The data, which is used in statistics-driven cricket to help with strategy and player selection, should stimulate good competition, said legendary Indian batsman Rahul Dravid.
“Cricket has always been statistically managed like baseball, but over the last 15 years we have exceeded the comparison of averages and now use data to help in strategy and player selection,” Dravid said during a panel discussion at the 15th conference. MIT Sloan Sports Analytics.
The first panel discussion on cricket at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conference, entitled “Howzdata – How Analytics is Revolutionizing Cricket”, focused on how data analysis and machine learning help make progress in the game.
Former South African batsman and former Indian coach Gary Kirsten and former England women’s team player and current commentator Isa Guha were part of the discussion.
Topics range from how the data helps players train and stay in shape, to how the 4s and 6s scores have changed the team’s decisions, similar to the 3-point basketball revolution, the media said in a statement.
The panel highlighted how cricketers use a match to hit fours and sixes to win more T20 matches.
“The days are not far off when people will refuse a single because the match suits them so they can hit a six in both or three balls,” Dravid said on Thursday.
While assessing the role of analysis, the panel recommended the use of relevant data to improve performance and stimulate good competition.
“The data should lead to a good competition between bat and cricket ball, not just to hit fours and sixes,” said the former Indian captain.
Guha commented on how the T20 format has turned every ball into an event. She stressed that younger players now have better access to technology to help them look for the profile and strategies of opposition players to counter them.
As a television operator, Guha believes that pre-match and post-match presentation levels are as good as what teams use to prepare for the day of the game.
Kirsten spoke about how data is just a factor and said that final decisions still have an element of uncertainty, just like the unpredictable nature of the sport.