Team India gets hi-tech training

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

During the recent training camp in Bangalore, the Indian cricket team used the Microsoft XP Media Centre Edition to help players improve their game.

Team India gets hi-tech training

Bangalore:

During the recent training camp in Bangalore, the Indian cricket team used the Microsoft XP Media Centre Edition to help players improve their game.Every cricketer would like to get a good look at the way they are batting and bowling even while they practice a€" and an instant replay would be hugely helpful. This is where the software comes into play. A camera mounted on the middle stump sends back images to a laptop monitor where the live video could be instantly replayed, slowed or frozen to help the players watch their performance instantly.Visual feedbackExperts say this helps enhance the levels of feedback to the players, since the retention level of visual feedback is much higher than just vocal feedback."The transition process is much, much faster. Practice becomes much more meaningful when you actually see what you are doing. And when you provide rapid feedback it becomes much, much better for the players," said S Ramakrishnan, Computer Analyst, Indian Cricket Team.So instead of the coach talking to the player at the end of net practice and hoping the player has taken in what he said a€" they both can actually watch successive deliveries or strokes and see if there has been any change a€" right in the middle of the practice session. "This is the first time any cricketing nation is using this kind of software. We tried it out and it was very successful and all the players were thrilled at having such a feedback mechanism," added Ramakrishnan.Computers are no strangers to cricket, particularly in the 21st century. But where this software is different is that it allows players to look immediately at the way they have bowled or batted and helps make analysis faster. And right now, Indian cricket can do with all the help it can get.



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