Saturday, September 08, 2007

Dar gives Dravid the finger

Hmm..I"m starting to understand why Flintoff has the reputation for getting good batsmen out. Its because umpires co-operate. Poor Dravid, that was palpably not out. But the finger is up, and he's back in the pavilion. Ludicrous. But all said and done, this has been a difficult morning for batting with pace, bounce and movement. The only batsman looking like he is not completely at sea is, er, Tendulkar.

Addendum (after more replays): While snicko seems to suggest some sound/contact, it still seems to me that the bat brushing the pad was the culprit. However, its possible that the two contacts might have happened simultaneously, which would have made Dravid feel he hadn't touched the ball (the contact of bad with pad would have been felt more than the contact of bat on ball). My initial reaction (expressed above) was that the ball, which cut back in sharply, had simply gone through him ("cut him in half" as the boys in the booth love to say). And now, Tendulkar, has gone! And its Flintoff and Dar again! :)

6 Comments:

Blogger Golandaaz said...

I think Dravid was out. Sachin was not. Dissapointing but let us not trample on Flintoff's reputation of taking big wickets. He does get them out.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Golandaaz: No doubt. I was just having a bit of a go given the decision to give SRT out for 99 earlier in the series :)

7:05 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

And let us not forget, Uthappa seemed to have snicked it off Flintoff, and was not given out!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Golandaaz said...

There is no point blaming the umpires. Cricket needs to adopt the concept of allowing sides to "challenge" a fixed number of decisions per match. Once a decision is callenged, the umpire is given access to all technology available today to reconsider his decision. The umpire still has the final say but has help as well. What the ICC is doing today is not protecting them. The average Joe, due to technology has become more savvy than the umpire. How can a human compete with a "hot spot" or a "snickometer"?

7:23 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Golandaaz: I'm not sure about referrals, but some way of integrating technology into the umpires decision-making apparatus sounds like a no-brainer to me (as does automatic referrals to the third umpire for line decisions). On second thoughts, maybe the referrals will get rid of egregious errors (like the Tendulkar decisions this summer!).

7:34 AM  
Blogger Golandaaz said...

I am not suggesting referrals like they do with run outs. You cannot take away decisions from the umpires.

I am saying give the access to technology to the umpires like they do in American Football.

Also there should be a "challenge concept"system. Umpires should continue to make decisions with their naked eye as long as a team chooses to challenge that decision. To ensure that sides to not abuse the challenge, the challenges should be limited; let us say 2 per side in a game.

Lastly a challenge comes with a reward which is a reversed decision and a penalty if the decision is unchanged. The penalty could be runs or something else

8:06 AM  

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