Teenage Sachin was TV’s first ever victim

2013-11-14 00:00

SACHIN Tendulkar said had there not been a third umpire he probably would have survived the day in 1992 when he became the first victim of a TV decision.

Tendulkar was still a teenager when he became the first batsman to be sent to the pavilion after a TV decision during the historic first Test in South Africa at Kingsmead in 1992.

Jonty Rhodes — fielding at point — threw the ball to Andrew Hudson who ran Tendulkar out after he had been sent back by his batting partner when he set off for a single.

South African official Cyril Mitchley became the first umpire to signal with his hands the imaginary square that became the now well-known sign calling for a TV replay.

Tendulkar was given run-out for 11 runs in India’s first and only innings during the drawn Test match.

“I had sprained my ankle quite seriously during a warm-up game at Centurion and there had been doubt whether I would have played in the first Test match,” said Tendulkar.

Many felt he would not be fit for the first Test.

“I was however intent on playing and said I would field in the slips.”

He was under the impression that the ball he had hit would pass Rhodes at point and that a single was possible.

He immediately set off down the wicket.

“In one way or another Jonty succeeded — as he usually did — to get to the ball.”

Tendulkar said he was out of his batting crease by about five centimetres. He is convinced that the umpire would not have given him out and that he would have survived had there not been a third umpire.

In an earlier interview Mitchley agreed that it had been very close.

“If I had to take the decision on my own, I would probably have to guess.”

Technology has expanded over the past few years — yet India still refuses to accept the referral system.

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