Kumble believes that technology will have more and more influence on decision-making as no player would be able to disregard the presence of “data intelligence” going into the future.
Anil Kumble – The former Indian captain at a webinar titled ‘Building Competitive Advantage through Sports Analytics and Data Intelligence’, organised by Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai with Deakin University South Asia, said that Cricket will lean more on technology and “data intelligence” in future, citing the example of how DRS proved to be a game-changer in the decision-making process.
Kumble believes that embracing technology is for greater good. He believes that technology will have more and more influence on decision-making as no player would be able to disregard the presence of “data intelligence” going into the future.
He added that there’s a sort of debate over too much technology in sport but he asserted his stand stating he would rather stick to his own belief – watch the ball, hit the ball, the simple way. He said if we don’t sort of adapt to technology that’s coming in and used the technology for the good of the game, people will be left behind.
He also feels that as we move onto the OTT (over the top) platforms, more technology will come into the sport.
The Punjab Kings coach added he don’t see just the broadcasters influencing technology in the sport but also the federations would jump into innovative ways of bringing in technology into sport.
Kumble feels that shorter the game like T20 or The Hundred, greater will be the influence of data intelligence.
In the webinar he further notified that “The dependence on data will be seen a lot more in a short game, as the format sort of gets shorter, from Test cricket, to ODI cricket, then it is T20 now, then there is (The) Hundred, “So as the game gets shorter, the dependence on data is far more in putting together a squad, strategies, match-ups. Thus, he concluded that technology would be the driving factor”.