Cricket: Should be given ‘out’ if DRS shows that ball is hitting stumps, says Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday spoke on the topic of the Decision Review System (DRS) and how the International Cricket Council (ICC) has increased the number of reviews per team in Test cricket for the time being with cricket being played in times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 guidelines forced the ICC to go implement the rule of local umpires for the time being which is why English umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth were chosen to officiate in the Southampton Test at the Ageas Bowl stadium. But the duo have made quite a few mistakes already in the match with 5 wrong calls against the Windies in the first three days.

Tendulkar agreed with ICC’s decision to increase the number of referrals per team to 3 from 2 in Test cricket but differed on the leg-before rule in which at least 50 percent of the ball has to hit the stumps for the third umpire to overturn the on-field umpire’s decision. Tendulkar said that even if the ball is kissing the stumps or just brushing it, the decision should go in favour of the bowlers.

“One thing I don’t agree with, with the ICC, is the DRS they’ve been using for quite some time. It is the LBW decision where more than 50% of the ball must be hitting the stumps for the on-field decision to be overturned. The only reason they (the batsman or the bowler) have gone upstairs is because they are unhappy with the on-field decision, so when the decision goes to the third umpire, let the technology take over; just like in Tennis – it’s either in or out, there’s nothing in between.