Former Pakistan off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal has shared his opinion on the recent DRS controversy in the final Test match between South Africa and India.
The incident occurred during South Africa’s second innings on the final session of the third day. South Africa’s captain, Dean Elgar was given out LBW by the on-field umpire before the decision was overturned on DRS.
While the decision by the on-field umpire looked fine to the naked eye, technology confirmed that the ball would have gone on to miss the stumps. The decision frustrated the Indian team as they felt that the trajectory of the ball did not indicate the ball would have bounced over the stumps and they opined that the technology had been manipulated in South Africa’s favor.
A similar incident happened back in 2011 as Saeed Ajmal trapped Sachin Tendulkar LBW in the Cricket World Cup semi-final in Mohali. While Sachin was given out by the on-field umpire, the DRS showed that the ball would have gone on to miss the leg-stump. The decision did not sit well with Ajmal and Pakistan at that time as it looked highly unlikely that the ball would have turned that much. Ajmal has stated on multiple occasions over the past few years that there is no way Sachin should have been given not out.
While the Indian team protested the latest decision on the field, Ajmal was the center of attention once again in the cricketing world as he reminded the fans that technology can be wrong sometimes as well. Ajmal said that when such an obvious decision goes against you then you realize how difficult it is to accept.
“I have watched Dean Elgar review a few times today. There is no way that the ball was going over the stumps. The ball hit him on the knee-roll and he was out,” he stated.
“There is no way my delivery to Sachin Tendulkar from the 2011 World Cup was missing the stumps, just like the Ashwin delivery to Elgar today wasn’t missing the stumps,” he added.
Ajmal added that when Sachin’s decision during the 2011 World Cup was overturned, the match officials and Indians told him that the technology is accurate and it should be trusted, while the same people are saying today that it is the technology’s fault and it should not be trusted.
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