team following number of debatable decisions in the ongoing Test series.
Despite lobbying within the boardrooms of the International Cricket Council (ICC), India remain unmoved as far as accepting ball tracking and hot-spot technology are concerned.
It is a stance, which has cost both sides wickets in this series and particularly angered England in the ongoing final Test match in Nagpur after Alastair Cook was given out caught behind off Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday for 13 despite not hitting the ball.
Cook was also the victim of a poor leg before wicket decision in the first innings and both incidents would have been overturned if DRS had been in operation.
“It is very frustrating and we as a team are all for DRS. We want to use it. We know the right decisions are made because of it,” the Telegraph quoted England fast bowler James Anderson, as saying.
“There have been decisions throughout this series that could have been overturned if we had DRS and it is frustrating when one of our best players [Cook] is on the end of a bad decision in this innings and the first,” he added.
Former captain Nasser Hussain picked out 10 decisions in this series that would have been overturned by DRS, and in this match alone there have been three glaring errors including the ones involving Cook.
For India, Cheteshwar Pujara was given out caught off his glove in India’s first innings but replays proved the ball struck his arm.
N Srinivasan, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, had earlier claimed in this series that India believed the DRS system undermined the authority of the umpire and, for as long as he is personally opposed, it appears unlikely the situation will change.