Indian team has always opposed the Decision Review System. Indeed the DRS system has advantages and at the same time have glitches too. And for once again, Indian team has opposed the DRS system and the DRS will not be in operation throughout the 5-match test series which starts in Nottingham’s Trent Bridge from Tomorrow.
For the matter of major ICC tournaments as the ODI World Cup, the standardised playing conditions and rules are applied while for “bilateral series”, there are a matter of agreements between both of the teams. This is the case happened in here. Both the teams decided to play the series without the involvement of DRS.
Though England were in favour of the Decision Review System, but it was quite obvious that India’s supremacy in the World Cricket will allow their suggestion and their will to take effect and that is why DRS operation will not be used in the series.
Also this is the first series to be played between two of the Big Three, after the concept came in. India previously got help from the DRS system and several decisions in the World Cup went in favour of them.
An instance of the DRS between India and England was on the 2011 World Cup when England’s Ian Bell was given not out by Billy Bowden after India spinner Yuvraj Singh appealed for lbw. Yuvraj was certain Bell was out and persuaded India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to request a review. Replays on the giant screen at the ground indicated the ball had struck Bell in line and was going on to hit the stumps.
Thus Bell started to walk back to the pavilion but surprisingly he was sent back. It was emerged that he’d been hit on the pad more than 2.5 metres down the pitch, a distance from which Hawkeye tracking technology is said to be unreliable. As a result, the decision reverted to Bowden and the umpire with the “Crooked Finger” upheld his original not out verdict.
From that instant, India started expressing their displeasures on the DRS and have not used it until they are forced to do so. Dhoni expressed his displeasure regarding the matter and did not accept the DRS operation since then.
But one of the former Indian all-rounders, Ravi Shastri who is a member of ICC’s cricket committee stated last week that it is just quite a myth that BCCI and India are opposed to DRS. According to him, they want the technology to be consistent. Also he told that, he want it to be taken away from the players. He suggests that this operation should be done by the umpires only. He is also unsatisfied with the current DRS which claims that a team can have a maximum of 2 unsuccessful reviews.
Even Ravi Shastri added by sayting Stuart Broad could not have made his test hat trick against India in 2011, had the review system were proper then.