World Cup 2019: Cricket world reacts after David Warner’s lucky escape

first_imgAustralian opener David Warner got a huge reprieve on Sunday during the game against India after Jasprit Bumrah induced a chop on the stumps only to see the bails remain firmly in position. On the 1st ball of the second over of Australia’s chase of 353 at The Oval, Bumrah and rest of Indian players were left stunned when the bails didn’t fall even after a thick edge from Warner’s bat crashed directly into the stumps.Incidentally, this is already the 5th time that such an incident has occurred at the ongoing World Cup 2019. Experts and fans alike have been left puzzled by the ‘zing bails’ which have refused to fall at crucial times, thereby undoing hours of hard work from bowlers in the modern game which is heavily dominated by the batsmen.Here are excerpts from our ball-by-ball commentary from the previous 4 instances in the 2019 World Cup which left bowling teams high and dry:1. England v South AfricaAdil Rashid to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! 50 up for South Africa.But what happened there? Has the ball hit the stumps? In fact, replays show it did! The bails did not come off while the ball raced towards the boundary. It was a googly from Rashid which pitched on leg prompting de Kock to go for the sweep but misses. The ball brushes the off-stump and beats Buttler to the third-man boundary2. New Zealand v Sri LankaTrent Boult to Dimuth Karunaratne, wait, what! The ball seems to have crashed into the off-stump before nestling inside the keeper’s gloves. Impossible to believe how the bails didn’t come off and managed to stay in the groove. We already witnessed something similar in the World Cup opener and now this! Karunaratne should consider himself quite lucky.advertisement3. Australia v West IndiesMitchell Starc to Chris Gayle, Not Out! There was definitely some noise there? Oh dear, it’s not from the bat, rather it’s from the ball brushing the off stump. And luckily for Gayle, the bails didn’t come off. Gayle tries to muscle this outside-off delivery from Starc, over the leg-side but misses it altogether. As soon as Carey appeals for a caught behind, the umpire raises his finger but Gayle disagrees. A DRS appeal later it’s clear that the ball did miss the bat only to flick the stumps on its way to Carey’s gloves. Simply unbelievable that a 147 kph delivery failed to dislodge the bails. Starc can only laugh as he walks back to his bowling mark while Gayle will bat on…4. England v BangladeshBen Stokes to Saifuddin: Wow can you believe it? It has happened once again here. A back-of-a-length ball from Stokes and Saifuddin tries to pull it but misses and the ball ricochets off his arm onto the stumps. However, the bails remain intact as Stokes is left with hands on his headMeanwhile, prominent experts and current and former cricketers have criticized the zing bails with some of them calling for the ICC to take note of such incidents.I understand that the electronics in the stumps and the bails make them heavier. Why can’t the groove the bails sit in just be made shallower? Won’t that fix the problem? Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) June 9, 2019This can’t keep happening with the bails !!! Hard enough being a bowler nowadays .. needs changingNasser Hussain (@nassercricket) June 9, 2019Zing Bails #CWC19 #IndvAus Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 9, 2019Nice era to Bat when you can’t get bowled !!!!! These stumps/Zinger bail combination have to be changed ….. #CWC2019Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 9, 2019These zing bails ,something needs to be done. As if applied glue. Lights and stump mic making their mark for probably the 5th time this WC.#IndvAusMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 9, 2019Toughest job in cricket is the PR person for Zing Bails.Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) June 9, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma set flurry of records vs AustraliaAlso Read | ICC rejected Chris Gayle’s request to use ‘Universe Boss’ logo before censoring MS Dhonilast_img read more