Australia batsman Steve Smith survived a close DRS call on the third day of the Sydney Test against India. The incident happened during the 12th over of Australia’s innings, bowled by R Ashwin.
Ashwin managed to beat Smith after the latter tried to go for a slog-sweep but missed the ball completely. Only the bowler looked convinced despite the umpire turning down the shout of LBW.
The delivery was found to be just clipping the leg stump after India went upstairs believing they have got Smith’s wicket.
India can’t overturn the decision against Smith, but they don’t lose the review either.Live #AUSvIND: https://t.co/KwwZDwbdzO pic.twitter.com/eE4HdjO0qh
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 9, 2021
Smith survived because of the umpire’s call but what triggered a controversy was the flawed ball tracking. Initially, it looked like going down the leg side and missing the stumps completely.
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But DRS showed otherwise and it surprised the Twitterati. After a close look at the decision, a fan spotted that there were 4 stumps in the picture and the off-stump of hawkeye was shifted way rightwards than the actual stump. India managed to retain their review after the umpire’s call.
They’ve clearly overlaid the stumps here incorrectly. Look where the off stump is on the graphic compared to in reality pic.twitter.com/qFbYXgTyf8
— iBlatant (@iBlatant) January 9, 2021
Twitterati were in disbelief of inaccuracy from the hawkeye. They reacted shockingly to the blunder. Here are the tweets:
Whoa ???? https://t.co/AFOXh3gD8h
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 9, 2021
Off stump hi impact ke bahar hai, lmao ???? https://t.co/rZuhpHV9xW
— Shubh Aggarwal (@shubh_chintak) January 9, 2021
What the fuck??? I can see 4 sticks!!???? What kinda technology it is?? https://t.co/egIixrjd6d
— Som????️☮️ (@SomNsk02) January 9, 2021
To everyone who thinks DRS ball tracking is the ultimate authority that can’t be questioned. https://t.co/ShJl1V0iv7
— Ripper (@Ace_Of_Pace) January 9, 2021
Fuck. Ball tracking is hilariously incompetent. And we want this shit to completely overrule/replace umpire’s call. https://t.co/cTmyrIHJrG
— cricBC (@cricBC) January 9, 2021
Australian ball tracking technology has been worst since start of the series, many problems with umpires call and now this.. https://t.co/7SbmYIQQ5J
— Danny (@Ddnyana) January 9, 2021
Four stumps – the guy handling DRS had a few drinks too many ???? https://t.co/aN9X3pafBb
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 9, 2021
Behind the scenes of a DRS hawkeye decision. pic.twitter.com/3qtT5aNtut
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 9, 2021
DRS is inaccurate and can be rigged https://t.co/Kf9U7st8FR
— Akki (@CrickPotato) January 9, 2021