Decision Review System (DRS) finally made its India debut with the number one ranked team led by Virat Kohli taking on England in the first Test in Rajkot. India had for long opposed the usage of technology in cricket by finding the DRS to be unreliable and not a fully developed system.
However, the advent of Anil Kumble as coach and skipper Virat Kohli’s acceptance of the system have paved the way for DRS to be used and there has already been usage of the technology – both unsuccessfully.
First ever usage of the DRS came when new England Test batsman and teenager Haseeb Hameed was trapped leg before by R Ashwin. It was almost a desperate attempt to see the screen flash “Not Out” on the Lancashire batsman’s part. While the umpire gave him out after being trapped on the back pad, Hameed asked for the review. The look by the TV umpire highlighted that the ball was hitting him in line and the ball tracking system said it was going to hit the off stump. It looked to be out any day and the review seemed to be a waste.
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Later, it was India’s turn to ask for the review when Joe Root was on 92 and was caught leg before by Umesh Yadav. Kumar Dharamasena believed it to be not out after the number three batsman tried to play the ball onto the on side but missed the bat to be caught in front of middle and leg. With the absence of hotspot, ball tracking was used and it highlighted that the ball was going on to clip the outside of the leg stump. The little margin of error left the decision on the umpire and that stood at not out. Lucky reprieve for Root and England were lucky.