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Consistent umpires better than DRS: MSD

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Dec 29, 2011 at 07:36pm IST

Melbourne: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the on-field umpires should be more consistent with their decisions, rather than relying on the content_cnious Decision Review System (DRS).

The lack of DRS went in India's favour in the first Test against Australia with some of the decisions going their way, especially in the first innings.

Michael Hussey was adjudged caught behind off Zaheer Khan by South African Marais Erasmus but TV replays clearly showed no contact with the bat. The dismissal of debutant opener Ed Cowan was also criticised in most sections of the Australian media.

Consistent umpires better than DRS: Dhoni

Dhoni, much like the BCCI board, does not find the DRS foolproof.

"I was a big fan of Hot Spot before the England tour. I am not so sure now. Same with snickometer. I would rather show faith and rely on umpires who have been doing the job all these years. If umpires are consistent, I don't mind," said Dhoni on Thursday.

Dhoni, much like the Indian cricket board, doesn't find the DRS foolproof and said he would respect the decision of the umpires.

"They don't need to go into their shell after giving a wrong decision. They should be consistent and give their decisions boldly. At the same time, we must understand that they are doing a tough job. Unlike a bowler or a batsman, they have to be in the field on all five days," he said.

"They just need to back their decisions. They don't need to be God. Mistakes are part and parcel of the game. If it's not done intentionally, I'm perfectly okay, if umpires make genuine mistakes."

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