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Technology's role in cricket today

 
On track Various technological tools are enhancing the game
 Gp Sampath Kumar 
G_P_Sampath Kumar

On track Various technological tools are enhancing the game Gp Sampath Kumar G_P_Sampath Kumar

With three cameras tracking the cricket ball at all times, the recent ‘ball fixing’ by the Australians came as a bit of a surprise. Technology has seamlessly come into this game that involves the future of individual players, teams and the sport itself. “It has become a tool to get the best out of the players. I think it helps in enjoying a sport more,” says S Ramakrishnan, CEO of SportsMechanics, based in Chennai. His company is engaged in providing technological support in various sports disciplines, ranging from data management to coaching tools. Thanks to technology, the fan is the ultimate winner because cricket is being sold as an attractive package. Ramakrishnan lists five areas in cricket where technology has played a major role.

On track  Various technological tools are enhancing the game

On track Various technological tools are enhancing the game

Monitoring assistance

Fans all over the country can follow matches online. It has increased the fan base for domestic cricket. Instead of the fan chasing the information, it is the other way around now. Players’ registration has been revolutionised, with software that registers the technical details of each player. “Today, I can tell we have 31 Chinaman bowlers. If you need a replacement, I have them ready. It has helped in talent monitoring in a big way,” says Ramakrishnan.

HYDERABAD, TELANGANA, 12-04-2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad supporters at the Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 Championship 2018 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Photo: K.V.S. Giri

HYDERABAD, TELANGANA, 12-04-2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad supporters at the Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 Championship 2018 cricket match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Photo: K.V.S. Giri

Competition management

Organisers can bank on technology when drawing up fixtures for the season. It reduces fatigue and also the travel cost. The broadcasters prefer this technological help around the world. It helps in removing the bias of scheduling home and away matches. Cricket is driven by statistics and the job of the scorer has become an enjoyable exercise. Electronic scoring means the score sheet can’t be manipulated.

Coaching

From naked-eye coaching, now data-driven and visual training has been welcomed all over. Sensors placed in the bat give an indication of the ball hitting the middle of the bat and the edges. Earlier, videos were used for coaching analysis. From VHS tapes, which would take 10 hours to view, it has now come down to a 10-minute process. “I can get the data on the mobile and suggest corrective measures. I don’t have to travel to watch the game,” he says. Ten million kids play cricket and we don’t have that many coaches. Technology also helps in having standardised coaching because the lessons are shared through an app.

 

Viewing

There are 34 cameras on the field to capture every moment of the game. They have enhanced the game-watching experience, since fans get a bird’s eye view of the contest. The stump mike adds to the thrill with access to the banter in the middle. The experience is thrilling, with instant replays giving an insight into the finer points of the game. The spider camera gives a fascinating view of the field placements too. On television, the second screen option allows you to watch two different events. The recent Australia-South Africa match saw broadcasters using some phenomenal angles to make cricket-watching a thrilling experience.

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Decision accuracy in umpiring

Hawk-Eye technology helps in tracking the ball. The third umpire gets to use this tech and the accurate pitch map helps in taking a near-perfect decision. The point of impact, bounce of the ball, swing and turn, the length of the ball. Decision-making has become almost error-free with the umpires relying on the technology to come to a conclusion. Camera work from different angles allows a minute scrutiny of the ball.


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