Friday, February 18, 2011

First View in the World Cup 2011

Some things that we will for the first time in this World Cup – The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011…

1. Batting Power Play

A very interesting addition to the game, it allows the batting team to choose a segment of 5 overs when only 3 fielders are allowed outside the 30 yard circle. Very useful during high run chases or for recovering from a slow start, it also keeps the fans interested in the game for longer periods of time in the middle overs.

2. Free Hit

The ball after the No Ball is called a free hit – the batsman cannot be out on this ball except for being run out. Charges up the spectators and livens up the game all around the park.

3. UDRS (Umpire Decision Review System)

Each team is allowed to ask for the review of the on field umpire’s call if they are not satisfied with it. The 3rd umpire then, with the aid of super slow motion cameras, various angles, hawk eye etc. takes a decision and relays the message to the on field umpire. Each team is allowed 2 unsuccessful reviews per innings.

I love this UDRS concept and believe that it reduces the pressure on the umpires and also increases the correct decision percentage to almost 100%. I have always wondered why Dhoni and Sachin are against such a wonderful concept…

Any other thing that I have missed here, add them in the comments section!!

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