Cricket is arguably one of the most famous sports in the world that makes regular use of technology during play. There is no other sport that has adopted technology in the way that cricket has. Technology is used in a mixture of different ways in cricket and some of these are explained in more detail below.

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This technology enables umpires and commentators to discuss whether the ball has been hit by the bat. When the ball has been hit a small volume of heat is produced and this can be viewed on the bat when you utilize infra-red cameras. Infra-red cameras are placed at each end of the ground and this enables the technology to be adopted to see what contact the ball has made with a number of covers including the bat and the ground. It can also be utilized to determine whether the ball has struck a player’s pad or glove.

Ultracam and StarCam360:

It was practiced during the Champions Trophy in 2013.UltraCam presented viewers with super-slow, sharper and nuanced representation. StarCam 360 gave viewers with never-seen-before 360-degree camera angles and panoramic landscapes of key match moments.

LED stumps and bails:

LED bails and stumps recognizes the slightest movement of the stumps and makes them light up. The identical thing occurs with bails. That way, you’ll be able to understand if this has occurred immediately. After all, it’s frequently hard to determine whether any small movement has happened from a distance otherwise. A disadvantage is that they are heavier and do not come off smoothly.

Technology to measure ball speed:

Measuring the speed of the bowl by radar is alike in measuring the speed of the traveling car. This gun consists of both a receiver and a transmitter. The style it works is that it transmits a radio wave that is returned by any object that is in the path. In this case, it is a cricket ball. The gun gets this echo and then by using the principle of Doppler Shift, estimates the speed of the ball.

Ball Spin RPM:

Starting during the TV coverage by Sky sports for the 2013 Ashes series, they were capable to show an RPM (revolutions per minute) counter, revealing how fast the ball was spinning after release. (1)

Umpires Light Meter:

The Megatron Umpires Lightmeter (ULM) is a small accurate digital instrument basically designed to show lighting levels on the cricket field. The reading can be taken right or using the HOLD position on the ON/OFF switch. “Bad light” is normally offered to the batsman at a figure of about 3.5.

Umpire cam:

The #umpire cam was launched in the IPL of 2014, wherein on-field umpires had a GoPro camera on the peak of their caps. These cameras actually add a new dimension to the way we view the action on the pitch. (2)

The sensor technology powering smart cricket bat:

Bats holding BatSense technology were practiced in fan zones at the Oval, London, and Edgbaston, Birmingham, during the Champions Trophy. Fans could wear a headset and face virtual-reality bowlers.

Six things the smart bat measures:

  • Time to change- Elapsed time within back-lift and the ball contact point.
  • Support through angle- Angle of the bat from vertical to the bottom point or course change after impact.
  • Bat speed at contact- The speed of the bat at the point of impact with the ball.
  • Back lift angle- Angle of the bat from upward to the rest point on the backswing.
  • Max bat speed- Maximum bat speed within the swing between backlift and watch through.
  • Impact angle- Bat outside vertical angle during contact with the ball. (3)

Technology going to be practiced in #ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:

The biggest display in cricket is all about to start today in England. The first match of the tournament will be between the host country England and South Africa.

In the modern era of the sport, technology has begun playing a crucial role. From football to cricket, from tennis to formula one – technology is being applied in each and every sport.

Let us have a glance at some of the technologies that will be beneficial in the upcoming #ICC Cricket World Cup:

Spidercam:

The #spidercam will be applied first time in the #ICC Cricket World Cup. According to Wikipedia, the Spidercam, “is a system which allows film and television cameras to travel both vertically and horizontally over a planned area, typically the active field of a sporting event such as a cricket pitch, tennis court, or football field.” Spidercam, which is connected from a tangle of wires, pulleys and cables from stadium rooftops and it assists in offering a bird’s eye view of the action.

Tracker Device:

Team India is dressing all high tech and will be wearing a high-resolution unit under their vests during the upcoming #ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, which will be utilized to watch their movements on the field and keep track of their workload during the match. The material is being provided by UK-based company STATSports, which declared the deal after the agreement signing between them and the BCCI.

DRS:

The Umpire Decision Review System (#DRS) is a system used to help the umpires with their decision-making. On-field umpires can get help from the third umpire after the players’ request. The components that are used are television replays, a technology that traces the path of the ball (which is effective in LBW), microphones that can recognize sounds (benefits to catch a small cut from the bat or pad). (4)

Hawkeye:

#Hawk-Eye has been used by host broadcasters at number Test, Twenty20  and ODI matches around the world since 2001 and in 2008 was accepted for use by the ICC. Hawk-Eye is a computer system employed in numerous sports to visually follow the trajectory of the ball and present a profile of its statistically most likely path as a moving image.

Snickometer:

A #Snickometer is also known as Snicko. This technology is used to graphically examine sound and video. It assists to show whether there was a granular noise or snick that befell as the ball passes bat. Snicko is manufactured of a very sensitive microphone placed in one of the stumps at keeper end. It is attached to an Oscilloscope that traces and estimates the frequency, wavelength of sound waves and distortion.

All of the three technologies join to create a fixed decision reviewal system, and at the #ICC World Cup 2019, all three will be an action to assure that there are no opposed decisions interrupting the play. (5)