I.M. Vijayan bats for VAR

“I am all for it as it has made the World Cup not just fairer, but a lot more exciting, too. When technology is available, you should use it,” Vijayan told Sportstar.

The biggest legacy of the 2018 World Cup could well be the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee system.   -  Getty Images

The biggest legacy of the 2018 World Cup could well be the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee system. There are critics, yes, but there are many who feel football is much better for it. Like former India captain I.M. Vijayan.

“I am all for it as it has made the World Cup not just fairer, but a lot more exciting, too. When technology is available, you should use it,” Vijayan told Sportstar.

He said that was a lesson all should learn from the history of the World Cup. “There are many instances that come to mind. How can we ever forget the Frank Lampard incident?” he said.

He was referring to the last-16 match at the 2010 World Cup between England and Germany. England was trailing 1-2 when Lampard's goal was disallowed, though it had gone beyond the line after hitting the crossbar. England went on to lose the match.

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“I felt sorry for England. Another good thing about VAR is that there could be fewer fouls because players would know that they would be caught on camera,” said Vijayan, one of India's greatest footballers of all time.

He said that the World Cup was so exciting that one could not afford to miss a single moment. “There have been several great matches, but my favourite is the one between Belgium and Japan. The way Japan fought against such a strong side is something all Asians can be proud of,” he said.

He said that Argentina was his favourite. “I also like France. Kylian Mbappe is the best striker for me at this World Cup. We will see him dominating world football in years to come as he is just 19,” he said.

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