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Friday, April 1, 2011

One decision that made India love DRS

Three years after the ICC cajoling BCCI on the Decision Review System (DRS), one appeal against Sachin Tendulkar might just prove enough to see the world's richest board nod in favour of the referral system.

The ICC should first thank Ian Gould for giving the master out lbw on the fourth delivery of over No. 10, then thank Sachin for referring it and finally offer a bouquet to the TV umpire Billy Bowden for flashing 'NOT OUT' on the giant screen - in a World Cup semifinal against Pakistan.

Besides producing an ear-to-ear grin on the faces of millions, a wry smile must also have appeared on the faces of ICC officials, with a murmur, "Gotcha!"

It's another story that the successful review kicked off Sachin's most charmed life on the crease, where - after that successful review - the master survived a stumping off the very next ball and four dropped catches before going on to score 85 that also won him the ‘Man of the Match’ award.

In hindsight, it's good that this wasn't Sachin’s 100th international century because a charmed life is not something a Don-like figure would ever like to live.

Indeed master’s hometown Mumbai, a World Cup trophy for India and his last crack at the silverware is the most ideal setting for century of centuries. Good luck Sachin!

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