India Today Conclave 2023: Speaking to India Today in New Delhi on Friday, Sachin Tendulkar expressed his disagreement towards the current DRS format, saying if the ball is hitting the stumps, then it should be out.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 17, 2023 18:52 IST
Tendulkar says he disagrees with current DRS format (India Today)
By India Today Web Desk: Legendary batter Sachin Tendulkar expressed his disagreement towards the current DRS format, saying if the ball is hitting the stumps, then it should be out.
Speaking at India Today Conclave 2023, Tendulkar said he would’ve loved taking DRS reviews during his playing days and joked that he would have taken quite a few.
“Quite a few, I couldn’t count them on my fingers for sure (when asked how many times he would’ve referred to DRS if it existed during his playing days). I would have loved it, without any doubt. Some decisions go in your favour, some go against you as well,” said Tendulkar.
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The Master Blaster said that neither technology nor humans are fool-proof, insisting that before DRS, umpires were making blatant mistakes that would decide if matches were won or lost.
“We’re only pointing fingers at technology, but it’s not fool-proof and so are humans. Before DRS, there were blatant mistakes made and because of those mistakes and because a third person was deciding the fate, matches were either lost or won,” Tendulkar added.
He went on to say that he completely disagrees with the current format, saying that if the ball hits the stumps, it should be out.
“I completely disagree with the current format, if the ball is hitting the stumps, it’s out and if not, the batter continues to bat.When someone, either the batter or bowler, is unhappy with the on-field umpire’s call and that’s why they go to the third umpire. Then why are they going back to the decision of the on-field umpire? If you’ve decided to go that route (with technology), then go that route. But what we’re trying to do is mixing both things and I disagree,” said Tendulkar.
The Master Blaster finished his playing career as the all-time highest run-scorer in both ODI and Test cricket with over 18000 runs and 15000 runs respectively. After his retirement, he worked as Mumbai Indians team mentor in 2021. He recently returned to action, participating in the Road Safety World Series.