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Take A Look At The Cricket-Related Technology Advances Now Underway!

Take A Look At The Cricket-Related Technology Advances Now Underway!

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Tech innovation and cricket are inextricably linked. Over the years, the sport has progressed in terms of technical ability. As time and decades have passed in cricket’s illustrious history, new innovations have emerged.

The first radio broadcast of a cricket game took place in Australia in 1922, and it was the first of its kind. The first live broadcast of a match occurred in 1938. After that point, the matches were included ball-by-by-ball, down to the smallest detail. 

The technology improved slowly but gradually as the game grew and advanced. As the number of games broadcast increased, so did the amount of radio commentary. One by one, such innovations and technical advancements got incorporated into the game to make the matches smoother and hassle-free.

What impact has technology had on cricket?

As a result of the high stakes involved in cricket and betting on cricket matches, technology has played an important part in keeping cricket a popular spectator sport around the world. The game has altered dramatically with each technical upgrade and implementation of new technologies.

  • These alterations have kept gamers interested in the game while also simplifying their own lives.
  • They’ve made it simpler for teams to get ready for games and for coaches to devise plans.

Here we’ll examine all the ways in which new technology has played a role and revolutionised the game of cricket.

System for Reviewing Decisions (DRS)

It was only possible because of the use of technology in cricket that we now have a review method called the DRS or decision review system. This was due to umpires making incorrect judgements. When a team believed the umpire made an incorrect judgement, they could appeal it on the cricket field. The verdict was then sent to the third umpire for review. The judgement was then investigated by the third umpire, who used various technologies to review it. They used to examine on-field decisions using a variety of camerawork and other technologies.

Hotspot 

Hotspot is another example of a technological use in cricket. It’s a ball-tracking technology used in cricket that uses infrared (IR) camera equipment to detect thermal signatures generated by ball impact.

  • It is used to decide whether or not to dismiss a batsman.
  • If the ball strikes the player, it can detect whether the player, their equipment, or the field was struck by the ball.

Snickometer

Sometimes, it’s unclear if the ball struck the bat or the batsman’s gear. The Snickometer determines if there’s been a snick via graphically evaluating video and audio during a cricket match. You can often hear a satisfying snick when the leather ball and bat make contact. The recorded audio shows this in the soundwaves.

SpiderCam

With the use of a winch and rope system, this floating camera may move horizontally to capture the sorrow of a dismissed batter, or winched up high for a sweeping perspective of the whole play. The technology allows umpires to examine the game from multiple perspectives to ensure that they are making the best judgement possible, especially in the instance of a run out.

Cameras that fly

The ICC Men’s World Cup 2019 utilised drone cameras made by the firm Batcam. In order to get a good picture of the ground, they employed cameras with a 360-degree field of view. The camera was operated remotely and has automated collision avoidance technologies installed.

Hawkeye

It was initially used by Channel 4 in 2001 during an England-Pakistan Test match at Lord’s, largely to follow the trajectories of balls in air. 6 cameras are positioned throughout the stadium to follow the ball’s journey. These cameras’ video is then triangulated and utilised to produce a 3D picture.

Smart Bails

In 2013, a firm named Zing Bails introduced LED bails to cricket. The idea was to have the bails light after they were properly removed from the stumps. Microprocessors included within the bails monitor whether or not the stumps and bails are in touch. A low-voltage battery powers the bails, which light up in less than 1/1000th of a second.

Analysis of Power Shots

Using Spektacom’s PowerBat technology, batters get immediate feedback on their performance, such as bat speed, ball placement on the bat at contact, bat twist, launch angle, and the amount of power behind each swing. 

For this, sensors positioned behind the bat employ ultra-lightweight, inconspicuous ML algorithms to estimate batting parameters in real-time, which are subsequently shared for transmission.

Final thoughts

As has been stated countless times, technological advancements and innovations have no bounds. They will increase in number with every passing day, and the majority of these will settle down and not be limited to a particular industry or field.

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