Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has urged the International Cricket Council [ICC] to have a thorough look at the Decision Review System [DRS] after several close LBW calls went in Australia’s favor due to ‘Umpires Call’ on the third day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test.
The ‘Umpires Call’ has been a huge point of contention for a long time now and on Monday, the discussions around it once again shot up after Australian opener Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne survived close LBW calls.
The first incident took place early on in the Australian innings when Jasprit Bumrah hit opener, Joe Burns, on his toe courtesy a pacy pin-point yorker. The Indians went up immediately but the on-field umpire did not seem too interested and adjudged it as ‘not out’.
India went for the review, which displayed ‘Umpire’s Call’. Had the on-field official given it out then Joe Burns would have been on his bike. But since the umpire had ruled it not-out, Burns survived despite the replay showing that the ball would have hit the stumps.
The second instance happened when Mohammed Siraj got one to jag back into Marnus Labuschagne, pinning the right-hander on the backfoot. However, once again the on-field decision was not-out and despite the ball hitting the stumps, it stayed that way as according to the rules of the DRS, more than 50 percent has to hit the sticks to overturn the on-field call.
Taking cognizance of the proceedings, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter where he 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.
The DRS system needs to be thoroughly looked into by the @ICC, especially for the ‘Umpires Call’.#AUSvIND
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 28, 2020
Meanwhile, India eventually went on to dismiss both Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne shortly after the controversial DRS calls. While Burns was undone by a brute of delivery by Umesh Yadav, one that seamed away wickedly off the seam to take the opener’s outside edge. Labuschagne, on the other hand, was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin after he edged a quicker delivery straight to Ajinkya Rahane.
At the time of writing, India had dismissed six Aussie batsmen with the visitors still 16 runs ahead.