Root calls for DRS in T20Is

"There were decisions throughout the game that went against us. Is it time now for some sort of DRS in T20 cricket? I know you want to keep the speed of the game, but with such small margins for error, it is important to get things right," said Joe Root ahead of the India-England T20I in Bengaluru.

With England needing eight off six balls, Joe Root was adjudged LBW in Nagpur. Replays showed that he had got an inside edge.   -  Reuters

Joe Root has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to introduce the Decision Review System (DRS) in Twenty20 internationals. As it stands now, DRS can be used only in Tests and ODIs.

In the second Twenty20 against India, in Nagpur, England was at the receiving end of a couple of debatable decisions. With eight needed off six balls, Root was adjudged to be LBW, but replays showed that he had got an inside edge. In the Indian essay, a close LBW appeal against captain Virat Kohli was turned down.

"There were decisions throughout the game that went against us. Is it time now for some sort of DRS in T20 cricket? I know you want to keep the speed of the game, but with such small margins for error, it is important to get things right. It would be quite nice to see maybe one review for either side. But we are where we are at the moment, so we'll crack on with the next match,” Root said here on Tuesday.

The England batsman explained that having the DRS available makes life easier for umpires.

"As a player, you're going to make mistakes. As an umpire, you're going to do exactly the same. I don't think it would be right to single him (umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin) out as a person at fault. There were things in the game that we could have done better. But, if a decision like that goes against us in a major tournament – in final or a semi final – we're going to feel bitterly disappointed. It wouldn’t be fair on the umpire either, as he would have to deal with the aftermath. But I don’t want this to overshadow the way India bowled at the end. Bumrah deserves a lot of credit for the way he held his nerve," he said.

The 23-year-old is hopeful that England can end the tour on a high.

"It's been a very tough tour. India have played very well, but we have played some good cricket along the way too. It would be nice to finish on what we feel would be a deserved win," he said.

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