The TATA IPL 2022 season has fallen into the hands of a new controversy. The talk is now about the unavailability of the DRS better known as the Decision Review System. The DRS was not available in the initial stage of the first innings in the game of the Chennai Super Kings against the Mumbai Indians. At the center of this controversy is Devon Conway. The IPL in the past few seasons has been marred by sub-standard umpiring and to deal with this the DRS system was used. Here is an in-depth look:
Power Cut-off Led to “No DRS” in IPL 2022:
This was the case for just a few games eld at the Wankhede Stadium that the DRS was down due to power-cut. The BCCI had arranged for movable generators but these generators were used to power the floodlights. The IPL in recent years has witnessed sub-standard umpiring and this is exactly what has sparked the controversy.
It was the second ball of the match that struck Devon Conway on the pads. The ball was decently towards the leg side and it could not be commented if it was a sure-shot wicket. Devon was not caught plumb before the wicket. The ball was swinging towards the leg. But then, the DRS system or even the basic ball-tracking was not available due to power constraints. Hence one couldn’t comment on the status of the wicket.
The on-filed umpire raised his arm and Devon Conway being a true gentleman accepted the decision with grace. Chennai was left at 1-1 and since that wicket, they found it difficult to recover.
DRS Unavailability Heavily Criticized:
The unavailability of the DRS in IPL 2022 was heavily criticized by Virender Sehwag on the Cricbuzz Live show. Sehwag, a former captain of the Indian team and a captain of the Delhi Daredevils said, “It was astonishing that DRS was unavailable due to power cut. It’s such a big league that a generator can be used. Whatever software there was, that could have been run with power generated through backup. This is a big question for the BCCI.”
He further added, “What will happen if there is a power cut? Is the generator only for stadium lights and not for the broadcasters and their systems? If the match was happening then DRS should have been used. Or DRS should not have been used in the entire match because this was a disadvantage for Chennai. If Mumbai were batting first then they would have suffered”.
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