David Warner to use a special bat to counter bowlers in World Cup 2019

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ICC World Cup 2019 | David Warner uses ‘bat sensor’ to counter bowlers

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06/09/2019

David Warner is reportedly using a ‘bat sensor’ to have an edge over the various opposition bowlers. The sensor is a device on the bat which stores important data like the back lift angle and the maximum bat speed, and its use was allowed by the ICC (International Cricket Council) in 2017 itself.

The bat sensor has been approved by the ICC for nearly three years now but none of the teams barring Australia have put it to use. ‘Smart Cricket’, a Bengaluru based company, had introduced its own version of the sensor device called ‘Bat Sense’ which is being used by David Warner, reported PTI.

The sensor sits atop the handle of the bat and sends the generated data to a mobile app through cloud storage. For example, the optimum bat speed to counter Jasprit Bumrah’s yorker is 70-75 kmph but the Australian opener is trying to achieve speeds of 85 to 90 kmph.

Another interesting set of data is about the angle of backlift required for each bowler. Bumrah is a slinger and the angle of backlift for him is around 120-125 degrees with the bat coming down from the first slip. However, the backlift needs to be in the line of the wicket-keeper for someone with a traditional bowling action like that of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. For a spinner, the angle changes vary from 160 to 175 degrees.

Australia will take on India at The Oval today and the sensor might as well serve as a handy tool for the southpaw. Nevertheless, none of the Indian players have made use of the technology. 

Deep Dasgupta, who is associated with the project, has supported the use of the sensor.

“Earlier, the coaches would depend on their natural instinct about angle of backlift or bat speed or the distance between the bat and body. I believe if accurate data can help coaches in guiding their players, then why not,” he said.

The former India wicket-keeper further explained that the technology is at its early stage and things will improve as more and more players make use of it.

“The data that will be available is of primary nature. Once a large chunk of data is collected across a cross section of players, it can be suitably processed by the coaches. Then players can accordingly change their game as per the available data,” added the 42-year-old.

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