Bail-makers stumped by 'Zing' problems at Cricket World Cup

AP Updated: 13 June, 2019, 10:56 AM IST

It's a matter that has everyone stumped at the Cricket World Cup: Why aren't the bails coming off when the ball hits the wickets?

There were five instances in the first 13 matches of the tournament when the electronic "Zing" bails lit up after being struck but failed to drop from the wickets.

Players are unhappy. Spectators and pundits are bemused. The makers of the bails don't understand the glitches, either.

"Nothing has changed with the Zing system for years," David Ligertwood, director of Zing, said in emailed comments.

"The Zing wicket system has operated in well over a thousand games and this issue has not happened frequently."

Ligertwood said Zing is "currently monitoring the situation" and "reviewing all aspects and at the same time looking into whether there are some practical modifications that can be made in the future to make the bails come off easier."

He said there were "competing interests" that need to be balanced in context.

"For example, the game doesn't want the bails coming off too easily," he said. "This issue is obviously important as the game wants batsmen being dismissed when they should be. But even with this unusual spate of bails not falling it remains definitive and it remains the same for both sides."

The International Cricket Council defended the zing bails, saying the plastic version that contain LED componentry are actually lighter than regular wooden bails.

Zing bails have been in use since 2012, and featured in the last World Cup in 2015. They help to identify run-outs and stumpings.

The most recent incident happened in the match between India and Australia, when Australia batsman David Warner glanced a delivery by Jasprit Bumrah off his bat, onto his boot and onto the base of the leg stump. The flashing bails lit up but weren't dislodged from the grooves at the top of the wickets. That meant he was not out.

Similar occurrences have also taken place in the following matches: England vs. South Africa, New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka, Australia vs. West Indies, and England vs. Bangladesh.

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'See you soon in Indian jersey' - Fans salute Devdutt Padikkal after impressive fifty on IPL debut

Mohd Asim Updated: 21 September, 2020, 10:22 PM IST

Devdutt Padikkal showed his class on his IPL debut in the ongoing match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The left-handed batsman played some stunning strokes and stunned the rivals by his attitude.

Devdutt Padikkal, already a known name in the Indian domestic circuit scored an impressive fifty for Virat Kohli-led franchise. He made full use of the power-play and slammed bug shots. Devdutt added 90 runs with his opening partner, Aaron Finch.

His 56 runs came off just 42 balls and his strike rate of 133.33 impressed everyone. Fans took to Twitter to congratulate the 20-year old.

Here are some of the reactions.

In 35 domestic matches, he has scored 1879 runs at an average of 52.19.

IPL 2020: Playing under Rohit has boosted my confidence, says Bumrah

Vedant Yadav Updated: 21 September, 2020, 9:54 PM IST

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrahrevealed that the freedom he enjoys playing under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in Mumbai Indians set-up has been a massive confidence booster for him in his career.

Bumrah has been an integral part of Mumbai Indians' team, which has won record four IPL titles since Rohit Sharma took over as captain in 2013.

“For me, he (Rohit) has always given me the freedom, he has always told me to express yourself (myself), be whatever you want, be it any situation, take ownership of your own bowling, so that gives me a lot of confidence and a responsibility that I’m responsible for whatever I’m doing,” Bumrah said.

“So that’s a big thing for a captain because then he gives a bowler so much of confidence. He trusts you so much and he trusts the decisions that you will take and that’s a very positive sign,” he added.

Not just Bumrah, Rohit’s captaincy has also come in for praise from fellow players and management staff.

“He is always open to take suggestions on the ground. I have seen him a lot of times when there is a crunch situation, or when he is put under pressure, that time he is very calm, cool and composed. He takes tough decisions during that time,” batsman Suryakumar Yadav told MITV.

Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene termed Rohit as a “very instinctive leader”, while former India speedster Zaheer Khan, who is part of the team’s support staff, described the right-handed batsman as “a thinking cricketer.”

IPL 2020: RCB to wear special training kits to thank frontline warriors

Vedant Yadav Updated: 21 September, 2020, 9:08 PM IST

Ahead of their IPL 2020 opener against SRH on Monday, the Royal Challengers Bangalore players were seen wearing jerseys in training which had the message ‘My Covid heroes’ written on the backside of it.

The franchise later announced that they'll be wearing the same, throughout the season during training sessions to celebrate everyone who have worked towards “making the world a better place” throughout the ongoing pandemic.

In an interview before the match, RCB star player AB de Villiers was asked about the same, and he believes that it's a great initiative by the franchise to honour the frontline warriors.

On being asked about the teams prospects for the ongoing season, De Villiers said: “Have done some fantastic work behind the scenes and we are very well prepared and our net session and training session have been very intense. It’s about trusting each other and executing all the hard work we have put in.”

IPL 2020: I started crying after Brendon McCullum announced that Iโ€™ll be playing for KKR, says Ali Khan

Vedant Yadav Updated: 21 September, 2020, 8:29 PM IST

Days before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Ali Khan's dream of playing in the cash-lucrative league got fulfilled.

The American pace sensation was roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders as the direct replacement of bowler Harry Gurney.

Ali's surprise selection came after impressing during the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season, where he plied his trade for the Trinbago Knight Riders. He picked up eight wickets from eight matches with and an economy of 7.43.

Ali has won two of the last three CPL editions and he will be the first player to play in the IPL.

Acording to reports, Ali was also in KKR's radar, last year, after his solid performances in the 2018 Global T20 Canada with the Winnipeg Hawks. He was initially scouted by Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.

Just before their semi-final game against the Jamaica Tallawahs, the TKR squad had gathered for a team dinner when Khan came to know about the start of his journey with the Kolkata franchise.

“As soon as everyone sat in their seats, [Knight Riders coach] Brendon McCullum welcomed everyone to dinner and then he said, ‘A man from the USA will be joining us in Kolkata Knight Riders. I want to take this opportunity to announce that…’,” said Khan as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

Ali said that he started crying when Brendon made the announcement. He also revealed that the KKR coach gave him a big hug and said: "You deserve it".

IPL 2020: RR skipper Steve Smith available for selection after clearing concussion tests

Vedant Yadav Updated: 21 September, 2020, 7:44 PM IST

Ahead of their opening fixture against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals' skipper Steve Smith has been declared fit to play, having passed his concussion tests.

Smith has missed three ODIs against England in the UK due to a concussion issue, and there were doubts whether he will be fit to feature in Royals’ season opener.

Andrew McDonald, RR's head coach, confirmed that Smith is available for selection against CSK.

“Fantastic news that Steve is available. It’s fantastic especially on the back of some setbacks back in the UK. It’s obviously great to have your skipper available for the first game as I’ve said before we are in really good hands. In terms of the rest of the squad, we couldn’t be happier with their preparation. We have got what we needed, having been here nice and early to get our preparation going on the back of the long lay-off,” McDonald said in a RR's virtual press release

“We have got the bases covered and have some really good depth in the squad and really looking forward to seeing what it looks like in a real competitive match against CSK. They had a fantastic first game, they’re one game into the tournament which is a slight advantage when you come out against the team that’s already played and performed. So, we’ll definitely have our work cut out and really looking forward to what our guys can bring to the table and we’re really excited about what the journey presents,” he added.

Smith, meanwhile, revealed that he is eager to get back to action, having missed the ODI series against England.

The 31-year-old, Smith, is one of the four main overseas players in the team alongside English trio of Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.

Jofra is expected to be in the playing XI while both are Buttler and Stokes will play no part in the game. Buttler is serving a 6-day quarantine period with his family while Stokes has not yet arrived in UAE.