Time to review DRS as well as umpires using them
Dravid's dismissals in England, wide of the mark as they were, have stirred the debate about the use of Decision Review System (DRS) once again.india Updated: Sep 08, 2011 01:58 IST
Yes, 'Hot Spot' has failed to detect faint edges and the Audio Tracking device hasn't been of much help either. But is that enough to dump the DRS completely?
Let's revisit Dravid's caught-behind dismissal off Broad in the first ODI. The umpire turned down the appeal and the decision was referred to the third umpire. Hot Spot showed nothing, there was no visible deviation off the bat and the nick wasn't loud enough, either to suggest that Dravid had indeed edged the ball. In short, technology didn't show anything conclusive for the third umpire to overturn the original decision. Still, he went ahead and did just that. Would you blame the technology or the standard of umpiring? I'd blame the latter, for the fundamentals on which the DRS works is to look for conclusive evidence. Guesswork is the prerogative of the on-field umpire. Isn't there a bigger issue that must be addressed before debating the merits of using the DRS? After all even the best technology will fail if the people who're handling it are incompetent.
Whenever the ICC decides to review the DRS, it must ensure that accepted technologies are not only available but also used in every single series.