A major turning point in the first ODI between Australia and India at Perth was the decision ruled in favor of George Bailey on the bowling of Barinder Sran. Australia had been rocked early and lost both openers with 21 on board. Sran was on fire and another wicket could have been disastrous for the hosts. Sran bowled a left stump line to Bailey, and the ball flicked his thigh pad and went straight into the hands of MS Dhoni. However, the ball found also found the nick of Bailey’s willow when it made contact with the pad. Despite appealing, the umpire gave it not out and Bailey then went on to score a fascinating ton.
It was felt that had the Decision Review System (DRS) been present, Bailey could have been dismissed and it could have changed the course of the game. However, in the post match conference, skipper MS Dhoni made it clear that he still had his reservations over the DRS. “Are you indirectly saying we are not getting decisions in our favour because we don’t use DRS,?” said Dhoni after the game.
“It could have but at the same time we need to push the umpires to make the right decisions. You have to see how many 50-50 decisions don’t go in our favour. It always happens, then you have to take it. But I am still not convinced about DRS,” said the Indian captain.
“First DRS should ideally be the decision-making system,” he said. “If you see the deviations in DRS, there are quite a few deviations. Even the makers agree that can happen. Now you have to also take into account whether it was given not out or out. If it was given out it needs to touch the stump for the decision to remain out; if it was not out it needs to hit half the stump to be given out. That itself makes the variable too big. In cricket every inch, every millimetre, matters,” said Dhoni.