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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

'Umpiring errors won't cost us a match now'

A single umpiring blunder has changed the outcome of many a match and hence seeking a review of the match official's decision is not altogether a bad idea, believes star Team India batsman Gautam Gambhir.
Talking about the proposed umpire's decision review system, which would be put on trial during India's three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, Gambhir reckons it would probably reduce human element to some extent but at the same time, he argues, it would cut down on human errors as well.
"It's a new concept introduced in the game and I think it will be interesting. Let's see how it shapes up in the Sri Lanka series," Gambhir said.
"It will be nice to seek a review. Earlier, one bad decision used to take the game away from you but with this system in place, matches will be lot more interesting and close," Gambhir told reporters after he and Ishant Sharma inaugurated a sports equipment store here on Tuesday.
As per the system, players will be allowed three unsuccessful appeals for a review of any decision taken by the on-field umpires concerning every dismissal with the exception of 'Timed Out' and will be tested during the three-Test series between India and Sri Lanka starting July 23.
The 26-year-old opener, however, conceded that the review system would take away the aspect of human element from the game.
"Every new thing has drawbacks but the rule would make the game more challenging as one would have the right to challenge the umpires," said Gambhir.
Gambhir has been in good nick of late and the left-hander, playing for Delhi Daredevils, emerged as one of the leading run-getters in the IPL with 534 runs at an average of 41.07 from 14 games. He carried the form to the tri-series in Bangladesh and finished as the top scorer there with 209 runs from three matches.
By virtue of his recent good showing, the left-hander broke into the top 20 of the ICC ODI rankings for the first time in his career and the Delhi opener is also fancying his chances of getting into the Test squad.
"When you are in good form it is important to carry on. My aim right now is to perform whether it is Twenty20 or Test cricket. If I get selected in Test team it will be a nice reward for the hard work," he said.
"What is important for me is to win as many matches for India and right now there is only Asia Cup on my mind. I would like to continue my form in the tournament," he added.
"The team is in good form and confident of winning the Asia Cup."
Asked about India's defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan in the tri-series final after a dominant performance in the league stages, Gambhir said, "Instead of analysing our defeat, we should concentrate on the fact that we fought well in the final."

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