5 instances of technical glitches in cricket
Technology isn't foolproof!
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Cricket has become a popular game ever since it’s inception and as time passed by, there have been plenty of changes. Bearing in mind the dynamics of the sport, the technical aspect of the sport has also been looked upon. The game has become advanced and technologies of the highest quality is being applied.
One of the most talked about among them is the Decision Review System (DRS). However, while there’s a bright side to technology, it can be misguiding as well. As they say, technology can’t be foolproof.
Same has been the case with the DRS, the credentials of which have been questioned plenty of times. On a number of instances, players have had to bear the brunt of the errors on the field. The goof-ups have all the potential to turn around the fortunes of many.
In the article, let’s take a look at five instances of technical glitches in cricket: –
1. Mateesha Pathirana’s 175 km/h thunderbolt, 2020
Sri Lanka’s Mateesha Pathirana, who models his action on Lasith Malinga, grabbed the headlines in the 2020 edition of the U19 World Cup in South Africa. In the match against India, the youngster recorded a delivery, which showed 175 kmph on the Speedometer.
Numbers said that it was the fastest ball to be ever bowled in any form of cricket and had surpassed speedster Shoaib Akhtar. Yashasvi Jaiswal faced Pathirana’s delivery in the game. At first go, one couldn’t have been blamed for thinking that there’s something fishy in a 17-year-old hurling the thunderbolt.
Later, it was indeed revealed that there was a technical glitch while recording. Therefore, Shoaib’s 161.3 kmph (100 mph) in an ODI against England in the 2003 World Cup remained as the fastest delivery.