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Technology helped Sachin Tendulkar to extend his career: Javagal Srinath

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Former Indian cricketer Javagal Srinath. (Photo by Chirag Wakaskar-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)

Former Indian pace bowler Javagal Srinath on Monday said that the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was able to extend his career with the use of technology.

“Sachin Tendulkar had once said his career was extended due to the use of technology. It made him find a solution based on quick feedback which helped him correct his mistakes, mostly batting mistakes,” Srinath said in a panel discussion during Microsoft’s first edition of its Machine Learning and data Sciences Conference.

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When queried about, whether the role of a coach diminishes with the introduction of new technology around the game, he said that the coach’s job will never diminish but his abilities will be judged from how intelligently he can use the digital data.

“I have come to know about my mistakes by way of analyzing digital data about my bowling, but still, the crux of the matter is how I will execute the solution physically, and that’s where the role and significance of a coach lies,” he pointed out.

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“The coach’s job will never shrink. How intelligently the coach will use the data will be the matter that needs to be seen,” Srinath added.

Technology to empower the cricketers:

Former Indian opening batsman Akash Chopra said that the role of the coach doesn’t wither away as technology can only empower the players but it has to be executed by the players, where the role of a coach lies. “Technology will be our slave, but continue to empower us more as we go along,” he said.

“The company has created a platform for software developers in India to build solutions that could change the way sports administration and sports management are approached today”, Microsoft Corporate Vice President (Data Group) Joseph Sirosh said.

“This machine learning-based platform offers insights into improving the accuracy of predicting target scores in weather-interrupted T20 cricket matches”, Sirosh added.

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