Harbhajan Singh not ‘convinced’ with DRS
By SMCS - Apr 22, 2024 1:30 pm
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Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh isn’t “convinced” with the way Decision Review System (DRS) being added in the game as he feels the technology isn’t accurate to judge the bounce of the ball as well. However, DRS technology has always made headlines for infamous reasons during a cricket match and many cricketers including former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have spoken about the incapability of this as well.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was unhappy with his dismissal

And, once again it came under the scanner as RCB batter Virat Kohli was adjudged out off Harshit Rana’s full toss in the recent match  against KKR in IPL 2024. And, Harbhajan feels the technology isn’t fully accurate. He shared his views in Episode 1 of the revolutionary podcast series, “180 Not Out” as well.

“Technology achi baat hai agar aap game me laate hain, agar game ko aage badhana hai, logo ka bhi jo rujhaan hai wo dikhta hai ki haan bhai stump pe ball lag rahi hai ya nahi. [It’s good to bring new technology in the game; it takes the game forward. I somehow am not convinced with this DRS system. I’m not fully, you know, inclined towards this ki ye ekdam sahi bata raha hai kyuki jo ball ka bounce hai ye wo judge nahi kar sakta ki ball kitna bounce ho raha hai,” Harbhajan Singh told Raman Raheja, a Sports Fan, Sports-preneur, Media professional and a Creator who put together this Podcast “180 Not Out”.

“Aur ek aur chiz hai jo mujhe khatakti hai, wo ye hai ki jab hum mohalle me cricket khelna shuru karte hain, hume dikhaya jata hai ye wicket hai, wicket pe ball lagi to out hai. Itni lagi ya itni lagi, out hai. Agar stump pe ball lagi, chu ke gayi, ya poori lagi, wo out hai. Aur agar umpire ne chooti hui ball ko not out de dia to ye not out kaise hai? Fir aap DRS ko kyu istemaal kar rahe ho jab DRS dikha raha hai ki stump pe ball lag rahi hai to it should be given out then. Aap technology ko laa bhi rahe ho aur uski baat bhi nahi maan rahe,” he opined.

Karn Sharma
Karn Sharma was dismissed after 3 sixes

Meanwhile, former India pacer S Sreesanth wished the technology had been there when he used to play cricket as he feels it would have helped him in getting more wickets as well.

“I wish so much of technology was there when we were playing, I would have got a lot of more wickets, and we would have missed some wickets as well because inside edge, lbw bhi kabhi kabhi out de dete hain, but caught behind jo out hai wo nahi milte the. Yes, technology if used wisely, it’s brilliant because you’ve got to accept the change, but don’t depend on it completely,” said Sreesanth.