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Hawk-Eye dismisses doubts over Tendulkar lbw

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April 6, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar walks back after a chancy 85, India v Pakistan, 2nd semi-final, World Cup 2011, Mohali, March 30, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar was eventually dismissed for 85 © Getty Images

Hawk-Eye Innovations, the company responsible for the ball-tracking technology used in the DRS during the World Cup, has sought to dismiss doubts over the accuracy of the technology during the semi-final between India and Pakistan when an lbw decision against Sachin Tendulkar was overturned by the referral system. The company has published a detailed report of the Tendulkar referral on its website.

"The path Hawk-Eye showed was accurate and the Decision Review System was used correctly to overturn the umpire's original decision," Stephen Carter, managing director of Hawk-Eye Innovations told the Guardian. "The Hawk-Eye track lines up perfectly with the video of the real ball from release to impact point."

Tendulkar was ruled out lbw by umpire Ian Gould in the 11th over, bowled by Saeed Ajmal when on 23 (he went on to make 85). After much deliberation, Tendulkar asked for a referral and replays showed that the ball, delivered from an angle, pitched outside the line of off stump before turning in to hit his front pad in front of middle. Hawk-Eye suggested that the ball would have gone on to miss leg stump. Ajmal, after the game, expressed bafflement, claiming he had bowled an arm ball that went on straight when it had appeared as though the ball had been an offspinner that spun down after pitching in line.

"The commentators said on air that Tendulkar had been 'caught on the crease'," Carter said on his website. "From the front-on angle it does look like Tendulkar has been hit when batting in his crease. However, Tendulkar was almost two metres out of his crease when struck."

He also dismissed suggestions that the wrong ball may have been superimposed during the referral. "Theoretically it is possible but in a practical sense you couldn't superimpose a wrong ball," he said. "It would not line up perfectly and it would be perfectly obvious to everybody."


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Posted by Manesh on (April 9, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

@Salim_123, ha ha ha. So, Pakistan will beat India if Tendulkar given out LBW in that match???. First look at your batting line up,and comment. If we bowled out under 200, we would have defend that too. Please come up with some good excuses. It is funny that you are not pointing those dropped catches! Our kids are far better fielders than them...lol

Posted by Rajesh on (April 8, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Why are people doubting that the impct was 2 meters from the stumps? They are not talking about 2 meters from the crease but 2 meters from the stumps. From where Tendulkar was standing, he only had to stretch about 3 feet for the impact to be 2 meters from the stumps. You can see in the replay that just after the impact his right foot also comes out to be in parallel with the left foot and he is quite a bit ouside of the crease. It is nonsense to say that the ball would have hit the middle stump. The ball pitched 3 to 4 inches outside off and even if the impact was on the middle the ball had to travel another 2 meters with the same angle. Either it was missing leg or brushing leg. Fair decision!

Posted by m on (April 8, 2011, 13:22 GMT)

there is nothing wrong with this hawak eye .. this WC was about cricket believe me ... we have seen this technology for some time it has neve done this .. that ball was not going anywhere but to middle stumps .... and if you look at the tendulker stratway he points that this ball should miss leg stump .. and hawak eye showed exectly that ... he geneious or he knew more then every one else ....???? as i said this WC was not about cricket as Pakistani i am not realy upset but see if you all can see big picture

Posted by Nauman on (April 8, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

I totally agree with anwarmehrally, this haweye was doctored. The ball bowled by Ajmal was indeed an arm ball( this goes to Aditya Sharma), if you look closely in replays and on haweye website, the seam is upright.... an arm ball is bowled with an upright seam......Hawkeye shows the ball turning in after pitching.Not even this case, I noticed similar other cases during the world cup when umpires relied on the hawkeye and it was wrong.It may be successful in tennis, but cricket ...no way it doesnt account for the drift and what about reverse swing. thats too much for hawkeye.

Posted by Naaz on (April 8, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

The master batsman knew he was out and he was feeling guilty no wonder he was scratchy. The same systen which was not acaceptable to India saved them from crashing out, ICC (ooops BCCI) should continue with the system even if sometimes a tiny adjustment is mad here and there

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 8, 2011, 9:40 GMT)

Now the decision is done and we can not do any thing about it .. Qoute pdf: " However the Hawk-Eye system also captures the run-out angle allowing us to show how far down the wicket Tendulkar was out when struck (almost two metres)"

I think with the leg umpire blocking the view(image 4) it is not possible to know the exact point of impact on the batsman , and also the stride the batsman took would become impossible to judge. I would request the Hawk Eye authorities to please explain how is it done, I am really curious.

Posted by Manesh on (April 8, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

It is funny. Indian Borad and players including Sachin was against the UDRS because they thought it is not 100% perfect. The other fans criticized them for it. And when Sachin got benefit from it, the same criticizers are aganist the UDRS now. This is what Sachin told earlier : UDRS IS NOT 100% PERFECT. But regarding the match, Pakistan was not lost because of that, but because of - drop you somewhere- Kamran and Co.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 8, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

@Gagan... Shame on you calling your Tendulkar a DOG..... no harm to say its look like it he really need the cup...... where he was not fit but ICC Fit him with a big deal of BCCI..... All hot dogs...... No way that India can beat Pakistan....... No way...... our Blind cricket team is enough for them..... Baby Sachin a selfish batsman.... baagwan sachin daas.... cricinfo...... please post my comment.... but no use Cricinfo...... is the site for ICC and BCCI.....after all Money .... Yaarr Money Money.....

Posted by Rex on (April 7, 2011, 23:33 GMT)

So many comments about whether Pakistan deserved to win or lose given they were sloppy in the field. That is not the point. We have rushed into this technology without the public being given any clear, objective test data. The point is not whether it is "good enough" but whether followers of the game have a right to being told what the science is here. And if there is any doubt that ball has been replaced - do we not deserve an investigation.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 7, 2011, 23:24 GMT)

I agreed with most of the comments here who like me surprise to see the pdf explanation from hawk-eye website, the picture of impact and trajectory has differences, the actual impact of the ball is in front of middle stump where as trajectory on pdf shows it impact in leg stump and draws the line from their...in short the public should know more about the system and who operates this system in matches, as we all knew that neutral umpires are must in these matches, so, who are the operator of these system which can swing the result of match...how neutral is the system? ..and to all the other comments who are drumming about the fielding errors caused that game...this is nothing to do abt this particular game outcome...this is abt the faulty system which most probably decide the future of the games result, and unless the public has trust on it, the system is not acceptable and should be scrapped from future matches and tournaments.

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