'Technology Gone Wrong': Ben Stokes Raises Eyebrows On Zak Crawley's Dismissal In Vizag Test

'Technology Gone Wrong': Ben Stokes Raises Eyebrows On Zak Crawley's Dismissal In Vizag Test

Ben Stokes believes the technology got Zak Crawley's dismissal wrong on day 4 of Vizag Test

PTIUpdated: Monday, February 05, 2024, 05:28 PM IST
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Ben Stokes. | (Image Credits: Twitter)

England captain Ben Stokes on Monday felt his opening batter Zak Crawley was at the receiving end of a ‘wrong’ DRS call for an LBW, after going down against India in the second Test.

Crawley was England’s best batter in the game, scoring 76 and 73 in his two innings. On day four, he blended caution with aggression to put the Indian bowlers under pressure before being adjudged LBW off Kuldeep Yadav in a close DRS call before lunch.

On the sixth ball of his first over, Kuldeep got one to turn back in from middle stump. It seemed the ball was going down leg but DRS showed that it was hitting the leg-stump.

"Not going to say that the reason why we haven’t got the result we wanted" - Ben Stokes

Stokes did not seem to agree with the DRS call.

“Technology in the game is obviously there. Everyone has an understanding of the reasons it can never be 100% which is why we have the umpire’s call. That’s why it’s in place. When it’s not 100% as everyone says, I don’t think it’s unfair for someone to say ‘I think the technology has got it wrong on this occasion’,” Stokes said after the 106-run loss.

“And that is my personal opinion. I will say that. But in a game full of ifs, buts and maybes, I am not going to say that the reason why we haven’t got the result we wanted. I’m just saying my personal opinion is that the technology has gone wrong on this occasion, and I think that’s fair to say.

“You can’t really do much with things that have been and gone. A decision has been made, and you can’t really overturn a decision that has been made. That is where I stand on that,” he said.

"Bit of a virus going around" - Ben Stokes

Stokes also informed that a couple of players in the squad woke up sick on Monday morning. It has been learnt that Ben Foakes, Ollie Pope and Tom Hartley, who all batted in the second innings, were not 100 percent.

“A couple woke up this morning not feeling great, and when everyone had the same symptoms you know there is something going around. There’s a bit of a virus going around, it’s not an excuse for the result or anything, because it’s a game full of ifs, buts and maybes."

The 3rd Test begins on February 15th in Rajkot.

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