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Dhoni 'may agree' that India is suffering for not using DRS

Last updated on: January 13, 2016 11:24 IST

'It could have changed the result of the game, but at the same time we need to push the umpires to take the right decision.'


IMAGE: George Bailey was adjudged not out when he was yet to open his account. Television replays, however, showed him gloving the ball. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Mahendra Singh Dhoni maintained his stoic stance regarding India's aversion for the contentious Decision Review System (DRS), but said that he ‘may agree’ with the notion that his team is suffering for non-usage of the technology.

Australia were 21 for two when George Bailey was caught down the leg side by Dhoni off the very first ball he faced from debutant seamer Barinder Sran.

The snickometer showed that ball brushed Bailey's gloves before India's skipper caught it.

While Dhoni went up in appeal, the bowler was not fully convinced and umpire Richard Kettleborough ruled it in favour of the batsmen.

Bailey went on to get a hundred and added 242 runs with skipper Steve Smith as Australia romped home.

When an Aussie scribe asked if the umpires are punishing India regarding 50-50 decisions, Dhoni replied: “I may agree with you!"

He was in agreement that a third wicket then could have changed the course of the match, but also made it clear that he wants to see the umpires make more correct decisions.

"It could have (changed the result of the game), but, at the same time, we need to push the umpires to take the right decision.

“You have to see how many 50-50 decisions don't go in our favour. And it always happens that you have to take it, but I am still not convinced about DRS."

Dhoni then explained what he thought about the DRS in its present form.

"Ideally, DRS should be a decision-making system. But there are quite a few deviations and even the makers agree with that. And in cricket every inch matters – not even inches, it's millimeters that matter.

"DRS shouldn't be umpires decision justification system. It should be giving the right decision. Like in tennis, you don't say if the umpire has given it out, half the ball needs to pitch on the line, or if he has given it not out, the scenario is different. It has to be plain and simple."

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