Kohli, Finch complain about problems caused by heavy LED bails

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

"Their bowling plans were pretty simple but really effective on a wicket like that", Finch complemented Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for keeping the Aussies on a tight leash at the start. The huge pro-India crowd at the Oval roared with delight on Sunday. Gayle survived when the bails were unmoved despite his off stump being clipped by a 91mph Mitchell Starc delivery.

Incidentally, this is already the 5th time that such an incident has occurred at the ongoing World Cup 2019. Former England captain Nasser Hussain and former pacer Shoaib Akhtar took to their Twitter handle to share their thoughts. Something needs to be done.

"Their spinners probably had a bigger impact than what ours did through the middle overs in particular, where the ball was just starting to hold up", he said. "Won't that fix the problem?"

Because of the earlier incidents, the International Cricket Council has already defended the electronic zing bails, saying their use won't be reviewed, and they're actually lighter than regular wooden bails.

The recurring phenomenon haunting bowlers at this World Cup struck again this morning.

But fortunately for the ICC, all the instances in this tournament have not been crucial, so far. "I haven't seen that happen so many times in the past". I'm sure no team would like seeing stuff like that. The lights come on and you know it's very precise when you actually make something happen with the stumps.

The incident came just a year after Australia stars Warner and Steve Smith, as well as team-mate Cameron Bancroft were banned for their roles in a ball-tampering scheme during a Test in South Africa. He smiled and Bumrah grimaced. That makes two, what could be called, un-Warner like innings in the tournament - his 84-ball 56 following a 114-ball 89 not out against Afghanistan. "We were on the right end of it today, but it's a bit unfair at times isn't it?' said Finch after India's win on Sunday". They are making things tough for the current fast bowlers, as they are hesitating to get out of their grooves. "These are not your medium-paced bowlers", he said.

"We checked and the stump was not knocked in very hard so I don´t know what´s going on. So I don't know what's actually wrong with the stump, the outer coating of the stump", Kohli said. Is the stump too thick or too rigid? But the bails stayed and de Kock got a boundary.

Although India won the match by 36 runs, Warner´s escape could have been a turning point and Kohli made it clear the situation was unacceptable. In Sri Lanka's game with New Zealand last Saturday, Karunaratne edged a ball onto his stumps without the bails being dislodged. Stokes' answer was to bowl him the next ball.

Former Australian cricket vice-captain David Warner at Cape Town International Airport.

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