Third umpire is nothing but the TV umpire who refers the video replays of the incidents to be reviewed & gives the correct decision as per the replay. Third umpire will be consulted by the on-field umpire in the case of any doubt regarding the decision, such as runouts, most of the runouts cannot be judged directly, so to get the accurate decision, on-field umpire will consult the third-umpire.
Third umpire concept was introduced by former Srilankan domestic cricketer & cricket writer Mahinda Wijesinghe, and third umpire concept was introduced in a test match in 1992, the first batsman who got out by a third umpire decision was Sachin Tendulkar.
Third umpire duties:
- To give accurate decisions for run-outs, which cannot be decided in real time.
- To give accurate decisions for stumpings.
- When a batsman is out, third umpire will check if the ball is legal delivery or a no-ball.
- To check if the catches are cleanly taken or grounded by checking different video angles.
- To check if the fielder touched the boundary rope while saving a boundary for his team by checking different video angles.