Hawk-Eye | Where Technology Took Cricket To A Whole Another Level

Hey Cricket Enthusiasts,

Today, I am going to talk about Hawk-Eye technology in cricket and how it changed cricket once and for all. After reading this article you will realize that Hawk-Eye is not just a ball-tracking system used for DRS. Let’s hop in.

What is Hawk-Eye?

I think Wikipedia does a better job explaining what Hawk-Eye is.

Hawk-Eye is a computer system used in numerous sports such as crickettennisGaelic footballbadmintonhurlingrugby unionassociation football and volleyball, to visually track the trajectory of the ball and display a profile of its statistically most likely path as a moving image.

Read the full Wikipedia article here

How does Hawk-Eye predict the trajectory of a ball?

It uses video inputs from 6 different cameras which are placed around the ground and the speed of the ball as inputs. It feeds those inputs into high range algorithms where the magic happens.

How does Hawk-Eye involve in Cricket?

  • Making LBW decisions
  • Drawing out wagon wheels
  • Creating pitch maps
  • To see how much the ball spun (or is going to spin)
  • Rail Cam
  • Beehives

Most of the things you see on the television screen when watching a cricket match are done by this technology.

Is Hawk-Eye the mother of DRS?

Hawk-Eye can predict the trajectory of a ball. This is what DRS is using.

So, all coders had to do was to write a program using those data.

Here are all the features that come under the Hawk-Eye technology.

Wagon Wheels

Virat Kohli’s Wagon Wheel from an ODI match

Image Source – Sportskeeda

Pitch Maps

a Pitch Map

Image Source – SkySports

Spin Deviations

Spin Deviation

Image Source – Sports Box Youtube Channel Video

Rail Cam

The Rail Cam (sorry for the image quality)

Image Source – KingCricket.co.uk


Beehive is a sketch that depicts where the deliveries from a particular bowler have passed the batsman

Image Source – Telegraph.co.uk

So, if you think about it introducing Hawk-Eye to cricket was kind of a big deal.

As always thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope you guys learned something valuable. See you tomorrow ❤️🤟

Published by Thisura Thenuka

I am a passionate software engineering student. But cricket is my first love ❤

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