Anil Kumble brings an intelligent edge to batting

15th November 2020
Anil Kumble brings an intelligent edge to batting

Sports technology developer Spektacom, founded by cricket hall-of-famer Anil Kumble, is designing technology that enhances the fan experience and empowers athletes to play better and smarter.
November 15 2020: As a young boy in India, Anil Kumble dreamed of playing cricket professionally. Through hard work and countless hours spent studying the game, he not only achieved that dream, but also went on to have a storied international career spanning 18 years.
Today, he’s turned his attention to building technology that will help some of the hundreds of millions of cricketers around the globe improve their performance and give their billions of fans a new way to engage with the sport they love.
It all started with a simple question: What makes the perfect shot? Spektacom, a sports technology company founded by Anil, is partnering with Microsoft to help cricketers, coaches, commentators, and even fans find the answer through real-time data in every swing.
Spektacom has created an ultra lightweight credit card-sized sensor that seamlessly and unobtrusively adheres to the back of a cricket bat—transforming it into what Anil describes as the “PowerBat.” The sensor captures a number of data points, without the batsman noticing any difference. Then, using a “stump box” positioned behind the wicket and equipped with Azure Sphere, it securely uploads the data to Microsoft Azure. Artificial Intelligence (AI) then helps the batsman understand the quality of the shot—that is, how far the impact was from the bat’s sweet spot—as well as the speed of the bat, the twist of the bat, and the power of the shot.
All this information can be analyzed in real time across different platforms, both desktop and mobile, to give the “Spek” score of that shot for player and coaches. To stimulate and enhance fan engagement, Spektacom has joined forces with Star TV, the leading cricket broadcaster in India and Spektacom’s broadcast development partner, to provide live statistics and insights straight off the oval in recent cricket series.
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Batting Power Play: the Kumble-Microsoft mix. Anand Parthasarathy in Deccan Chronicle

Data is leading a transformation in sports like no other time in history, presenting a new fusion of information and human achievement. The world will be watching as the Spektacom technology sets out to add a new dimension to the game of cricket for millions of players—professional and amateur—and billions of fans. Source: Microsoft