Let’s be very honest at first, it’s easier for us, the viewers or any other person to speak rudely on the umpires regarding the Decision Review System (DRS), but the microscopic look at it could draw a magnifying picture of how tough it becomes for those two gentlemen on the field in a pressurized hot situation. But the renowned game always deserves the best possible rule about it and the DRS doesn’t seem to be too soft to all of us.
The First Name was called UDRS:
The recent included Border-Gavaskar Trophy has already added some fuel to the already burning fire. Cricketers and some former legends have raised their valued questions against its perfection. Let’s make a short tour about the subject we are speaking about.
July 2008 saw a new Decision Review System being inaugurated in India’s test series in Sri Lanka what saw as many as 12 decisions overturned under the DRS with only one favoring the visitors. As they called it then, the UDRS was first officially being in a NZ & PAK test match back in 2009.
July 23, 2008
The Decision Review System (DRS) is trialled in Test cricket for the first time when Sri Lanka defeated India by an innings and 239 runs in Colombo.
Can you remember the first man to be dismissed by DRS? pic.twitter.com/4U8Qz1BCNT
— 🏏Flashscore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) July 23, 2020
Different Franchiese too Involved DRS:
The 2013 September observed it being tweaked to allow teams to reset their reviews after 80 overs mark. And after so many discussions it was utilized in a T-20 in 2017 between AUS & IND. Then, after a successful short application in the PSL playoffs, the Indian Premier League hired it in 2018 season.
Because the umpires don’t like it in that sense, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had decided to leave ‘U’ from the name UDRS. As we discussed, there were so many changes in the formations of the DRS and eventually, because of the COVID-19, the teams have been gifted with three umpires in the absence of neutral umpires. Now, if the decision is “Umpire’s Call”, then the team can retain the review.
(Umpire’s Call has been produced in 2016 had been brought to encourage the on-field umpires to make decisions and give them the benefit of doubt in case of marginal lbw decisions. Therefore, for an lbw decision, if either the impact, the zone where the ball pitched or the projected ball path as it passes the stumps return as umpire’s call, the on-field umpire’s decision (out or not out) will be final.)
Tendulkar’s Thought on Decision Review System:
And this is where Legendary Sachin Tendulkar has lifted his voice on the 100MB APP, “What percent of the ball hit the stump doesn’t matter, if DRS shows us that the ball is hitting the stumps, it should be given out, regardless of the on-field call.” The former Indian who had been haunted by wrong umpiring decisions had also said he didn’t agree on the LBW decision where more than 50% of the ball must be hitting the stumps for the on-field decision to be overturned.
Opinion time. Should umpire‘s call be removed for “impact” in DRS?
It’s not predictive trajectory in this case. Part of the ball hitting in line with the stumps surely should still count as hit in line.
— CricBlog ✍ (@cric_blog) August 13, 2021
And that actually makes sense; because for example a kid who is sitting in the stadium saw a lbw decision i.e. not out being made. Just after a second when he saw that the ball hitting the stumps but still the third umpire signals the green light. He turned up to his father just to get a foolish answer that because the umpire has given it not out, it will stay because of umpire’s call.
But now, the problem is the rate 50%. Actually, we have no evidence of where the ball hits. It’s not just like other games of Badminton or Football, where we can say where the ball lands. The moment the ball hits the pads, we can only imagine the rest journey of the ball to the stumps. That’s why the ball’s journey is divided into two colors.
The Problems that Hawkeye Indicated:
Hawkeye can never be 100% accurate and its result remains open to debate. As we can’t really judge the swing, the bounce or spin, they can’t really be certain if the balls hit the sticks for less then 50%. Now, the problem in that <50% is, if the umpire says it out, it will out and vice-versa. That’s the biggest issue, how can you have two different opinions on the same incident??
Impact of pitching : Now, this is where you can see the ball, then where is the point of bringing umpire’s call here ?? if you can see where the ball lands or where it hits the batsman (impact), it should be in or out; but you say Umpire’s call !!! so this is something to look at.
I understand the current implementation of DRS… I do not understand how that can be not out in a cricket sense. It would have knocked Denly's leg stump out of the ground. Umpires call must go. #Antigua #WIvENG pic.twitter.com/wGLP6LxjUl
— Mike Haysman (@MikeHaysman) January 31, 2019
In an era where it’s the home umpires who are standing, these things should be crystal clear. Although, West Indies Captain Jason Holder has asked to produce neutral umpires by keeping them in quarantine like the players. The batsmen and bowlers had suffered in the past and that sting is still flowing. So, hopefully some of the decisions will be taken care of in the upcoming days as soon as possible.