New Delhi, Jun 17 : Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said he believes the use of technology is good for the game.
Tendulkar told Hindustan Times over telephone from London that he was not against the use of UDRS technology at all and believed it was beneficial for the game.
The BCCI has consistently refused to use the DRS in a bilateral series. India's refusal to use it in the crucial series against England, which begins in July, has drawn widespread criticism from the English players as well as its media.
Some of the players, including off-spinner Graeme Swann, have gone on record saying “Indian batsmen are afraid of its use“ as they believe it will benefit Swann in getting favourable decisions from the umpires.
Tendulkar said he does feel that “it will be more effective with the support of snickometer and hotspot technology".
His reasoning for the combined use of snickometer and hot-spot is that “it will give more consistent results“. Tendulkar has a point as it has been seen that Hawkeye, the other technology in use to assist the umpires, is not always foolproof in judging the line and bounce of the ball.
In fact, two years ago, when India played against Sri Lanka with DRS in use with Hawkeye, a lot of decisions went against India and the senior players were unhappy with its use. They had, as has been reported, conveyed their displeasure to the BCCI and that is one reason why India has after that not agreed to use this system.
As far as hot-spot goes, the ongoing England Test series against Sri Lanka has shown that even it can go wrong in picking up a faint edge from the bat. But unlike what was being speculated, Tendulkar, like most international players, too agrees that the use of technology is the best way forward to minimise umpiring errors.