Cricket technology company miSport today announced another new addition to the PitchVision system that solves the problem of practicing under pressure and allows players to improve their game by practicing in more realistic conditions.
Cricketers at club and school level rarely practice to match the pressure of a game. Players who look effortlessly good in practice suddenly freeze when playing real matches. The reason? In the net you can't get out. You can bat as long as you like under no danger. There is no need to worry about the score or fielders. The old-fashioned way doesn't teach players to deal with match pressure.
Now, thanks to the PitchVision 'short leg' sensor, club players can add realistic pressure to their nets and learn how to practice in the same way as they play. The sensor looks like a close fielder and can be placed in any fielding position the net allows. If the batsman hits the fielder a message is sent wirelessly to a laptop or mobile phone. The system then solves the age-old question between batsmen and bowlers in the nets: Was it runs or did the close fielder catch it? Now there can be no disputes.
PitchVision Director of Coaching David Hinchliffe explained: "The physical presence of 'fielders' automatically adds to the pressure a batter feels while playing in the nets. The fact that it is recorded ball-by-ball gives realism to practice and in my experience; the more realistic the practice, the better the results."
The sensor is part of the PitchVision system that allows players at all levels to get information like bowling speed and accuracy, shot placement and power and 100 other elements. It's the first time technology seen at the highest level has been affordable and accessible to all cricketers. The system and short leg sensor is available worldwide.