AUS vs IND 2016: MS Dhoni and Steve are unhappy with Spidercam
Indian captain MS Dhoni says the introduction of broadcast technology has enhanced the viewing experience for fans but the Indian skipper has called for restraint after the overhead “Spidercam” “disturbed” the play in Sydney’s one-dayer against Australia.
Virat Kohli’s upper-cut off John Hastings went for a boundary in the 19th over of India’s innings but it was declared a dead ball after hitting the spider camera on the way. India managed to chase down a 331run victory target to end their losing streak but Dhoni warned that such interference could affect the outcome of a tight contest.
At the post-match press conference, Dhoni said, “I am quite a traditional guy”. He said it after avoiding a whitewash by winning the fifth and final ODI. “Anything that disturbs the game of cricket I don’t like it. ” This camera first introduced in T20 cricket from where people would be like, ‘Why don’t you wear a mic?’, ‘Why don’t you wear a camera?’ The camera gives a bird eye view of the action, had to be used more carefully.
“I always feel there is always a need for a balance. At the end of the day, it’s a spectators’ sport, people watching on television, but at the same time, four runs can really matter. “Especially when it’s a 310-320 game, those four runs can be crucial,” he said.
On a lighter note, he said there should be some form of penalty for Spidercam if it gets in the way.
“Everyone gets penalised, why not have the same system for the Spidercam? Say, ‘Okay if you get hit, $2,000 per hit.’ Let’s make it interesting,” he joked.
Meanwhile, Dhoni’s Australian counterpart Steve Smith also saw the funny side of the incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “He was probably our best fielder tonight, Spidercam. He saved four,” said Smith. He was not pleased with his team’s fielding display after Shaun Marsh and Nathan Lyon dropped simple chances.
Smith himself was also a Spidercam victim last year when he was distracted by the camera’s movement and spilled a catch at the same ground.
“I just think we need to make sure it’s away when the ball is coming,” the home captain said after his team’s 4-1 victory in the ODI series.
“We don’t need to see things like that where it’s a dead ball. Something like that can really change the course of the game. “So I just think we need to make sure we get him out of the way when the bowler is coming into bowl.”
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