Aakash Chopra Criticizes 'Umpire's Call' After Joe Burns Becomes Its Latest Victim

Aakash Chopra Criticizes ‘Umpire’s Call’ After Joe Burns Becomes Its Latest Victim

Joe Burns, Aakash Chopra
Joe Burns [Photo-Twitter]

Former Indian opener-turned commentator Aakash Chopra has come down heavily on the ‘Umpire’s Call’ aspect of the Decision Review System [DRS] after Australian opener Joe Burns became its latest victim on the second day of the ongoing pink-ball Test against India.

Burns, who had come into the Test match on the back of horrendous form, did well to negotiate the opening spell of Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav as he nudged his way to a patient 41-ball 8.

But, with Jasprit Bumrah changing his end, Burns’s luck soon ran out as he was trapped on the pads by a yorkish length delivery. India appealed and the umpire reciprocated by adjudging the Australian opener leg-bef0re-wicket.

 Joe Burns, Aakash Chopra
Ball-tracking during Joe Burns dismissal [Photo-Twitter]
On the first impression, it looked like the ball may have been going down the leg-side. Burns rightly took the DRS but to his horror, the ball-tracking showed that it would have clipped the outside of leg-stick. Australia’s review was retained courtesy of ‘Umpire’s Call’ but since the on-field decision was out, Joe Burns had to walk back to the pavilion.

Reacting on the same, Aakash Chopra said that he is not a big fan of the ‘Umpire’s Call’ as it leaves a huge range of ambiguity besides challenging the authenticity of the technology.

”The Umpire’s Call is a bit of a whim actually. I don’t like it. You have to decide whether it’s out or not-out. If it is clipping less than 50℅ then it is not-out, period. Whichever way you want to decide, you decide, its the Umpire’s call that I don’t like,” Aakash Chopra told ESPNCricinfo.

“Because it leaves a huge range of ambiguity and also the authenticity of technology. You are using it, but you don’t trust it enough. So, if you don’t trust it enough, don’t use it. Joe Burns had every reason to be aggrieved that this is not right. But this is how the rules are. So, had he given him not-out, it remains not-out, and you walk away and you are quite happy with it. But just because the umpire gave it out, looks very 50-50 to me” he added.

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