When you watch a cricket match, you will find that the batsman gets out in many ways, not just one. Apart from clean bowled, he is also out through catches and lbw.
Not only this, usually run outs are also seen in almost every match, but there are some methods which are seen only occasionally. E.g. Hit wicket, obstructing the field when fielding is obstructed.
According to the custodians of the Laws of the Game, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), there are ten ways in which a batsman can be dismissed in cricket.
- Bold, 2. Catch, 3. Hitting the ball twice, 4. Hit-wicket, 5. lbw, 6. Obstructing the field, 7. Run out, 8. Stump, 9. Time out, 10. Handled The Ball.
Most of these debates are about LBW. The ball hits the batsman’s pad in front of the wicket and the umpire gives it out. There are many reasons behind giving out lbw. The ball must appear to be falling or falling in front of the wicket.
The ball does not pass at a height higher than the wicket. LBW continues to be debated for a variety of reasons. Till 2008, the final decision on LBW was taken by on-field umpires. After this, since the DRS system comes, the batsman can challenge him and the third umpire gives the final decision after seeing the replays.
Why LBW the most controversial?
In the last few years, LBW has been the most controversial decision on the cricket field, as the umpires have very little time to decide. Sometimes the ball takes the edge of the bat close to the pad and sometimes the umpire fails to read the line of the ball. With the advent of technology, action replay became a part of the game. First the on-field umpire began to seek the help of a third umpire for run outs and then in 2008 came the Decision Review System (DRS).
What is DRS?
According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), DRS is a technology-based process to assist match officials in their decision making. The on-field umpire can take advice from the third umpire.
In addition, players may request that the third umpire consider the on-field umpire’s decision. Ball tracking and snickometer are used for decision making.
What is the problem with DRS?
Through ball tracking in DRS, it is checked where the ball has pitched and in which direction it will go at what height. Many people say that through technology it is not possible to predict exactly how much the ball will bend or how much it will bounce and in which direction it will go. Some umpires say that the DRS raises questions on the on-field umpires. brings them under suspicion.
The Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) initially refused to accept the DRS as the board did not believe in it. The board feels that the operator does not understand the length and direction of the ball correctly.
To overcome this problem, Hawk-Eye, the maker of ball tracking systems, created the Ultra-Edge. Through this it is known whether the ball hit any part of the bat or pad.
Satisfied with this, the BCCI agreed to use DRS for the home series against England in 2016-17. Earlier India had used DRS only in ICC events.
What is umpire’s call and why the controversy over it?
Umpires call is part of DRS. It is used in case the umpire has given out LBW or not. During this, at least 50 percent of the ball should be seen hitting somewhere in the three stumps.
If it doesn’t, the out will not be given. Apart from this, even if the ball appears to be hitting the wicket, but the wicket does not pitch, then the decision of the umpire will be considered final.
Many cricketers and cricket commentators have called it a strange rule. According to him, if even a small part of the ball hits the wicket and the bails fall, the batsman is given out. As such, this rule raises doubts. Even former India captain Virat Kohli had objected to the umpires call.