Saeed Ajmal, a former Pakistan off-spinner, has spoken out about the DRS issue that erupted during the final Test match between South Africa and India.
On the final session of the third day, the event occurred during South Africa’s second innings. The on-field umpire gave South Africa’s captain Dean Elgar LBW, but the judgment was overturned on DRS.
While the on-field umpire’s decision appeared to be correct at first glance, the technology proved that the ball would have gone on to miss the stumps. The Indian side was enraged by the verdict, believing that the ball’s trajectory did not indicate that it would have rebounded over the stumps and that the technology had been rigged in South Africa’s favour. Saeed Ajmal trapped Sachin Tendulkar LBW in the Cricket World Cup semi-final in Mohali in 2011 in a similar occurrence. While the on-field umpire called Sachin out, the DRS determined that the ball would have missed the leg-stump. At the time, Ajmal and Pakistan did not agree with the decision since it appeared exceedingly implausible that the ball would have turned that much. Over the last few years, Ajmal has stated numerous times that Sachin should not have been awarded not out.
While the Indian team was protesting the recent decision on the field, Ajmal was once again the centre of attention in the cricketing world, reminding spectators that technology can be wrong at times. When an obvious decision goes against you, Ajmal says, you realise how difficult it is to accept.
“I’ve seen Dean Elgar review a couple of times today. The ball had no chance of going over the stumps. He was out when the ball hit him on the knee-roll,” he explained.
“There’s no way my 2011 World Cup delivery to Sachin Tendulkar missed the stumps, just like Ashwin’s delivery to Elgar today didn’t miss the stumps,” he continued. When Sachin Tendulkar’s decision at the 2011 World Cup was overturned, match officials and Indians informed him that technology was correct and should be trusted, whereas the same individuals are now claiming that technology is to blame and should not be trusted.