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7 game-changing tech of Cricket World Cup 2015

7 game-changing tech of Cricket World Cup 2015
In a closely-contested cricket World Cup, any wrong decision by the umpire can turn an entire nation against him. But when in doubt, the game places its trust in technology.

After India's Rohit Sharma was awarded a ‘not out’ from a suspected no ball from Bangladesh's Rubel Hossain in the quarter final, critics used technology to point out the fallacy of that decision.

Here's looking at a slew of tech advances that have made cricket all the more worth watching:

1. LED stumps and bails

March 27,2015
LED stumps and bails
Stump cameras are passe. LED stumps are the latest additions to the game.

The LED light flashes only when the bail is completely dislodged from the stumps which means the third umpire can get a clear view whether the bails are dislodged completely or not while making a decision.

2. Real-time Snicko

March 27,2015
Real-time Snicko
Commonly known as Snicko, this is used in televised cricket to graphically analyse sound and video as a ball passes a bat.

In use in various forms since 2008, it is one of the trusted go to technologies in the Decision Review System (DRS) in world cricket today.

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3. Hawkeye ball-tracking

March 27,2015
Hawkeye ball-tracking
Six strategically placed cameras around the field track the path of the ball from the time it is released from the bowler's hand till it comes to a standstill.

A computer then turns the images of the camera into a 3D image in a virtual cricket pitch, taking into account the speed, the bounce and the swing of the ball.

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4. PitchVision

March 27,2015
If you have seen television analysis pinpointing where each delivery landed on the pitch or your favourite batsman's performance on deliveries with different pace, line and length, thank PitchVision. It helps bowlers and batsmen statistically break down their performances.

For the first time in ICC World Cup, the LED stumps were introduced in the game.

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5. Spidercam

March 27,2015
This is a new toy that cricket broadcasters set up for a bird's eye view of the game.

It enables a camera to move both horizontally and vertically over its flying area connected by cables, along the cricket pitch and the ground.

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6. Ball Spin RPM

March 27,2015
Ball Spin RPM
The Ball Spin RPM ( Revolution Per Minute) demonstrates how fast a ball is spinning after it is released from the hand of a spin bowler.

The result: We almost instantaneously get the rotational speed of ball on the TV screen.

7. Hot Spot

March 27,2015
Hot Spot
Hot Spot is an imaging system used to determine whether the ball has struck the batsman, bat or the pad.

It uses two infra-red cameras at the opposite ends of the field through which it catches the image of the ball hitting bat or pad by means of the elevated temperature at the environment.

Hot Spot was ruled out from World Cup 2 015 due to the cost and difficulty of getting the required equipment to all venues across the two host countries.

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