The third and final test match between India and South Africa has reached a critical juncture. With eight wickets remaining, South Africa needs 111 runs to win. The fans are hoping for a memorable performance from the Indian team on the fourth day of the game. By the way, there was a big debate about DRS on the third day of the game.
Dean Elgar was given out lbw by field umpire Marais Erasmus off Ravichandran Ashwin in the 21st over of South Africa’s second innings. With open eyes, it was obvious that the ball would have easily hit the stumps. Despite this, Elgar, the African captain, took the DRS and was declared not out by the TV umpire.
The impact and pitching of the ball were in line, as seen on TV replays. The ball, however, was not touching the stump, which was surprising. The decision of the third umpire also caught field umpire Erasmus off guard. All of India’s players, including captain Virat Kohli, took to the stump mic to express their displeasure with the decision.
The players’ rage was understandable because, from a certain vantage point, the ball would have hit the wicket and Elgar would have been out. Technology, on the other hand, has become a villain. Initially, Ashwin was enraged, saying, “SuperSport should find other ways to win.” SuperSport Officials is a broadcaster based in South Africa.
‘Focus on your team as well, not just the opposing team,’ Indian captain Virat Kohli said over the stump microphone. You’re always attempting to catch people. This cycle went on indefinitely. After Virat, the stump mic picked up the voice of vice-captain KL Rahul, who said, “The whole country is playing against 11 players together.”
Sunil Gavaskar, a legendary batsman, has also raised concerns about DRS. ‘The ball hit Elgar’s knee, and his length isn’t that great, so I didn’t think the ball would go over the stumps,’ Gavaskar said. At the very least, I figured the ball would clip the bails and the umpires would make a call.
A similar incident occurred last year in the Mumbai Test between India and New Zealand, when Cheteshwar Pujara was hit below the knee by Ejaz Patel and was out lbw. Before taking the DRS, Pujara stated that he had hit the ball. However, replays show that the ball did not appear to be going over the stumps.
Following the DRS controversy, ball-tracking technology has been called into question once more. Hawkeye, an independent body, approves the ball tracking technology, which in this case relays the information to the host broadcaster. Six cameras are installed in the stadium at various angles for this technique. All of these cameras are tasked with following the ball’s path.
The computer then creates a 3D image of the photos taken by the camera. When creating the 3D image, the ball’s speed, bounce, and swing are taken into account, making determining the LBW simple.