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?


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 Gaurav Sethi 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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