Decision Review System got introduced into Cricket to help the players in case of any wrong decision made by the on field umpire. The move itself was good by ICC as the on field disturbance that might affect the on field umpire’s call. But Indian Cricket Team opposed it.
WHY BCCI OPPOSED THE MOVE FROM ICC
Indian Cricket Team became the first to speak against it, and didn’t use DRS in the beginning when the others teams were using DRS in their matches. But later after a few years even Indian Cricket Team accepted the use of DRS in their matches.
Speaking about the technology itself, DRS incorporates a Snickometer and a pitch map. Both of them are to trace the pitching of the ball and the trajectory onto which the ball is expected to move.
Hotspot is another component of the DRS system, but not used by everyone. Only a few including Australian Cricket Board uses the Hotspot.
If we talk about the accuracy of the DRS, it has always been under the scanner. The major tournaments might suffer the most where one wrong decision changes the fate of the team in that tournament. World Cup is the worst place where DRS decisions should go wrong. But sadly the issues are happening in this ICC Cricket World Cup.
WHAT HAPPENED IN TODAY’S MATCH
ROHIT SHARMA became a victim of DRS today in the ongoing match between INDIA vs WEST INDIES. A ball from Kemar Roach hits his front pad, the original decision of the on field umpires was reviewed by the West Indian team. The third umpire after going through the standard procedure of DRS gave him out. It is absolutely disappointing as the ball did not hit bat and the third umpire had ample time to make the right call. But the umpire gave the wrong decision.
It is very difficult to understand what went through the umpire’s mind but it has literally opened the Pandora’s Box. This has created a mass discussion about DRS on the social media,in the cricketing fraternity and here at thewordsplay aswell. Only time will tell if the discussion that has started today would lead to some concrete outcome or not.