DRS should also have Hot Spot says Dilshan
T. M. Dilshan suggests that if Decision Review System (DRS) is to be used it should be supported by "Hot Spot".
He said the umpires found it difficult to give certain decision without the assistance of high tech system placed on cricket fields inconsistently from time to time.
The former Sri Lanka captain was in the center of controversy after being given out by umpire Bruce Oxenford, on the fourth day, Friday, of the second cricket test played at P. Sara Oval, Colombo. Dilshan played a defensive shot off Graeme Swann and the ball crept through his bat and pad before landing in the safe hands of James Anderson, at slip.
The decision was reviewed for a long time before the third umpire confirmed that the replays were inconclusive.
The batsman was furious and threw his helmet as he returned to the pavilion, which may still leave the opening batsman for yet another fine in the same match.
"I was little bit disappointed. I threw the helmet to the sun but unfortunately it went a little bit further," said Dilshan.
"I wanted to go for a big one. I was disappointed there, "Dilshan said at the post match press conference.
"I can’t control the decisions given by the umpires. We have to accept those decisions. But I can suggest one thing. If the DRS is applied to test cricket or One Day Cricket, we should have 'Hot Spot'.
"Then, there'll be more balance and more decisions will go on the correct way" Dilshan said in front of several English journalists, who report mostly on cricket.
"It's very difficult for umpires to give certain decisions when the 'Hot Spot' is not there" Dilshan added.
As Wikipedia reports:
"Hot Spot is an infra-red imaging system used in cricket to determine whether the ball has struck the batsman, bat or pad.
"Hot Spot requires two infrared cameras on opposite sides of the ground above the field of play that are continuously recording an image. Any suspected snick or bat/pad event can be verified by examining the infrared image, which usually shows a bright spot where contact friction from the ball has elevated the local temperature.
"Where referrals to an off-field third umpire are permitted, the technology is used to enhance the on-field umpire's decision-making accuracy. Where referrals are not permitted, the technology is used primarily as an analysis aid for televised coverage."
The opener says that he was 100 per cent sure that he didn't edge the ball.
"That's why I straightaway went for the review. But unfortunately, I had to accept the umpire's decision" Dilshan said.
Dilshan's dismissal at 104 for two, proved costly to Sri Lanka as out of form Kumar Sangakkara too followed him to the pavilion, 21 runs later. However, Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene repaired the damage with a 90 runs stand for the fifth wicket before Graeme Swann came and removed Samaraweera and nightwatchman, Suraj Randiv, in the space of three balls.
"We were about 33 runs in front with only four wickets down. Unfortunately two wickets fell quickly and turned the game towards England" Dilshan said.
"We have batsmen to come. If we can bat the first session tomorrow, we believe we have a good chance to win the test match.
"It’s not easy to chase more than 130-140. It's not an easy wicket, it's turning and bouncing. We still believe we can win the test tomorrow" Dilshan said positively.
(By Daminda Wijesuriya)