Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan wants DRS to be introduced in the IPL

"When a decision is given you have to walk out" says the offie

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Sri Lankan Spin King Muttiah Muralitharan has backed for the use of Decision Review System in the IPL. The former off-spinner, who is playing the role of bowling coach for the Sunrisers Hyderabad currently, wants BCCI to improve its umpiring standards with help of the system, similar to its use in the international arena.

The umpiring issue stole all the limelight during the first few days of the IPL due to two major decision errors from the standing umpires. In the match where Mumbai played host to the Knight Riders, Rohit Sharma was adjudged as leg before wicket in spite of the fact that replays clearly showed the ball ricochet off the bat, onto the pads.

In an interesting turn of events, Sunrisers captain David Warner was allowed to take strike even after he smashed the last ball of the preceding over to the boundary. Kieron Pollard was also adjudged not out even though he was plumb. Keeping these incidents in mind, BCCI would like to have a reality check on the umpiring standards prevalent in the IPL without the DRS system. BCCI have had a complicated stance on the DRS system as they did not believe that the system is 100% correct.

Former Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai SuperKings player, Muralitharan went on to state that IPL will benefit with DRS implemented once in every innings which can get rid of the howlers. “The DRS is good. It can be introduced once in each innings in T20 which will help avoid these situations” as quoted as saying by Indiatimes.

On the issue of players like Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni being fined for dissent shown against the umpires, Murali commented that one has to adopt proper demeanor as it is a gentlemen’s game and umpires are humans too.

“It’s tradition. When a decision is given you have to walk out. They say it’s a gentleman game. You have to walk out. You can have disappointments but have to keep it to oneself rather than showing publicly. Because when you do that you put the umpire under pressure. He is human and can make mistakes the same way a player can.” concluded the spin wizard. It will be interesting to see what measures BCCI initiates to implement DRS in the cash-rich league.