In 1982, cricket was declared to be a scientifically impossible game. More precisely, for the batsmen.
If you have no idea about what we are talking about here, we don’t blame you.
The basic premise is that the batsmen, when they play absolute fast bowlers, batsmen simply do not have enough time to see the ball at that speed and react accurately.
To establish this theory, they tried a little test in the nets. According to the video, it takes 1/5th of a second for any human being to see what’s happening and work his muscle.
In that amount of time, the ball travels 20 ft or 1/3rd of the pitch and it moves from there. So the batsman doesn’t simply have enough time to react. According to the video, ‘last-minute adjustments are just not possible’.
When an expert was asked about great batsmen having better reflexes, he said:
As far as we can see, the speed of their visual reactions and the way they use that information is exactly the same as a normal person… Now, having got that information, they do the right thing.
And when he was asked about how he could explain the way batsmen bat, he said:
I can’t. It just seems rather mystical to me.
Well, this test was based on the idea that all batsmen predetermine the shots they are about to play as there is simply no time to react to a ball that fast.
Although if you believe former cricketer English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, it’s all ‘rubbish’.
Any batsman who has played fast bowling at the highest level will tell you that you can’t predetermine anything or you’re likely to get a smack in the teeth.
You can watch the video here:
#OnThisDay 1982: Cricket was declared to be scientifically impossible. pic.twitter.com/DOpYRMDAnm— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) June 9, 2019
So, I’m just gonna let you all decide this.