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Explainer: Mayank Aggarwal became a ‘hunter’… what is ball tracking technology, how does it work and why is there a ruckus?

New Delhi
The opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul got India off to a great start in the first innings of the Centurion Test against South Africa. Both shared 117 runs for the first wicket. Mayank scored 60 runs in 123 balls. Fast bowler Lungi Engidi broke this dangerous looking partnership. Engidi gave India the first blow by dismissing Mayank Agarwal LBW.

After this, a controversy arose regarding Mayank’s dismissal. Actually, it happened that the 41st over of the Indian innings came to put Lungi Ngidi. The second ball of this over hit Mayank’s pad. Initially, it looked like the ball was missing the leg stump. The ball was a bit high too. In such a situation, the field umpire Erasmus did not give out Mayank. After this South African captain Dean Elgar took the review.
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It was clearly visible in TV replays that the ball was missing the stumps. Even in ball tracking, the ball was leaving the stumps. After this, the third umpire asked Erasmus to change the decision, on which the field umpire was also surprised. Mayank Agarwal was also quite surprised while going to the pavilion.

He returned to the pavilion shaking his head. After Agarwal’s dismissal, there was a ruckus on social media. Many people started sharing screenshots on social media. He said that ball tracking has been ‘under suspicion’ in the past as well.

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Let us know what is this technology, on which there is so much confusion. This cutting edge technology is used in almost all the matches of cricket.

ball tracking
Through this technology, it is easy to give the decision of LBW. This tells whether the ball is hitting the wicket or not. It is also called Hawk Eye. For this technique, 6 cameras are installed at different angles in the stadium.

The job of all these cameras is to track the path of the ball. All these 6 cameras track the ball from the time the ball is bowled by the bowler to the time it is intercepted by the fielder.

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After this, the computer creates a 3D image of the captured image in the camera. The speed, bounce and swing of the ball are taken into account when creating a 3D image. With the help of which the decision of LBW becomes easy.

Apart from cricket, this technique is also used in sports like tennis and football. The goal line in football is used to track the ball while in tennis.

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When Mayank was asked about this, he said that if he said anything, then my money would be deducted. According to Mayank, ‘I am not allowed to express my opinion and hence I want to leave it at that. This will also send a negative message and my money (match fee) can be docked.

‘…then everyone began to doubt his opinion’
Lungi Engidi, however, expressed his opinion openly on this. Although he too was speaking on the ‘umpire’s call’ only. “I think it was a good appeal,” he said. I thought it would be the umpires call. I would like to say one more thing, I felt that the ball was a little lower than the bounce I was getting. When the decision took some time to come, everyone started doubting their opinion.

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