VR meets cricket

01st April 2019
 VR meets cricket

The biggest development in e-sports or virtual sports in 2019 has been the canny fusion of Virtual Reality  and cricket. 
By Anand Parthasarathy
Mumbai/ Pune: April 1 2019: Last month, Pune-based JetSynthesys  partnered the Master Blaster to launch  Sachin  Saga VR,  a multiplayer virtual reality cricket game using a supplied VR headset , a Bluetooth controller and a bundle of compatible apps.  The wearer  can slip into Sachin's persona, as he plays 28 cricketing shots --   during 100 cricket matches  in real world stadia.... or  you can play your own game against  the world's best bowlers.  The entire kit with the  app downloadable at vr.sachinsaga.com  costs Rs 1999.
Arcade cricket
Taking VR in another direction,  engineering grads  Sama Vasantha Sai  of IIIT Hyderabad   and Kothinti Trivikrama Reddy, IIT Delhi  cofounded  iB Cricket, a  Hyderabad-based startup which in a very short time has  found franchisees in over a dozen Indian cities -- as well as setting up offices  in Dubai, Australia, London and Singapore to create real-life arcades, where customers can  put on a VR headset,  pick up a special instrumented bat and transport themselves to   the middle of a crowded stadium of cheering  fans as they take on the world's best bowling. 
Added realism is achieved by   including the voice of Harsha Bhogle and other commentators.  iB Cricket also runs its own Super Over league with  four teams headed by the likes of VVS Laxman and Virendra Sehwag,  whose matches can be viewed onYouTube and other  online sports sites