Every Test cricketer should be happy with the Decision Review System (DRS), according to India captain Virat Kohli.
The DRS, designed to remove umpiring howlers by allowing batsmen and the fielding captain to refer some decisions, was first trialled in a Test between India and Sri Lanka in 2008.
It made such a terrible impression that India, concerned about the accuracy of technology, refused to use it again for eight years.
But whereas former skipper MS Dhoni was a staunch – and vocal – critic of the system, Kohli is happy to accept any imperfections and inconsistencies because the good outweighs the bad.
India’s first Test against Australia was a prime example.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane both overturned their dismissals in India’s second innings to swing momentum in the low-scoring match at Adelaide Oval.
But the third umpire’s day-five reprieve for Pat Cummins, which surprised many commentators, could have proven costly given the tailender was on zero at the time and threatened to drag Australia to the most unlikely of victories.
“We had a word with the umpires,” Kohli said, when asked about Cummins’ dismissal being overturned.
“You have to take all the pros and cons with it. Sometimes the inconclusive decisions go your way and sometimes they don’t.
“I’m OK with it.
“There are significant decisions that the DRS has been able to overrule and the game has gone to a different dimension altogether, it’s something I think all cricketers should be happy with.”
Kohli accepted it’s unlikely DRS would ever be “totally error-free” and that was fine.
“I’m sure they’ll look at the technological blips that are happening right now and try to correct them,” he said.
“There are variables in the technology.
“Nothing’s going to be perfect. You take human errors into consideration.”
Tim Paine flagged concerns about ball-tracking technology after the first Test, suggesting “a lot of balls seem to be going over the top … that live don’t look like they are”.
“It’s not a perfect system and I haven’t got the answers. It’s just frustrating, I’d imagine it’s frustrating for everyone,” Paine said.