Mumbai: Picture this: Sachin Tendulkar is one shy of his maiden Test century at Lord's, hundredth international hundred, and adjudged caught behind off Chris Tremlett. Just as he starts his long walk back, the infrared cameras reveal Tremlett's steep bouncer had brushed the batsman's shirt. There's an outburst of emotions, the home of cricket will perhaps never witness a Tendulkar hundred, and the master would be 42 when India tour England next, in 2015.
The reluctance to use technology threatens to stir things up this English summer. While viewers will slam an incorrect decision, the umpire won't have the power to overturn his howler, the strong Indian contingent at the ground booing him.
Going by Tendulkar's recent comments, and with host broadcasters ESPNStar confirming the availability of Hot Spot (and an in-built snicko-meter) in their Live coverage that gets underway next month, the decks must perhaps be cleared for Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) to be part of the four-Test series.