What we rant about when we rant about umpiring

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What we rant about when we rant about umpiring

In the latest episode of the podcast we chat about the challenge of being a modern umpire – and how excess scrutiny and knee-jerk reactions from pundits have combined to create a toxic environment.

Talking Points:

  • The challenge for modern umpires – with ball-by-ball social media scrutiny
  • How TV replays can fool us into thinking that umpiring is an easy task
  • Has DRS accelerated the erosion of the umpire’s authority?
  • The frequent grumbling around the soft-signal  – is it even needed?
  • The issue with Sachin Tendulkar’s reservation about umpire’s call
  • The value of umpiring judgement, and why the on-field umpire’s decision is vital
  • Ben Stokes’ misunderstanding of the soft-signal
  • Do umpires’ performance change based on the match situation?
  • Will cricket go the way of American football with video replays?


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview) | Cricketingview Substack

Ashoka (@ABVan)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)


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  • Why Does The Umpire Get To Decide? – Kartikeya Date – Cricketingview
  • Television killed the umpiring star – Kartikeya Date – The Cricket Monthly
  • On Umpire’s Call – Kartikeya Date – Cricketingview
  • The new lbw rule in DRS – Kartikeya Date – Cricketingview
  • A Conversation with Warren Brennan About Hotspot, RTS and other Technology in Cricket – Cricketingview podcast
  • The DRS and Technology in Cricket – Channel 7 video
  • Accepting the umpire’s decision has become a date concept – Gideon Haigh – Twitter
  • Simon Taufel podcast – Subash Jayaraman – Couchtalk


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