India once again ended on top in the ongoing Test against Australia in Melbourne. The day three saw Australia bowl out India for 326 but succumbed to 133-6, leading by only two runs and require a herculean effort from the lower order to bring them back in the game. However, a couple of Australian batsmen survived due to umpire’s call and Sunil Gavaskar expressed his unhappiness with the same.
Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Burns escaped dismissals against Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah in the second innings even as the ball clipped the bails. However, the third umpire adjusted it as the umpire’s call and the on-field decision fell in favour of Australia. Sachin Tendulkar took to his official Twitter handle and criticised the Decision Review System for not favouring the players, who are unhappy with the decision and hence, ask for a review.
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
If everything is given out, we could have really short matches: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar iterated the example of Steve Smith’s dismissal against Jasprit Bumrah, saying that when the ball clips the stumps, its speed is so much that it can remove the bails. Thus, the same has to apply for the leg-before dismissal too since the bails will fall off if the ball hits the timber. At the same time, the 71-year old also believes that if the umpires give every decision as out, the matches would be short.
“I think the Steve Smith dismissal shows that even when the ball clips the stumps, its speed is so much that it can remove the bails. If you are appealing for leg-before wicket and if the ball is going to clip the stumps, the speed is such, even spinner’s, that the bails will come off. If everything is given out, we could have really short matches,” Gavaskar told ABC Sport.