The spidercam has sparked controversy during an Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.
As Rajasthan chased Kolkata’s 6-174, Jaydev Unadkat’s aerial leg-side shot appeared to strike a cable attached to spidercam before being caught in the deep by Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Unadkat protested the decision which was sent up to the third umpire, who declared there wasn’t conclusive evidence that the ball struck the spidercam cable and reverted to the on-field decision of out.
The wicket fell with the Rajasthan Royals destined for defeat already, at 8-106 in the 18th over, but it appeared a major error as the TV replays didn’t track the appropriate moment where the ball struck the cable on its upward trajectory, slowing it and allowing the catch, as opposed to going for six.
The replays and commentators focused on the latter part of the ball’s flight when it hard already slowed.
TV commentator Michael Slater said on air: “I didn’t see a deviation… it’s very hard to tell.”
Fellow commentator Sunil Gavaskar added: “No, there’s nothing. Did it hit? It’s not conclusive.”
Neither side cited the incident as match changing but the failure of the third umpire to spot the contact with the cable on the upward trajectory was inadequate, as it slowed the ball enabling the catch.
Earlier, KKR flew out of the blocks with opener Shubman Gill posting 47 from 34 balls and Andre Russell blasting 24 off 14 including three sixes, while in-form Eoin Morgan added crucial late runs with 34no from 23 balls.
Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy and Nagarkoti all claimed two wickets while big-money signing Pat Cummins impressed with an economical 1-13 from three overs as Rajasthan failed in their chase.
KRR captain Dinesh Karthik said: “I wouldn’t call it perfect. There was a lot of areas we could improve. It was a good game.
“A lot of things pleased me - the way Gill started, the way Russell started, the way Morgan kept his head.”