The most controversial decision in cricket is if the batsman is given LBW out. Hardly any batsman will ever appear satisfied with this decision.
Pakistan has been accused of winning the Test match by getting the opposition team out through their umpires in this manner for years and later had to start neutral umpiring.
But the controversy over the neutral umpiring was also not stopped due to LBW. Due to this, the DRS i.e. Decision Review System had to be implemented, in which the third umpire decides on whether or not the ball is on the wicket after watching TV replays and then the batsman is out or not. But do you know that this new system has shown different effects for spinners and fast bowlers.
DRS system became operational in 2008
The process of reviewing the umpire’s LBW out decision was first started in 2008. For the first time in the Test match between Team India and Sri Lanka at the SSC Stadium in Colombo from 23 July 2008, the umpires gave decisions under this new arrangement.
Wickets of fast bowlers decreased and wickets of spinners increased
While the DRS system proved to be a loss deal for fast bowlers, spin bowlers started getting more wickets due to this. According to cricket website ESPNcricinfo, in the 10 years before the implementation of DRS, LBW accounted for 17.76 per cent of the total wickets received by the fast bowlers, then in the following 12 years this share has come down to just 14.78 per cent. In contrast, the quota for wickets of spin bowlers through LBW increased from 17.48 percent to 21.34 percent.