Hong Kong, Jul 1: Former captain Sourav Ganguly has welcomed the ICC's decision to make the DRS mandatory for Tests and ODIs but also justified India's initial reluctance to embrace the technology.
Ganguly said he has now seen a vast improment in the way DRS works and gradually all the cricketers will get adjusted to techonolgy and there will be improvement in the decision. Ganguly was a part of the Indian team which played the first series in which the DRS was used, against Sri Lanka in 2008. The Indian team had expressed its lack of confidence in the technology to the BCCI.
"They had their reasons. At the time, we were not convinced by the camera angles in use at the time. We were not convinced they were right. There was so much negativity around it that we didn't think it worked. Hopefully there's much more consistency around it now," Ganguly told ESPN Cricinfo.
After the 2008 series, Ganguly got a first-hand view of the DRS during his television commentary stint at the 2011 World Cup. The changes were huge, the technology was just far better this time," he said.
Making the DRS mandatory for Tests and ODIs, he said, was a step forward for the game itself.
"Would I have liked to have played under the DRS? It's hard to say now, but you accept technology and you get used to it - and that's probably what would have happened. In the case of the DRS, players will get better using it as they go along."
Ganguly was in Hong Kong on the invitation of the ICC to speak at its annual conference. Along with Shane Watson this morning, he addressed the Full Council's members' forum, the last event of its annual conference.