A controversy involving the ball-tracking technology erupted on Day 4 of the second India vs England Test when India got a lbw decision of not out against Zak Crawley reversed in their favor in Vizag.
Even though to the naked eye and slowed-down replays, it looked that the ball from Kuldeep Yadav would miss the leg stump, or at best be umpire’s call, the Hawkeye ball-tracking technology showed it to be ‘hitting’ the stumps, which meant the no-field decision of not out was to be reversed.
Forget the shocked faces in the England camp, the celebrations of the Indian players suggested even they were not expecting the ball to be ‘Hitting’ the stumps. The wild celebrations of senior and generally calm players Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin showed that they weren’t really expecting the DRS call to give them a dreamt outcome. Yet it did.
On social media, most of the fans were not convinced with the ball tracking, although the likes of Harsha Bhogle did point out that the angle that we saw on television could be tilted and not directly straight in line with the stumps.
Ben Stokes disagrees with DRS and Hawkeye technology on Zak Crawley’s LBW dismissal
England captain Ben Stokes made his opinion felt to the public clearly in the post-match press conference. When asked of the controversial dismissal of Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes said outright that he feels the Hawkeye technology made an error.
Ben Stokes said, “Technology got it wrong on this occasion.”
This is not the first time that a visiting team has been left dissatisfied with the ball-tracking technology. In the 2021/22 India’s tour of South Africa, Indian players, including Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, and KL Rahul, led a serious verbal attack on broadcaster SuperSport after Dean Elgar was saved by DRS on a tight LBW call, which saw the on-field call of out being overturned to not out.
Commentator Harsha Bhogle made this point for Crawley’s LBW dismissal. Bhogle tweeted, “That ball from Kuldeep to Crawley only turned 2°. The first replay is always slightly to the left of the wicket to wicket camera and gives the impression that it might slide towards leg. Turning point in the game.”
That ball from Kuldeep to Crawley only turned 2°. The first replay is always slightly to the left of the wicket to wicket camera and gives the impression that it might slide towards leg. Turning point in the game
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 5, 2024