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Dhoni 'still not convinced' about DRS

January 13, 2016 11:14 IST

But the ODI captain was critical of spinners for their failure to come good in the first ODI against Australia on Tuesday

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at a press conference 

IMAGE: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at a press conference. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

India's ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday admitted that his spinners failed to perform at their absolute best and said he is still doubtful about the dependability of the Umpire Decision Review System.

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"They batted really well. They played a few big shots but other than that I felt that was a time when they rotated extremely well. They were still getting more than six runs in an over and I felt that was an area when there was a lot of pressure on us, because the spinners also went for quite a few boundaries.

“So, I felt that was a phase where we could have bowled slightly differently may be. But other than that if you see our fast bowlers bowled well and gave us a very good start. I feel the spinners could have done better when it comes to bowling," Dhoni told the media after the match.

 George Bailey was adjudged not out when he was yet to open his account. Television replays, however, showed him gloving the ball

IMAGE: George Bailey was adjudged not out when he was yet to open his account. Television replays, however, showed him gloving the ball. Photograph: Fox Sports/Twitter

The DRS (or the lack of it) came into focus when 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 Barinder Sran.

The snickometer showed that ball brushed Bailey's gloves before the Indian 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.

Expressing his views on not using Decision Review System (DRS), the skipper believes that there should not be umpires' decision justification system but instead there should be umpires taking right decision.

"We have to push the umpires to take the right decision and you have to see how many 50-50 decision doesn't go in our favour and it always happens. I am still not convinced about DRS," he said.

"There is quite a few deviations in DRS. Even the makers agree that there is a bit of deviation that can happen. You have to also take into account weather to give not out or out. So DRS should not be umpires decision justification system. It should be giving the right decision," he added.

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