Zing bails: What they said

The zing bails have become the talk of the town during the 2019 edition of the World Cup. Once hailed as an innovative technological invention, helping the game move along with the times, the bails have come in for a lot of flak during the tournament.

In the World Cup, five batsmen have gotten away from being dismissed after the ball came in contact with the stumps, but the bails did not fall off. Quinton de Kock, Dimuth Karunaratne, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Saifuddin and David Warner have all been saved by the bail!

The World Cup is not the first instance where the zing bails have failed to fall off. During the IPL as well, in a span of a week, there were three instances when the bails showed some out of character behaviour. The issue also arose during the BBL, which was the first major T20 league to introduce the lightening bails.

The belief is that the zing bails are heavier than the normal ones, which requires more force from the ball when they come in contact with them, for them to fall off. The zing bails are manufactured in Australia and first got approval from the ICC in 2012.

This has sparked a lot of discourse from former as well as current players, on the bails. Here’s what some of them have said on the zinger bails controversy

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his Australian counterpart Aaron Finch also spoke on the bails, after David Warner got a lucky escape after not getting bowled despite Jasprit Bumrah’s delivery hit the stumps after taking an inside-edge.

Kohli said:

“I mean, this is not something which you expect at the international level. I think with the technology it’s great. The lights come on and you know it’s very precise when you actually make something happen with the stumps. But you literally have to smash the stumps really hard, and I’m saying that as a batsman. If I see something happening like that, I’d be very surprised, also. And these are fast bowlers. These are not your medium-paced bowlers. I don’t know what’s actually wrong with the stump, the outer coating of the stump. I have no idea what’s going on due to the lights coming on, if the stump is too thick or too rigid. But I’m sure no team would like seeing stuff like that when you actually bowl a good ball and then you don’t get the guy out, the ball hits the stump and the lights don’t come on, or the lights come on and the bail comes back on to the stump. I haven’t seen that happen so many times in the past.”

Finch added:

“We were on the right end of it today, but I think going forward it is a bit unfair at times. We were on the right end of it today, but it’s a bit unfair at times, isn’t it? But it does seem to be happening more and more, which is unfortunate because you’d hate to see something like that happen in a World Cup final or a semifinal or something like that. That you’ve done the hard work as a bowler or a fielding side to set a player up or get the mistake and it not be rewarded. There may be something, but I’m not sure what you can do. I don’t know how much lighter they can make the bails.”


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