Dhoni hints at conspiracy against BCCI's stance on DRS usage
MS Dhoni hinted at the possibility of India being punished for their opposition to the use of DRS technology
A memorable knock of an unbeaten 171 by Rohit Sharma took India to a total of 309 for the loss of three wickets yesterday in their clash with Australia yesterday at the WACA stadium, Perth.
However, the men in blues failed to defend the total in the flat WACA pitch as Steve Smith and George Bailey chased it down with 149 and 112 runs respectively to script a five wicket victory.
Bailey, who came down to bat at number four, glanced the first ball he faced to the leg-side which was caught by Indian skipper and wicket-keeper MS Dhoni.
Reviews from the hot-spot technology showed that the ball flicked Bailey’s glove. This was when the home side were struggling for 2-21.
The 33-year-old Australian T20I captain went on to score a century which was instrumental in the Aussie chase.
MS Dhoni has hinted at a DRS conspiracy against the touring Indians, saying that 50-50 decisions do not go in the touring side’s favour since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been opposing the technology stringently in all games involving India.
Dhoni said, "I may agree with you," when he was asked by a reporter whether he felt India was being punished in 50-50 decisions for their opposition to DRS usage.
Bailey decision could have changed outcome of game: Dhoni
Hot spot showed that there was a nick and snicko strengthened the evidence. There was a half-hearted appeal from the Indian side but with no DRS available, India had to accept the not out decision from the umpire.
Dhoni also asked the reporter, "Are you indirectly saying that we don't get decisions in our favour because we don't use DRS?" before talking about the decision that went out of favour for India.
"It could have (changed the outcome of game), but at the same time, we need to push the umpires to make the right decision and you have to see how many 50-50 decisions doesn't go in our favour and it always happens. Then (in that case) you have to take it, but I'm still not convinced about DRS," the Indian skipper said.
"I tell you what DRS should be; it should be the decision making system," Dhoni said. "If you see the deviations in DRS, there are quite a few deviations, even the makers agree that there's a bit of deviation that can happen. Now you have to also take into account whether it was given not out or not. If it's given out, it needs to touch the stump, if it's not out, then half the ball needs to hit the stump. That itself makes the variables too big and in cricket every inch matters, it's millimetres that really matters.”
The BCCI remains unmoved with their stance in the use of the technology in cricket. BCCI president, Shashank Manohar said that BCCI would continue opposing the technology until DRS became a ‘foolproof’ technology.