South Africa tour: Outburst poser on Hawk-Eye trajectory
South African broadcaster SuperSport has clarified that it has no control over the HawkEye technology, which helps the third umpire decide on the Decision Review System.
Virat Kohli and others made public their displeasure about SuperSport’s use of the technology after Dean Elgar got a reprieve on review in Cape Town on Thursday.
In the 21st over of the final innings of the match, with South Africa chasing 212 to win, Ravichandran Ashwin hit Elgar on the pads. The Proteas skipper was given out lbw by Marais Erasmus, the on-field umpire, but the decision was overturned on review with ball-tracking showing the ball going over the stumps.
A visibly irritated Kohli walked up to the stumps, and spoke into the mic, saying, “Focus on your team while they shine the ball. Not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.”
In an official statement issued on Friday, the host broadcaster said: “SuperSport does not have any control over the Hawk-Eye technology.”
Sources told The Telegraph that match referee Andy Pycroft warned the Indian team management about their conduct but no formal charges have been framed.
Kohli wished not to clear the air on his actions on the field on Friday.
“I have no comment to make. I understood what happened on the field and people on the outside don’t know exactly what goes on the field. If we would have charged up and picked up three wickets there that could have been probably the moment that could change the game,” he said.
Although Hawk-Eye is considered to be accurate in tracking the actual path of a ball, it’s trajectory, particularly in judging leg before decisions, has come under criticism.
Several commentators feel that there’s no way Hawk-Eye can accurately judge if a delivery is going to skid or jump a bit more when it hits a crack or patch of grass on the pitch.