DRS helps reduce the impact of umpiring errors

Russel Arnold responds to questions from fans in his weekly column
July 14, 2012

India's dislike for DRS has hindered the advancement of the technology.
India's dislike for DRS has hindered the advancement of the technology. © AFP

What do you think about India's stance on DRS? – Tharanga Wijesuriya

India feels that the DRS is still not foolproof and that’s why they object to it. It is not that they are not open to technology. They did have a bad experience with the DRS in previous series and they do not want to give the experimental stage a chance which is unfortunate, as I believe DRS will help reduce the impact of umpiring errors in the game. But, on the other hand, if you are using technology you want to get the decision right. The system does have its issues but it has got better with time. Hopefully, it will be in place soon universally.

Do you think Saeed Ajmal throws the ball? – Denver Perera

Saeed Ajmal has been cleared by the ICC using technology, just as Murali was when he faced the same issue.

Which team do you think will win the SLPL? – Vajira Abeykoon

It is a little too early to tip, as the squads have not been finalised as yet. Since I’m from Colombo, I would go for Basnahira. But I will name my favourite to win the SLPL in a couple of weeks.

What is your most memorable knock and why? – Ashley de Zoysa

I made an unbeaten 91 in 2001 against New Zealand – it was a strange game. Chasing 238 runs to win, Sri Lanka were 25/4 when I walked in and I was in poor form going into the match. We went onto win the match. When you are not expected to deliver, it gives you a lot of pleasure to win a match for the side. In Tests, a hundred I made at Old Trafford was special. In that match too we were up against it and I was asked to open once again, which is where I liked to bat in the longer game. It was a memorable knock.

What has happened to Dilruwan Perera? From what I recall, in his last outing he played superbly against the Aussies. But since then, I haven't even seen him play – Dilan Emaduwa

Perera has been around for a long time and has performed well. But he has not delivered performances that would force the selectors to pick him. He is with the Sri Lanka A team in South Africa currently. Perera does not come across as a specialist. Although he did well against Australia, you cannot pick him as your first choice spinner or purely as a batsman. Therefore, unless the team balance requires such a player I don’t see him fitting in. With the next World Cup in mind, the direction the team is headed in now is right and unfortunately he does not fit into Sri Lanka’s long-term goals.

© Island Cricket

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