Dhoni defends BCCI’s stand on DRS after Bailey catch controversy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Perth
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2016 08:36 IST
Australia's George Bailey celebrates with team mate Steve Smith after making his century against India in Perth. (Reuters Photo)

An umpiring error to reprieve George Bailey, which proved the turning point of the game, has again triggered the debate over India’s opposition to DRS.

Chasing 310, Australia were struggling at 21 for two when Bailey gloved to be caught down the leg side but umpire Richard Kettleborough failed to spot it and declined India’s appeal, which skipper MS Dhoni admitted he himself was not so sure about.

On replay, it showed Bailey had edged and he went on to score match-winning century before returning to rub it in by commenting that it’s not his team that doesn’t want the DRS.

India captain M S Dhoni put the blame on the umpires for the mistake and reiterated that the India was not convinced with the DRS in its current form.

“Are you indirectly saying we are not getting decisions in our favour because we don’t use DRS?” Dhoni retorted.

“It could have but at the same time 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,” he added, hinting that his team may be on the receiving end of the umpiring decisions because of their opposition to DRS.

In logical point, Dhoni emphasised that the DRS should be about what has happened and not what is going to happen.

“DRS should not be the umpires’ decision justification system. It should be giving the right decision. Like in tennis you don’t say the umpire called it out and half the ball has to pitch inside the line. It has to be plain and simple.”

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