In the digital age, where our dependency on machines continues to grow, the technological interventions have now transcended into sports. Whether it's football or cricket, the use of technology claims to marginalise human error in a bid to avoid catastrophic decisions. But, going by the recent cases in sports, the so-called technological help seem to have created more problems, than solve the ones at hand.
The Round of 16 clashes of the UEFA Champions League were marred by Video Assistant Referee (VAR) howlers. One major case came to the fore when Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were penalised with a penalty after their defender Presnel Kimpembe handled the ball with his hand inside the box, despite the replays suggesting that it was unintentional from the French footballer. The crucial penalty allowed Manchester United, who were surely on their way out of the tournament, to progress further.March 6, 2019
If the controversial VAR decision had the football fraternity confused, the use of Decision Review System (DRS) in cricket during the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia in Ranchi, once again, had everyone questioning the use of technology in sports.
Opting to bat first, Australia were cruising at 193/0 following a brilliant opening stand between Aaron Finch (93) and Usman Khawaja (104). With India desperate to get a breakthrough, Kuldeep Yadav trapped Finch right in front of the stumps in the 32nd over. But, as the on-field umpire raised his finger, the Australian captain decided to call for a review.
What on earth has just happened with the Finch LBW? Ball tracker has the ball pitching somewhere completely different, and that sort of affects the trajectory doesn't it. Might still be out, but bizarre. #INDvAUS #Finch pic.twitter.com/fDyZR1X0p0— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) March 8, 2019
The DRS couldn't help Finch as the replays suggested that the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps. Finch looked out from the naked eye and the review further bolstered the claim. But, what was surprising about his dismissal was the fact that 'ball tracking' had it all wrong. The ball had actually pitched in the middle, but the 'Hawk-Eye' showed it pitching on leg.
While no one actually disputed Finch's dismissal, the astonishing blunder on 'Hawk-Eye' left the cricket fans questioning the use of technology and its efficiency.
Finch LBW. Are we just gonna ignore the fact that ball tracking had it pitching in a totally different place to reality?
I saw it pitching middle, maybe even middle and off. Ball tracking had it pitching on leg.
Still out but pretty weird. #INDvsAUS
This is weird. pic.twitter.com/RtCEs9h7tG— Akhil Nair (@akhiln) March 8, 2019
Also for some reason, Hawkeye seems to underestimate the turn when the bounce is lesser.— random bro (@anirudhdbz) March 8, 2019
Unrelated but Still can't get over the fact..how can u be out or not-out for the same delivery depending on the umpire's call.— movieman (@movieman777) March 8, 2019
Ball tracking seemed to have shown a different ball altogether.the ball was turning into the batsman rather than going out as shown in ball tracking. DRS is shit.— sachin jha (@sachin_jha9) March 8, 2019
I had it pitching on middle, Hawkeye had it almost umpires call on leg and they are just ignoring it. So weird— Harold Tree (@92tharold) March 8, 2019
One of the reasons BCCI never accepted drs. Technology is not foolproof. But this is a blunder. They need to get to the bottom of this and figure out it doesn't happen again. Btw, is it broadcaster dependant or is it like same software for all?— Ashok- first_of_his_name (@Dracaarrys) March 8, 2019
WELL SPOTTED .... CRAZY SOMETIMES THE WAY #DRS behaves.— #NamoAgain2019 (@PriyankushGhos3) March 8, 2019
So that means Aus loses the review. But it was probably only just clipping leg, meaning they should have retained it!— Robert Tihanyi (@robtihanyi) March 8, 2019