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Old 06-Sep-2011
Technology which is not fool-proof bad for the game

England's cricketing luck is still holding up as could be seen with the rains coming in when they were 27 for 2 chasing a biggish Indian total of 274.

Alastair Cook, the England skipper, did suggest at a media meeting that it was an attainable total but then which skipper wouldn't say so? It shows the belief that this England team has that whatever the Indian team will do, it can do better.

The depth in its batting department makes England a formidable One-day team as was seen in the Test series when the lower order rescued them in the first two Tests.

If that hadn't happened then the series course could well have changed. That will now be part of the ‘ifs' and ‘buts' that is such a great part of the game and which the supporters thrive on.

What is surely not part of the ‘ifs' and ‘buts' of the game is that technology has still not gotten foolproof and therefore to use it is not only changing the course of the match but also to risk a player's career.

It may well be alright for a player of the calibre of Rahul Dravid to get the bad bargain in the Decision Review System (DRS) because he is an established player with a marvellous career record and can survive a bad call and get another match to play. However, if it is a young player who gets the wrong end of technology, then it could well mean the end of his career.

Rather unfortunate

Judging by the way the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) has gone this season for him, it can be called the "unfortunate Dravid removal system".

Yes there is a good case to use technology to minimise errors on the field, for that can ease tensions between the teams. However, the technology has to be foolproof and not 95 or 97 per cent correct, in which case you may as well have a human error.

With virtually all the decisions referred to technology going England's way, it is now understandable why its players especially its bowlers and the media were so upset that India were refusing to have it for the series.

Unfortunately for the BCCI, not having a good public relations team means that they have blown the chance to now show why they were right in not accepting the DRS.

Parthiv Patel was quite magnificent as he almost got a hundred, and his opening salvo with debutant Rahane gave India just the start it needed.

Dhoni missed a trick in not sending Raina or coming in himself when Patel got out. It could well have meant a total of 300 rather than the one the team finally ended up with.

The one big shining point on this tour has been Praveen Kumar and he once again got the openers and had England on the rack before the rains came in.

This is the second consecutive time rains have washed out India's game in Durham and the facilities were pretty ordinary.

Durham is to India what Guwahati is to the England team and its media and come 2014 India will be hoping there is no fixture here.

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