10 things you must know about the LED stumps and bails in T20 cricket

You must be wondering “why do the stumps and bails light up the moment they are knocked down?” The moment the ball hits the stumps or the wicketkeeper knocks them they go red. It is the use of LED technology in the field of cricket.

The brainchild behind this new innovation is Bronte EcKermann. The system costs approximately 25 Lakhs, which makes it a very costly fair. This is the reason the uprooting of the stumps after the victory isn’t permitted. But as you know Captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, loves to take a stump back to pavilion on the victory days. Hence, keeping this in mind, Bronte plans to have a talk with Dhoni the moment India reaches the finals.

As an audience, we so want to see the stumps and bails glow when our opponents play so that we stay glued to the television. However, there are certain things you must know about the LED stumps and bails:

  • Bronte EcKermann is the pioneer of the LED stumps and bails. The Australian mechanical industrial designer and a manufacturer company called Zing International have created the fabulous system called “Zing Wicket System.”
  • The system was first tried in Adelaide instead of the old wooden stumps. The use of the new system in the night matches proved convincing then and it was decided to be used in the 2012 Big Bash League in Australia.
  • The system was introduced into the international matches only after an intense research.
  • To make the umpires decisions easier, the LED bails proved handy. The decision of confirming when the bails are dislodged from the groove of the stumps is quite difficult from far. Here, is where the LED technology comes into play.
  • Low batteries are introduced into the stumps and bails along with the microprocessor, which helps take the decisions correctly when both the spigots are dislodged from the grooves of the stumps.

  • The LED’s are inbuilt in the wicket system. The bails also have inbuilt sensors that can detect when the wicket is broken in just 1/1000th of a second.
  • They are made up of plastic and LED glimmers.
  • The moment the bails are dislodged from the stumps they go red. The flashing of the lights helps the umpire take a decision at the time of run-outs and close stumpings.

Thus, taste victory at every glow.

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