India vs Sri Lanka: Sanjay Manjrekar defends Dilruwan Perera's DRS 'brain fade', says batsmen can consult dressing room

Manjrekar's statement came after Sri Lankan batsman Dilruwan Perera was caught on camera looking at the dressing room before he asked for a review to overturn an LBW decision by on-field umpire Nigel Llong.

PTI, November 19, 2017

Kolkata: Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar on Sunday said he was in favour of batsmen taking help from dressing room in case they had doubts while going for a review.

Manjrekar's statement came after Sri Lankan batsman Dilruwan Perera was caught on camera looking at the dressing room before he asked for a review to overturn an LBW decision by on-field umpire Nigel Llong during the ongoing first Test against India in Kolkata.

File photob of Sanjay Manjrekar. AFP

File photob of Sanjay Manjrekar. AFP

The former India cricketer feels rules should be "fair" and equal for both the fielding and batting side.

"What we saw on TV, it gave a feel that there was some indication from the dressing room to go for DRS (Decision Review System). But obviously, there is no proof of that," he said.

"But going forward I feel rules need to be looked at and if needed they should be changed. I think if you are a batting side and within 15 seconds if a batsman wants to look towards dressing room to get some clue, that shouldn't be a big deal.

"A fielding side has 11 players and they can have a word with each other before going for a review. Rules should be fair for both teams," Majrekar added.

Majrekar has called on the administrators of the game to think on these lines and if needed amend the rules to make it equal for both sides.

"The whole idea is to get as many decisions right. Currently it's (batsmen looking at dressing room for clue) not allowed but they (ICC) should look at it," he said.

The 'brain fade' episode came to limelight once again on Sunday after Perera did a Steve Smith, who had also looked at the dressing room for hints after his dismissal during the second Test in Bengaluru last March.

The incident happened in the last ball of 57th over with Perera yet to open his account when he was struck on the back foot by an in-dipper. The ball was clearly in-line and was given out by Llong.

Perera first looked at his partner Rangana Herath and started walking back immediately towards the pavilion. But he suddenly opted to review after turning towards the dressing room.

It was, however, not clear whether any assistance came from the dressing room.

The decision was eventually overturned as the impact was found to be marginally outside the line and Perera survived, but strangely there was no protest from Virat Kohli and Co.

Updated Date: Nov 19, 2017





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