India vs England: Kohli chance brings back hotspot debate
The Decision Review System saved Kohli as third umpire Joel Wilson could not decide for sure whether the spike on the ‘snickometer’ was due to the ball hitting the bat or the bat brushing the pad as both impacts happened simultaneously.Updated: Sep 03, 2018 17:45 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India conceded the fourth Test and the series to England, but then there were moments in the match which were decisive and could have had a huge bearing on the result of the match.
The biggest turning point came on the fourth day of the Test when captain Virat Kohli was dismissed by Moeen Ali to break a century stand between him and Ajinkya Rahane. The dismissal changed the momentum and England went on to win the match by 60 runs.
But before Kohli was eventually dismissed by Ali, the off-spinner had come very close to sending the Indian captain back. Ali got the ball to spin sharply and it hit the Indian captain on the knee roll. England appealed for a leg before wicket decision but on-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena rejected the appeal. Joe Root signalled immediately for the DRS.
The Decision Review System saved Kohli as third umpire Joel Wilson could not decide for sure whether the spike on the ‘snickometer’ was due to the ball hitting the bat or the bat brushing the pad as both impacts happened simultaneously. Kohli at that time was on 9 and went on to score a half-century. Had he not been dismissed by Ali later, he could well have taken India home.
A twitter user made a valid comment while putting a question cricket commentator David Lloyd. He said, ”Don’t you think that hotspot should be used for decisions like the Kohli one today? Surely that would help the third umpire? For me, Kohli was clearly out, he hit his pad. Hotspot would have shown he missed the ball. That decision could have cost England the Test!”
Expensive kit that has priced itself out of the market, I hear https://t.co/8ooahd6C0L— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) September 2, 2018
However, according to former England player and current commentator David Lloyd, this technology is very expensive and has been shunted away from cricket.
Expensive or not, the question raised by the fan is pertinent as it once again puts a question mark over the effectiveness of technology in cricket, while dealing with marginal decision.
First Published: Sep 03, 2018 09:57 IST