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Here Comes The First Third Umpire!

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Cricket has become one of the most favorite sports all over the world, from the beginning of test cricket in 1877 to the accidental addition of ODI. In earlier times cricket was played only in countries like England and Australia. But with time as cricket become more popular, its empire spread in other parts of the world. With the first third umpire being used in a match, cricket has reached new levels.

“The addition of the third umpire with the advancement in technology is none other than a new feather to the crown of cricket. Ever wondered how did the concept of the third umpire develop?”

Introducing The Third Umpire

The First Use Of Third Umpire

Third Umpire is an off-field Umpire, which is an important part of every international match. In an international match, an on-field umpire can refer a particularly close call to third umpire using a radio link. It generally uses the TV replays to take a proper decision. It is generally appointed from the Panel of all the ICC umpires for Test matches, ODIs, and T20Is. For Test matches and ODIs it is appointed by ICC and in T20s, it is appointed by Home side’s Governing body.

The third umpire concept was first proposed by former Sri Lankan domestic player Mahinda Wijesinghe and it was well supported by CSA(Cricket South Africa) and ECB(England cricket board). It was first introduced in Test cricket between South Africa and India. This match was held at Kingsmead, Durban in November 1992. Karl Liebenberg was the first third umpire with onfield umpire Cyril Mitchley.

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A Spectacular Upgrade!

What A Majestic Scene To Witness!

Guess who was the first cricketer to go out while using the third umpire for the first time? It was none other than the little master, Sachin Tendulkar!

The great Sachin Tendulkar was the first player in the history of cricket, who was declared run out by using Television replays. This happened on the second day of the test match. It was a historical match and also South Africa’s first Home Test since 1970.

Billy Bowden
Billy Bowden

In the presence of around 30, 000 spectators, Sachin Tendulkar changed his mind about taking a single. He was coming back to his crease when Johnty Rhodes threw the ball to Hudson. Hudson stuck the ball to the wicket. After a little pause, the square-leg umpire, Cyril Mitchley signaled for the third umpire. Karl Liebenberg to take the final decision by using TV replays. After 30 seconds, the green light blinked and Sachin Tendulkar was declared “Out”.

Finally, the match ended in a draw. It will always be remembered in the history of cricket when technology became another important aspect of cricket.

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