WPL 2023: Jemimah Rodrigues first used the new rule against RCB

Delhi Capitals batsman Jemimah Rodrigues was the first to use the new rule against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Women’s Premier League. In WPL and IPL players can use DRS for wide and as well as no ball.

Delhi Capitals batsman Jemimah Rodrigues demands DRS for above waist no-ball against RCB. This incident happened in the last over of the innings of Delhi Capitals. Jemima tries to play a shot down the leg side off Megan Schutt. It was a full toss ball, well above the batsman’s waist. The on-field umpire did not give a no-ball to a ball higher than the waist.

Jemima challenged the umpire’s decision and asked the third umpire to check it. DRS used the ball tracker to see how high the ball had gone. The umpire wanted to see what was the height of Jemima when the ball went to her. Was the ball hitting the stumps or not? According to ball tracker data, the ball was coming down fast and was below Jemima’s waist.

The new rule of review against no ball was widely praised on social media. The technological progress of Indian cricket is being praised a lot. It is worth mentioning that in the 2022 season, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant had indicated to call his team out of the field when the on-field umpire did not give a waist-high ball in favor of batsman Rovman Powell.

As per the constitution of WPL, players are allowed to challenge wides and no balls using DRS. Let us tell you that in the opening match of the tournament, Harmanpreet Kaur changed the decision of wide ball using DRS. Delhi Capitals scored 223 runs against RCB in 20 overs losing two wickets and won the match by 60 runs. RCB team could score 163 runs losing 8 wickets in 20 overs.