Imagine it’s the final of the World Cup. Your team is almost over the line. The opposition only needs one wicket to win and a DRS Fail happens. Well, it wasn’t the World Cup, but it a DRS fail happened in the India vs Australia 3rd ODI. Have a look:
What on earth has just happened with the Finch LBW? Ball tracker has the ball pitching somewhere completely different, and that sort of affects the trajectory doesn't it. Might still be out, but bizarre. #INDvAUS #Finch pic.twitter.com/fDyZR1X0p0
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) March 8, 2019
Pulling your hair out will not be an understatement because I’ll be doing the same.
This particular video is of today’s match where the Kangaroos are taking on the Blue Brigade. I think it’s very safe to say that the Hawk-Eye was drunk for that image (well that’s how I’ll put this into perspective).
Hawk-Eye has been under scrutiny for a long, long time now. Although it has been beneficial on a number of occasions as well, questions still remain about its accuracy. However, today’s event all but confirms the stance of players and officials who have opted against the use of this technology.
Aaron Finch, who was involved with a prodigious 193 run stand with Ussy Khawaja, was playing so superbly on 93 when he got trapped in front of the stumps by Yadav. Given out, he instantly reviewed the decision and it looked like a good one but Hawk-Eye had other ideas.
Pitched on middle and off, the ball looked like it would miss (or barely clip) the leg stumps but Hawk-Eye totally got it wrong, showing that it pitched on middle and leg and would have gone on with the angle and into the stumps.
A certain someone on Twitter explaining:
— Jibran T. Siddiqui (@jibransiddiqui) March 8, 2019
Previous DRS Fails
This particular instance could be very crucial for the outcome of this ODI and the series. However, this is not the first time DRS has been called into question:
Mitch Marsh was given out by DRS but in real time, it looked as if the Rabada’s ball was clearly missing the leg and Mitchell Johnson was absolutely furious. as you can see:
Just saw Mitch Marsh's lbw…. what a crock of $&@! DRS system = Failure.
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) November 7, 2016
Hawk-Eye officials admitted in December 2014 that their review technology made an error in a decision to give Pakistan opener Shan Masood out in the second Test against New Zealand in Dubai (17-21 November 2014).
The inaccuracy of Snicko and the lack of Hot-Spot in many countries also adds to the woes of DRS. And although a lot of people prefer to have technology come into play, the question still remains, “Is DRS the way forward?”
Many were furious with this fail and showed their anger on Twitter:
— Najam Sahibzada (@SMNajam) March 8, 2019
— Sir Cricket (@SIRMRCRICKET) March 8, 2019
What kind of sorcery is this
— ASHISH KUMAR (@ASHISHM601) March 8, 2019
Some called out the BCCI and Indian team for cheating:
Indians are cheaters, they did the same in 2011 world cup when Saeed Ajmal got Sachin LBW and they manipulated hawk eye.
— Aamir Afzaal (@Aamirviews) March 8, 2019
This is india, boss in cheating, ICC=indian cricket council….
World gonna ignore it…..
— Riz (@Mian565) March 8, 2019
@olilathrope Indian Cricket Council at it again
— 🏳️🌈 (@lxuisbcfc) March 8, 2019
What do you think about this? Do you think DRS is a reliable technology and these kinds of instances only happen once in a lifetime, or should it be removed altogether from Cricket matches? Let us know in the comments.
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