Something unexpected happened during the third day’s play between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground when the hawk-eye revealed a flaw of the Decision review system. It showed the fourth stump during India’s DRS call for LBW appeal against Steven Smith.
It was hawk-eye who made the headlines after the injury woes continue in Indian camp. First, it was Rishabh Pant who was hit on the elbow and then it was Ravindra Jadeja who is now ruled out for the remainder of the series.
However, after that, all focus shifted to the LBW appeal by India that highlighted the flaw of DRS.
The incident happened in the 12th over of Australia’s second innings when one of the deliveries bowled by R Ashwin bowled a ball that hit the pad of Steve Smith. The Umpire gave it a not out but R Ashwin was convinced for a wicket and asked Rahane for the review.
Initially, it seemed clear from the naked eye that the ball will go on missing the leg stump and India will lose the review. But later after taking some time the hawk-eye showed that the ball clipped the leg stump and it was ‘umpire’s call’.
One tweeter user pointed out the flaw and explained that the ball hit what was a virtual fourth-stump which was some distance away from the actual leg stump. The overlay of the stumps by Hawk-Eye did not line up with the actual stumps. The virtual stumps were positioned leg side of the real stumps.
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
If this is was the real flaw then India would have lost it’s review as the ball then would have missed the leg stump.
The DRS is already under a huge scanner and after this incident, cricket pundits weren’t happy with this and criticized the flaw heavily.