A passage to England: MSD not allowed to sport the army insignia on his gloves, fans show support holding banners and dressing in tricolour:
Even as ICC did not allow MS Dhoni to sport the Army insignia on his wicket keeping gloves against Australia, a section of Indian fans at The Oval here flaunted the “Balidaan Badge”. A fan dressed in the Indian tricolour was seen holding a banner with the badge sketched in brown on top against a black background. At a time when the BCCI under the supervision of the CoA failed to back the former India skipper in the Army insignia controversy, his teammates came together and urged him to continue sporting the Balidaan Badge on his wicketkeeping gloves for this match. Sources in the know of developments in the Indian camp said that while the final decision rested with Dhoni, the team members had told the former India skipper that they will back him and support whatever call he took with regard to sporting the badge on his keeping gloves. Warner using bat ‘sensor’ to counter opposition threat Australian opener David Warner is meticulously preparing for the tougher battles ahead in the World Cup by using a new device on his bat — a sensor that stores important data like backlift angle and maximum bat speed. ICC had approved the usage of bat sensor back in 2017 but none of the international batsmen have used it in matches. A Bengaluru-based company has introduced its version of sensor cap named ‘Bat Sense’ which Warner has been using in practice to collate data to counter the likes of Bumrah. The sensor chip is fixed on the top of bat handle. Till the time batsman is batting, the data generated on the chip gets stored in a mobile app through ‘cloud storage’. The technical data consists of aspects such as power index, maximum bat speed, rotational angle of the wrists, backlift angle, bat start angle (whether the bat is coming straight or from first slip angle). Warner’s bat sensor has revealed some interesting insights about how he is doing. His bat speed is believed to be 79 kmph. “The data collected could prove to be useful for professional players as they will have a reference point,” said former Test wicketkeeper and cricket analyst Deep Dasgupta. At the moment, the bat sensor usage is at a nascent stage where collating data is the primary objective.