5 Dumbest DRS calls in cricket history
It is quite difficult for a player to discuss it with their teammates properly within 15 seconds and then go for the review.
Updated - May 2, 2020 8:33 pm
The use of technology has given an extra layer of protection to the players on the field. The ability to challenge an umpire decision is probably one of the best things that have happened to the sport. After years of players criticising umpires for adjudging them out wrongly, the Decision Review System or DRS has opened up a platform where players can actually check if they are not satisfied with the decision from the umpire.
However, players have not always been able to use DRS properly. It is quite difficult for a player to discuss it with their teammates properly within 15 seconds and then go for the review. This has sometimes created a situation where the players have asked for a very stupid review.
Without further to do, let us check 5 Dumbest DRS calls in cricket history:
1. Mushfiqur Rahim
This incident took place during a Test match between India and Bangladesh in Hyderabad in 2017. Virat Kohli was batting quite well and the visitors were having a tough day on the field already. Taijul Islam bowled a normal ball, which didn’t spin much and Kohli pushed the ball from the middle of his bat while stretching his front foot forward.
While Taijul was walking back to his bowling mark, captain Mushfiqur Rahim kept appealing for a leg before wicket. As the umpire didn’t give Kohli out, Rahim out of desperation to get a wicket decided to take a review. All this while, Kohli kept standing and smiling knowing that he had hit it.
Once the slow-motion replays were played, the third umpire could see that ball had clearly hit in the middle of the bat. In fact, the ball had hit no part of the pads. The third umpire adjudged Kohli not out as he went back to batting and kept smiling for a while.