February 8, 2010

Hawk-Eye at your fingertips

Hawk-Eye, the ball-tracking technology that ensured that umpiring in cricket matches was never the same, has now been fully integrated into our live match coverage
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You have seen it all on television, and it's likely that you would have caught it on Cricinfo during the Champions Trophy. But here's the real deal: Hawk-Eye, the ball-tracking technology that ensured that umpiring in cricket matches was never the same, has now been fully integrated into our live match coverage.

And there is one thing we can offer you that television doesn't. The internet advantage makes you the master. All the graphics that the television producers showed you are now at your disposal. Now create those pitch maps, beehives and wagonwheels at your will and at your leisure.

But before you start exploring, here are some useful tips from S Rajesh, our stats editor, who's having some fun himself.

The Pitch Map - Shows where the ball has pitched, and moving the mouse over each ball gives more details - over number, batsman, bowler, runs scored; clicking on the ball gives the trajectory of that ball.

Ball speeds - Shows the speed for each ball bowled by every bowler, with a marker to indicate the ball in which a wicket fell. Moving the mouse over the graph for the bowler shows the over of the innings, the batsman on strike, and the runs scored off that ball. You can also click on it to see the trajectory of the ball.

Beehive - Shows where the ball has passed the batsman. Again, can be drilled down to each ball, with a click showing the trajectory of that ball.

Variable bounce - A graphic which differentiates, by colour code, the balls which would have hit the stumps from those which would have gone over the stumps. A pitch with variable bounce would show balls in the same area having different colour codes.

Wagon wheel - A stroke by stroke account of runs scored, with an option to see the trajectory of each ball.

Partnership - The total partnership for each wicket, and the contribution by each player.

Run rate - Line graph for run rates of each team, with details of runs scored in each over.

And so if you want to find out just why Dale Steyn was so deadly today, first look for the pitch map, and then his beehive.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • fanedlive on February 23, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    hawk-eye is revolutionary to the game but i must be worried if i were an umpire, it seems like hawk-eye is there to expose how inaccurate an umpoirer can be.

  • fanedlive on February 11, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    great stuff. Just in terms of the ball by ball commentary, I love the addition of 'wickets' so one does not have to scroll all through the commentary to find what happened. Equally useful would be the addition of "chances" a summary of these and description would be great. Then we (the reader) can get a better feel for the teams performance and the "if onlys..."

  • fanedlive on February 10, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Hashim Amla you played a wonderful inning and your contribution palyed a big role in defeating India by inning and 6 run - keep up the good work "Insha Allah"

  • fanedlive on February 10, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    One more request. In live commentry, now we can see even the speed, it will good if it is provided as a link and a click on the same will display the ball trajectory animation in Haw Eye. Yesterday i really struggled to find trajectory of the ball 54.3 & 54.6 where Sach was beaten in so many Dots.... :(

  • fanedlive on February 10, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    The new featue is truely amazing. :) Loved it. There is one suggestion for the Win Likelyhood graph. The x Axis "Match Progress" can be divided into Days and session as its unit. This will be more informative (in presentation terms) about the swing about the match.

    Good work Cricinfo team !!!!!!

  • fanedlive on February 9, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Brilliant, love it. Also like the win likelihood - how is that calculated?

  • fanedlive on February 9, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    This is good news to cricket followers who want more detail and analysis and also the opportunity to undertake this themselves.

  • fanedlive on February 9, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Brilliant; Cricinfo just continues to get better...

  • fanedlive on February 9, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    good

  • fanedlive on February 9, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    I love the hawkeye, really puts you in the action

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