Australia v India: Indian captain MS Dhoni hints at DRS conspiracy

MS Dhoni has hinted at a DRS conspiracy against the touring Indians, saying 50-50 decisions do not go in his team's favour in the wake of centurion George Bailey being given not out first ball. 

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With Australia struggling at 2-21, Bailey glanced a ball to the leg-side which was caught by Dhoni. There was half an appeal and umpire Richard Kettleborough was unmoved. 

Replays - using Hot Spot technology - showed the ball flicked Bailey's glove. From there the 33-year-old bludgeoned a century in a record-breaking stand with Steve Smith which helped Australia chase down India's 309. 

MS Dhoni has hinted at a DRS conspiracy against the touring Indians.
MS Dhoni has hinted at a DRS conspiracy against the touring Indians.  Photo: AP

Dhoni was asked whether he felt India was punished in 50-50 decisions because its board - the BCCI - will not adopt the technology, to which the skipper replied: "I may agree with you." 

He also asked another reporter: "Are you indirectly saying that we don't get decisions in our favour because we don't use DRS?" before giving his thoughts on the Bailey non-dismissal. 


"It could have [changed the outcome of game], but at the same time, we need to push the umpires to make the right decision and you have to see how many 50-50 decisions doesn't go in our favour and it always happens. Then [in that case] you have to take it, but I'm still not convinced about DRS." 

Speaking after Dhoni at the post-match press conference, Bailey lit the fuse on a sensitive matter by cheekily implying if DRS was used in the series he might have been in a bit of trouble. 

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Lucky break: George Bailey survived a first ball scare to star for Australia. Photo: Getty Images

"Yeah, it just caught the thigh guard a little bit I reckon," said Bailey with a smile. "It would have been interesting on DRS to have a look at that wouldn't it?"

The BCCI remains unmoved on its anti-technology stance with president Shashank Manohar saying in December that unless DRS became "foolproof" the Indians would continue to refuse the technology. 

Dhoni tiptoed the question as to whether the whole playing group was united on the issue of DRS before going on to give his explanation of why he thinks the technology does not work. 

"I tell you what DRS should be; it should be the decision making system," Dhoni said. "If you see the deviations in DRS, there are quite a few deviations, even the makers agree that there's a bit of deviation that can happen.

"Now you have to also take into account whether it was given not out or not. If it's given out, it needs to touch the stump, if it's not out then half the ball needs to hit the stump. That itself makes the variables too big and in cricket every inch matters, it's millimetres that really matters.

"It has to be plain and simple, you don't want to put too many things in consideration. Now for example you take DRS in an LBW decision - what really changes everything is whether the decision was given in favour or not and it can mean a margin of one inch and in cricket that's very big." 



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