New Delhi: The contentious Decision Review System is in focus again following a few umpiring howlers in the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia, with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday stating that they will "discuss" its conditional use once the team is back.
India were hurt during the first ODI at the WACA when George Bailey clearly nicked one off Barinder Sran to Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the first ball and was ruled not out. Australia were 21 for two then and Bailey scored a century to win the match.
In the third match also, Bailey was adjudged not out due to lack of DRS.
Australia's George Bailey celebrates after reaching his century during the ODI match between India and Australia in Perth on January 12, 2016. Pic/AFP
The BCCI secretary said that they may give it a shot if the ball tracking technology to determine leg before decision is taken out of the equation.
When Thakur was asked about it at an ICC promotional event here, he said: "I maintain that DRS in its current form is not foolproof. But if we leave aside the leg before part, we can deliberate on the conditional usage of technology. Once the players are back from Australia we will discuss the issue with them."
In fact, Thakur's viewpoint is in sync with BCCI president Shashank Manohar's views on board's official Facebook page where he also spoke about using DRS without leg before using Ball Tracker.
"Actually telling truth, BCCI was never against DRS, right from my earlier tenure. Only issue was with lbw being decided by DRS. For everything else, we accepted but ICC told us that either we accept it in full or not. We are not even willing to accept it for lbw," Manohar has said then.
While Test captain Virat Kohli is not averse to discussions on usage of the technology, it has been a strict 'no-no' for limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"We need to push the umpires to make the right decisions. You have to see how many 50-50 decisions don't go in our favour. It always happens, then you have to take it. But I am still not convinced about DRS," Dhoni had said after India's defeat in the first match Down Under.
Dhoni vs DRS
Here are the instances from recent times that India's limited overs skipper MS Dhoni has hit out at the controversial Umpire Decision Review System (DRS)
In Feb 2011: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit out at the controversial Umpire Decision Review System (URDS) after a key decision went against his side in their dramatic World Cup tie with England. "The adulteration of technology with human thinking meant we didn't get that (Bell) wicket," said Dhoni. (READ MORE)
In Dec 2011: Dhoni said during India vs Australia Test series that on-field umpires should be more consistent with their decisions rather than relying on the contentious Decision Review System (DRS). "I was a big fan of Hot Spot before the England tour. I am not so sure now. Same with snickometer. I would rather show faith and rely on umpires who have been doing the job all these years. If umpires are consistent, I don't mind," said Dhoni. (READ MORE)
In Dec 2013: Dhoni rued a couple of bad decisions which went against his side in India's 10-wicket loss to South Africa in the second cricket Test at Durban to lose the series 0-1, saying they were "at the receiving end" in the match. "The first session was crucial, we did not start well, a couple of bad decisions, tough decisions, a couple of bad shots. We were at the receiving end," he said after India lost the final Test on the fifth and final day at the Kingsmead. (READ MORE)
In Dec 2014: Dhoni said the 50-50 decisions were not going India's way after his team fell behind 2-0 in the Test series against Australia at the Gabba. "There's a lot of 50-50 decisions that are not going in our favour," he said. "We're on the receiving end more often than not. What happens in DRS, even if the DRS is around, those (contentious) decisions won't go in our favour. (READ MORE)
In Jan 2016: Dhoni maintained his stoic stance regarding India's aversion for the contentious Decision Review System (DRS) but said that he "may agree" with the notion that his team is suffering for non-usage of technology. "It could have (changed the result of the game) but at the same time, we need to push the umpires to take the right decision. You have to see how many 50-50 decisions don't go in our favour... DRS shouldn't be umpires decision justification system. It should be giving the right decision," he said. (READ MORE)