We just witnessed India’s yet another historic victory over Pakistan during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, and the entire nation went crazy in excitement. Well, in a country like India where cricket is not just a game, but as religion, several things are done to make the on-screen action for the fans more pleasurable. And that’s what ICC did this time.
After the drone cameras, glowing stumps and slow-motion replays, International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced bat sensors as their latest innovation in the ongoing tournament. And here’s everything you want to know about the new technology –
The bat sensors, which are placed on the top of the bats, are designed by technology giant Intel. They will give us the precise details about a player’s bat speed and the angle of back lift. This has been done to provide this information to the TV viewers. Talking about the technology, former England Captain-turned-broadcaster Naseer Hussain said –
‘How many times have we spoken about people having ‘fast hands’ or ‘great bat speed’? “But what does that mean? We’ve never quantified it… When I first played for England, I had never really seen myself on television. I remember playing in Jamaica, getting out and walking through the hotel lobby and Geoffrey Boycott shouting at me ‘Hussain, you’ll never get any runs with that open bat face’. Something like this can show you the exact angle of your bat.’
In this tournament, five players from each team are expected to use this technology while playing. England all-rounder Ben Stokes and Alex Hales and India’s Ravi Ashwin and Rohit Sharma have agreed to use the bat sensors.
So, what do you think about these bat sensors, ehh?