India has been a strong critic of the Decision Review System (DRS) since its introduction in November 2009. India skipper MS Dhoni and his men though will have to accept use of the technology which will make its World Cup debut later this month.
Despite the skepticism of the BCCI about the DRS, Dhoni said on Wednesday that his team was prepared to take it in their stride. “We have done our homework and we are alright with it. It will have its share of advocates and critics as the tournament progresses but one can't really help it,” he said.
The system is in an experimental stage. It has been in vogue in Test matches and made its ODI debut in the ongoing Australia-England series. The ICC had announced last month it will go ahead with it in the World Cup. The technology, however, will be employed from the quarterfinal stage.
While leading players like Australian skipper Ricky Ponting have previously endorsed the use of technology, Dhoni's stand seemed to be more due to helplessness than conviction. However, Dhoni was relived with the World Cup format this time, unlike the previous World Cup in 2007 where India's defeat against Bangladesh eventually led to their first round exit.
“It is a bit of a relief. It should work for all teams as your road to the quarterfinals is not blocked even if you lose a match here and there,” he said. Dhoni's stand on both the format as well as the DRS has been backed by fellow team members, including Tendulkar, who according to him, will be playing in his last World Cup.
Dhoni wants to dedicate WC to Sachin
“Though we want him to continue for another World Cup or two, practically speaking, this may well be his final one. The entire team wants to put in that extra effort so that we can dedicate the victory to him,” said Dhoni, adding that it would be the best gift for the master.