Indian skipper makes a massive statement on DRS

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We need consistent DRS for girls to understand the concept, says Mithali Raj

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03/01/2019

India ODI skipper Mithali Raj has asked for DRS on a more consistent basis stating that it would help the girls to understand when and where to use it. The skipper also called for more commitment in inconsequential games after India lost the third ODI after sealing series in the first two games.

Though the introduction of DRS might have given a huge helping hand to the players in world cricket but, most of them are far from understanding the complexities of it and using it wisely - the best example of which would be the Pakistan team. And India skipper Mithali Raj has stressed on the fact that it gets introduced in a full-fledged manner in women’s cricket.

"We would love to have DRS because when it comes to big events, we have DRS. We need to get a little more experience for the girls to understand the concept of DRS, how and when to take it. We had it in New Zealand, suddenly we don't have it at home,” said Raj after the match on Thursday, reported Cribuzz.

"If it is irregular, it gets difficult for the players to accept a concept like that. It has its own effects. It is good in a way, and it also bad also. Some dismissals go your way, but at crucial stages, some dismissals don't go your way. It's part of the sport. In perspective of a player, if it's consistently followed, it will be much better for the girls to understand it more clearly as to when to use and how to use."

Raj was the first women captain to use DRS following the 2017 ICC women's World Cup although she has always been of the opinion that cricketers’ fate relies a lot on luck and that makes the sport interesting.

"I have led before DRS also. For me, personally it does not matter because I believe at times you get a caught-behind and just get away with it. And sometimes, you don't even know but you are given out. It is all part of the sport and that makes the matches interesting."

India succumbed to a two-wicket loss against England in the third ODI after sealing the three-match series in the first two matches itself. However, the skipper called for more concentration in the dead rubber games, stating that they would try to make the outcome 3-0, rather than 2-1.

"Winning against one of the quality sides with full strength gives lot of confidence to this side," she said. "Only in New Zealand, we felt it was a one-sided game in the third ODI. But it was a well-fought match against Sri Lanka, which went till the last over, and also in South Africa when we played South Africa, so those matches were well-fought. But this we did address and the girls do understand. We will definitely work on it, so that in the coming series, if we are in a similar position, we would like to make it 3-0," she added.

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