DRS under the scanner again after Ben Stokes' dismissal by Ashwin

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DRS under the scanner again after Ben Stokes' dismissal by Ashwin

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SportsCafe Desk


The Decision Review System (DRS) has yet again conjured up a controversy after Ben Stokes was given out after a decision was reviewed by India on the second day of the Mumbai Test. The Ultra edge, which is an advanced version of snicko, failed to pick up an edge for the wicket.

The controversy occurred when England were looking in a very comfortable position of 297/5. A R. Ashwin ball kicked off the surface, and Stokes appeared to have gotten a faint edge on the ball. The ball deflected off the shoulder of Parthiv Patel and was caught in the slips by Virat Kohli. The umpire decided to side with the batsman on the decision.

India immediately reviewed the decision and Ultra edge showed a spike when the ball crossed the bat. What made things difficult was that Stokes had hit his bat on the ground just as the ball reached his bat. Even though it looked, at least to the naked eye, as if the ball had taken the outside edge, there was nothing to back it up. 

However, the third umpire gave the Indians the decision and Stokes was sent back. Stokes. who had been adamant that it was the bat hitting the ground that made the sound, was not impressed by the decision. 

The BCCI have always been criticized for their opposition of the DRS and this time England will feel the brunt of the decision. However, it must be added that the BCCI have refused to use the hotspot technology that could have easily cleared things up in the match.

You can watch the incident here.

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