Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Simon sez you're out

Poor James Franklin. That was a crap decision by Simon Taufel. Is he losing the plot? I saw him make a couple of bad ones in the India-England 2007 series but I thought that was a temporary aberration. This kind of decision was one he wouldn't have given in his good days. The giveaway for me was Dhoni's reaction; wicketkeepers just react very differently when they take a catch, and I'd expect Taufel to have picked that up. Or did he give him out LBW?

5 Comments:

Blogger Subash said...

He couldn't have given it LBW.. The ball pitched waaay outside legstump. Proves even taufel is human... Stevie "wonder" bucknor would've been proud with that decision!!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

handling the ball then

8:16 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Haven't seen this one, but basing decisions on reactions is a slippery slope to places you don't want to go as an umpire...

I still reckon umpires are over-worked - Taufel was certainly considering quitting at one point.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Subhash: It really is a out-of-left field decision for someone as good as Taufel.

NC: :)

Jonathan: I'm not saying base it entirely on that, but I'm surprised it didn't affect him. I was watching on television, I heard the sound, and when I saw Dhoni appealing in a not-full-on way I was suddenly doubtful. Umpiring always relies on multiple-cues; its never made on the basis of just one factor. Furthermore, I agree that umpires shouldn't go by player reactions but there are certain heuristics regarding player reactions that are quite reliable: the quick snap back of the head when a batsman edges behind the wicket, the wicketkeeper's throwing up the ball almost instantaneously after a catch etc.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Samir, I agree that as a watcher it is sometimes obvious, especially when an appeal is half-hearted. But even apart from those who say that certain players have a skill of confident appealing no matter what, it is clear that some people display these signs more obviously than others. I think I'd rather have umpires incorrectly stick to their observation of the ball despite cues from the fielders now and then than the alternative.

10:56 PM  

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