Referrals Vs Theatrics

shared by straight point on Thursday, July 24, 2008

will we see less of these?


for some reason i was watching match live as well as keeping one tab open with cricinfo live commentary...

and here is what i found there as comment...which to me shows another aspect of review system...

Israr: "A thought about the review system: I have been watching the play today and, IMO, the most remarkable change the new idea has brought about is the end to furious appealling. The keeper and fielders have been so so quiet. Thats because they know the pressure is off the umpires now. The fielders cannot hope to have the decisions turned in their favour by pressurizing the umpires."

i fully endorse this comment...

it will slowly but surely eliminate theatrical appeals used to pressurize umps...knowing at back of your mind that even if you get the decision in your favor, it will definitely be reviewed...

needless to say that this will definitely ease pressure on umpires and in turn we will see more good decisions from them...

hence resulting in less referrals...
?

another point to ponder to in favor of review system...

oh, i already see purist complaining about how they would be deprived of seeing theatrics on ground they are so used to of...

but isnt one goes to theaters for that?

18 comments:

Ottayan said...

Pan,

Vociferous appealing is another means to pressurize the batsmen.

So it will never disappear.

scorpicity said...

Pan... I don't think this uncharacteristic lack of excessive appealing has got to do with the new system.. Think Kumble has asked them to gag up since he had all the time to read about his team's criticism when it came to handling umpires.

A Bisht said...

@ SP: I differ with you. Even if one visits theaters to watch some drama, it'll be wrong to treat cricket any different from movies.
The primary reasons are:
1) The amount of money, glamour and fame, cricket and movies bring to its people is almost the same and much more than any other profession that is not considered entertainment.
2) We do watch cricket for the drama involved, more drama more entertainment. Some wrong decisions, as a result of human error definitely add to that drama.
A robot, of the size of a button, can judge some situations better than a human umpire, but that will definitely make the situation very robotic.

So there's no reason why we can't accord the same status to our cricketers, that we accord to our movie stars and watch both for their inherent drama.

vmminerva said...

Very interesting observation, SP. I wonder how the Aussies will fare in this system. Sponsoring umpires like Benson (which is apparently one of Ponting's passtimes) may not help as much as it used to.

Som said...

I'll definitely miss something. Wasim Akram would bend on his knee, spread his arms like albatross and plead till gets his man. Ditto Warne, who would twist his torso, stare at the umpire and give him an earful. They made appeal appealing.

Straight Point said...

don't batsmen have the rights too OTT?

though good point.

Straight Point said...

may be may be not scorpy...

lets reserve the verdict on that...time will tell

Straight Point said...

AB!

i am yet to see a person who watches cricket to see umpires...robot or not...

Straight Point said...

exactly VM!

they are the master of art of appealing...it will be interesting to see how the reach to this new system...

Straight Point said...

now appeals will be appalling SOM ;-))

RS said...

I have not been able to watch much of the match so far, but during the few minutes each day, have caught 2 referrals. As of now it is taking way too much time. Just saw the score on cricinfo - only one remaining out of the fab 4.

Straight Point said...

exactly what i said in comments of my Mendis and that...

its foolish to ignore the experience of over 1000 international wickets...

Naked Cricket said...

frankly, sehwag needs to be referred

Straight Point said...

all i can say gaurav...to hell with his 300s if i were captain i would have made it sure that he heads straightaway to india...and never playes under me...

i am still fuming...

Naked Cricket said...

dropped now, he may never play tests for india again. but gng by team form, who knows, even yuvraj can return.

Straight Point said...

the way they rd, sg, st are playing from memory...dilshan and co. are looking like clones of original don...

Soulberry said...

Inevitable...the first step...technology will now be made to catch up or fit in as smoothly as possible.

It was like this with line decisions and third umpire way back in 1991/92 if you recall. So much of worry over everything, but ICC and member countries needed the kick on their butts to at least provide more camera space in the ground for starters. Things just evolved from there and domestic cricket has line-decisions now.

By the way SP, do you post on 606? I found someone I have come to know, and is from trans-yamuna post this exact extract making the point...just wondering for I still owe that man a chess re-match :)

Straight Point said...

no SB!! i dont post at 606...

as you rightly said those fretting over technology are ignoring the fact that it is inevitable... technology is bound to creep whether we like it or not...

also those highlighting the bgs should know that its not even a week its been implemented...and these perfect souls on earth want it to be full proof...joke isn't it...

the system WILL evolve for better...

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