Virender Sehwag stokes UDRS debate

Many in the Indian team and the board may not be in the favour of the controversial Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), but one main member of the side has given a thumbs-up to it. Without being diplomatic, dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag expressed his fondness for it and the desire to have the technology in all the series.In the city to sign a five year deal in excess of Rs 100 crore with Sunil Gavaskar’s sports management company — Professional Management Group — Sehwag on Sunday said: “I am a big fan of UDRS. I want it to be there for the India-New Zealand series, India-South Africa series and in the World Cup. But this is my personal opinion.

“I was given out two times when I was not out and in such a situation I could have gone in for a referral that would have helped me continue to bat,” added Sehwag.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been trying in vain to convince the Board of Control for Cricket in India use the UDRS and Sehwag’s statement should be music to their ears. Meanwhile, Sehwag’s views should raise some eyebrows in the BCCI. On the recent reports of the ICC planning to unleash undercover agents to test the cricketers, Sehwag played the point with a straight bat. “I am not bothered whether they are undercover or overcover. I am clean.

Only those who have something to hide need be concerned. I know my role and goals,” said Sehwag.The 32-year-old was all praise of coach Gary Kirsten, who has been hailed by almost everyone in the team including batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. Sehwag exposed that the South African has always been encouraging and never fidgeted with his batting style.“He has allowed me to play my game. He has never ever told me to change it. Even when I get out in the 20s and 30s, he has always been encouraging, saying that he knew if I am there for an hour I have done my job. He’s doing his job very well and everyone in the team is happy,” he said.


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