- Sachin Tendulkar, the master blaster, said that ICC must look into DRS, especially Umpire’s Call
- Tendulkar’s statement came when two Australia batsmen were given not-out
- Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne survived the DRS calls owing to the Umpire’s Call
Sachin Tendulkar, who is often regarded as the god of the game, has expressed displeasure over the “Umpire’s Call” option in the DRS – Decision Review System – as two Australian batsmen, Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne were ruled “not out” on the review after the ball-tracking returned to “Umpire’s Call” on the 3rd Day of the second test match being played between India and Australia in Melbourne.
Burns was hit on the pads by Jasprit Bumrah which made team India appeal. The on-field umpire ruled it as not out and after some deliberation, Ajinkya Rahane, India’s skipper, went for the review. The, DRS returned to “Umpire’s Call” which meant that the on-field Umpire’s decision of not out stayed.
Had the on-field umpire given it out and Australia would have reviewed it, the decision would have stood.
Tendulkar, taking it to Twitter, wrote, “The reason players opt for a review is because they’re unhappy with the decision taken by the on-field umpire. The DRS system needs to be thoroughly looked into by the @ICC, especially for the ‘Umpires Call’. #AUSvIND”.
The reason players opt for a review is because they’re unhappy with the decision taken by the on-field umpire.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 28, 2020
The DRS system needs to be thoroughly looked into by the @ICC, especially for the ‘Umpires Call’.#AUSvIND
Burns, who was on the crease with 1 run to his name, survived on that occasion, however, failed to make the most of that opportunity as he edged an Umesh Yadav delivery behind to wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant to be dismissed for 4 runs to his name.
Marnus Labuschagne was another beneficiary of the “Umpire’s Call” in the DRS when he was batting on 24 as a delivery from Mohammed Siraj hit the batsman on the pads, however, the on-field Umpire decided to stay not-out post review.
The Australias No. 3 batsman, too, failed to take advantage of the life given as R Ashwin sent him back to the dressing room with a straight ball that took Labuschagne’s outside edge and landed in Rahane’s hands at slip.
Labuschagne made 28 in the inning.
In the second Test match played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia were bowled out for just 195 in the first innings while India posted a respectable score of 326 as Ajinkya Rahane scored 112 while Ravindra Jadeja scored 57.
In the 4 match Test series against Australia, India trails 1-0 after it lost the first match in Adelaide by 8 wickets.