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The Field: Decision Review System and the Dressing Room Intervention
Technology has undoubtedly embraced almost all domains of human life and sport as a human activity is of no exception to that fact. A recent controversy emerged during second test in the ongoing India-Australia test match series-2017 about the on-field behavior of the Australian captain Steve Smith gives us an opportunity to understand some of the ways in which the game of cricket evolved after the introduction of DRS technology.  Such technologies which Emily Ryall (2016) calls as adjudication technologies in sports has remarkably changed sporting activities in various respects.  Many of the sport administrative bodies have had reservations about the implementation of such technologies in elite sports. In cricket, there are two kinds of DRS are available at present; Umpire Decision Review System (URDS) and Player Review System (PRS). In the first, the umpire can take the help of a technologically aided TV umpires hel…
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The Strange Reversal of  Commentary Box Norms in Indian Cricket


The players play the game whereas the commentators 'speak' the game. This would be a simple definition of a commentator in sports. While speaking the game, s/he analyzes, interprets, and gives a little sports history and so on to the viewers. Moreover, the  commentators  have a major role in making each and every moment of the game thrilling and attractive. The presence of commentators especially in the era of live-telecast is a necessity. Along with the fabulous performance of the star players, the commentators also have done a remarkable job in making different kinds of sports popular. The case of cricket in India after the live telecast revolution is no different either.
What exactly do the commentators do in the commentary- box in the live telecast of a cricket match? They provide the 'dialogic-punch' for an otherwise visual-alone stream of events on the screen. The situation could be compared to that o…