Cricket Bytes: UDRS, Hot Spot,‘To The Point’ and Chahar, the new kid on the block


NEVERS, FRANCE - JUNE 22:  Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar walks in the paddock before the French Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours on June 22, 2008 in Nevers, France.  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

The mystery behind the non-adoption of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) by the BCCI has been resolved.

It is the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who  is sceptical of the system’s merits. Dhoni believes that the system has had mixed results. Sehwag, in a recent interview, strongly supported adoption of UDRS. Rahul Dravid too has thrown his weight behind the review arrangement.

But the man whose word carries the most weight Sachin Tendulkar has not backed off from his opposition to the technology. Tendulkar prefers the competing technology —Hot Spot— that uses infra-red cameras to decide whether the ball has struck bat, pad or the batsman.

The basic UDRS system, currently in use, uses only the Hawk-Eye technology besides super slow-motion cameras and an audio feed from the stump microphone.

The Hawk-Eye is the same technology used in tennis to decide if the ball has struck the line.

Hot Spot is an improvement that is seldom used.

The ICC hope to make the UDRS mandatory for all Test series in the near future.

The Proteas  wish to use the system during the upcoming tour by India but are being pressurised  by the BCCI to stick to the tried-and-tested arbitration via manual umpiring.

When the top two cricketing heroes in the team put their foot down, the BCCI is bound to follow their lead.

Herschelle Gibbs has crawled out of the woodwork and into the limelight — albeit a controversial and notorious one with the release of his autobiography ‘To The Point’.

The opener has made some stunning revelations about his tenure with the South African team , rambled on about sex orgies, his relationship with his former captain Hansie Cronje, and threats from the Delhi police when cross-questioned by them about the match-fixing scandal. Though the sex-laced chapter has hit the headlines more often than not, Gibbs has been hugely critical of the cliquish South African team and current captain Graeme Smith in the remainder of the book.

The shooting out of Hyderabad for 21 runs by a debutant Deepak Chahar  was news in India’s premier domestic tournament, the Ranji trophy. Chahar consumed eight of the ten wickets in the shambolic first innings. Rajasthan replied with 403 and then bundled out their opponents for a paltry 126. Chahar finished with match figures of 12 for 64.

Has Indian cricket seen the dawn of a new bowling star? It is too early to tell. Irfan Pathan , the previous shooting star, now languishes restricted to the IPL and sundry domestic tournaments. Chahar too is a swing bowler like the hapless Pathan.

Aakash Chopra, a member of the Rajasthan side, has termed the youngster as “A bowler in the Manoj Prabhakar mould”.

This is what the former Indian opener has to say of the find:

“I have admired the way he bowls, the talent he possesses, the attitude he has, and the way he carries himself. He is a good promising kid with a bright future, and with his head in the right place, and priorities sorted out. He brings with him a lot of hunger to succeed. You just have to throw the ball at him, in fact he will snatch it from you. He has that Ishant Sharma attitude.”

“Similarly Chahar has a brilliant wrist position that allows him to bowl with the seam upright. Like we say in Delhi, uske haath mein swing hai [his hand has the swing]. The outswingers got the edges, the inswingers got them lbw and bowled.”

About the match itself:

“Bowling Hyderabad out for 21 came as a bit of a shock for us.”

“It never crossed my mind that you can bowl a side out for 21, that too Hyderabad, who are no pushovers. They are no nobodies. “

“All of a sudden we were batting after the first drinks break. We didn’t even have time for it to sink in.”

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