Cricket is com­mon sense

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

IN THE re­cent cricket Test be­tween Pak­istan and South Africa, bats­man Shafiq of Pak­istan, on 36, was given out leg-be­fore by the um­pire. The com­men­ta­tors all agreed that, from the slow-mo­tion pic­ture, it looked out. From th­ese pic­tures you could clearly see the ball was swing­ing from the leg wicket to­wards the mid­dle stump. The bats­man de­cided to re­view this de­ci­sion, and tech­nol­ogy was used to de­ter­mine whether the ball would in­deed have hit the stumps. Now, the slow-mo­tion re­view clearly showed that the ball was swing­ing; tech­nol­ogy on the other hand, us­ing a cal­cu­la­tion, showed that the ball would have con­tin­ued in the di­rec­tion it was trav­el­ling in when it hit the pitch, and go on to miss the stumps com­pletely.

The re­view was “not out”, and the com­men­ta­tors sur­pris­ingly but non­cha­lantly agreed that they were wrong. No, the tech­nol­ogy was wrong in this in­stance. Com­mon sense should have pre­vailed where the third um­pire should’ve taken cog­ni­sance of the fact that we all saw that the ball swung. The com­men­ta­tors should’ve had the gump­tion to chal­lenge the de­ci­sion, thereby ne­ces­si­tat­ing that this tech­nol­ogy be im­proved. It ap­pears that our com­men­ta­tors are paid to be sub­jec­tive to­wards tech­no­log­i­cal de­ci­sions given in sport, even though com­mon sense says oth­er­wise.

I re­cently came across an ar­ti­cle about the death of com­mon sense. Com­mon sense will die out if learned peo­ple al­ways for­sake it in lieu of tech­nol­ogy. We are more apt to be­lieve and we trust re­sults ob­tained through tech­nol­ogy above those aris­ing from com­mon sense. We be­come so gullible that we dis­trust our nat­u­ral in­stinct for the sake of ac­cep­tance of tech­nol­ogy with­out ques­tion. We for­sake our abil­ity to think and rea­son, leav­ing us open to be eas­ily de­ceived by the unscrupulous out there. Let us make com­mon sense com­mon again.

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