Adulteration of technology with human thinking is bad: Dhoni

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Bangalore, Feb 27 (PTI) India were deprived of Ian Bell''swicket because of the controversial Umpire Decision ReviewSystem (UDRS), said skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after hisside escaped with a dramatic tie in a group B World Cupencounter against England here today.

"Adulteration of technology with human thinking is bad.

That''s why we didn''t get that wicket. Hopefully, next time itwill be either technology or human intention," Dhoni saidreferring to Bell''s close shave.

The England batsman was ruled not out by on-field umpireBilly Bowden as well as the third umpire despite TV replaysclearly showing the ball hitting the stumps, at theChinnaswamy Stadium.

When Yuvraj Singh struck him on the pads with the finalball of the 26th over, Bell was on 17. He later went on toscore 69, thanks partly to the DRS that went in his favour.

"If the Hawkeye says it''s going to hit the stumps, thenthere is no reason (why an appeal should be turned down)."

Asked about the penultimate over that nearly paved theway for an England win, Dhoni said he had no other option butto bring in Piyush Chawla.

"There were not many options. Viru (Virender Sehwag)didn''t bowl, and Yuvraj was there. But I would have alwayspreferred to go with a specialist bowler," Dhoni said afterAndrew Strauss'' magnificent century nearly gave England ahistoric win.

"Yuvraj always loves to bowl but that was a crucialjuncture, and Chawla has the wrong one which was needed atthat time," he added.

Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan plundered 15 runs in thepenultimate over off Chawla to bring England within sniffingdistance of a win.

Riding on Sachin Tendulkar''s record fifth World Cup ton,India piled up a mammoth 338, but despite setting a stiffasking rate, they nearly gave it all away.

"I am not disappointed, not excited. I have got mixedfeelings. There were times when we could have lost, and timeswhen we could have won the match," Dhoni summed up his mood.

Asked about his frequent interactions with Sehwag duringthe England innings, Dhoni said he was thinking about takingthe best decisions for the team.

"There are quite a few decisions you have to make. Wehave some experienced guys and we are always trying to makethe best decisions for the team," he said.

"I always let the fast bowlers set the field when theyare bowling. It''s only when they don''t work I set my own."

Questioned about Chawla''s inclusion in the playing XI,Dhoni said he was not sure whether three seamers would havedone the job for the team.

Asked about Ashish Nehra''s status, he said he wants thebowler to be 100 per cent fit.

"You can''t predict the performance of a bowler or abatsman if he is not playing. He has been bowling well for usbut he needs to be 100 per cent fit." PTI RE AH

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