Bengaluru: The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) seems not working satisfactorily, if the incident of Ian Bel in the crucial India-England Group B encounter is of any indication.
On turning down an appeal for lbw against Ian Bell from bowler Yuvraj Singh, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, sought review by the third umpire.
Ironically, even the UDRS upheld the stand-in umpire Bowden’s decision, while the TV replays clearly show the ball which struck on Ian Bel’s pads, knocking the middle and leg stumps.
Obviously miffed with the controversial UDRS verdict, Dhoni reacted sharply; “Adulteration of technology with human thinking is bad.” Perhaps, for the first time on use the UDRS proved so blatantly foul in 2011 world cup match.
The UDRS is introduced for the first time in World Cup in a bid to utilize available technology to ensure ‘fair’ game play in cricket.
If such technology too proves no ‘fair’ play then, why not leave that to human errors, which might be more acceptable per se than this ‘tech-use’.