The Decision Review System, the full form of DRS, in cricket enables the batting and bowling teams to challenge an umpire’s out or not out decision to caught behind and lbw appeals, in particular. If a batsman or the fielding team challenge the umpire’s decision and ask for a referral, the on-field umpire will escalate his decision to the third umpire.

The third umpire has the luxury of using hotspot, ultra-edge, snickometer, etc., to make the right decision and do away with a potential howler committed by his colleagues.

Decision Review System or DRS in cricketAccording to the new rules, teams will not get back their two reviews after 80 overs. In ODIs, teams only have one review each in a 50-over innings. Twenty20 Internationals will also make use of the umpire decision review system. The time allowed to ask for a review is just 15 seconds.

DRS was introduced in 2008, during a three-Test series between India and Srilanka. Since then this system has undergone multiple changes, with the incorporation of elements like soft signal and umpire’s call, among others.


Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS): The On-field Umpire’s Soft Signal Should Remain Soft and not Become a Determinant

The Decision Review System (DRS) or the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), as it’s more formally known, was introduced in 2008 in a three-Test series between Srilanka and India. At […]

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