I still remember the 1983 world cup. I was mostly watching the matches with my family members on a black and white television setup at my uncle’s terrace at my hometown Trivandrum. It was always fun watching the game with your friends and family. The most interesting part is listening to the predictions and comments from the people around and debating on it. What will happen in this over – a wicket, a sixer? You relish those great catches, replays and some super innings like the one Kapil hit against Zimbabwe to keep us in the race. That was 1983.
Then the most memorable event was Ravi Sastri getting the Audi in the Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket which was held in Australia. Dad and I used to set alarms and wake up early in the morning to watch the action on color TV. That was 1985
Nothing beats the fun of watching the game with your best friends and predicting the scores based on your intuition. It was nice if few of them comes true, especially if your favorite team is winning. In 2011, when India again lifted the world cup, we were all celebrating Sachin. Again, I think that was the first time in Cricket World Cup where two Asian teams qualified for the finals – 2011.
The 2015 world cup is already here and today I’ve plans to watch the game with my friends. But unfortunately I’ve not been keeping upto speed on the latest players, their records and the team details. So I was thinking I’m going to be look stupid if I could not even get the player names correct. J .
IBM Analytics has come to my rescue. IBM India has tied up with Wisden to leverage its advanced Big Data & Analytics capabilities to trigger meaningful conversations around Cricket by throwing up compelling insights from historic, real-time and social sentiment based data. IBM will use Wisden’s proprietary ‘Impact Index’ to process the information and scale it into an automated engine that produces Impact Index-based data points that in turn provide the impact score of each player and team. This will further furnish the impact that each player/team might have in a match, basis various parameters such as runs, economy rate, pressure play etc. So I’m going to be rely IBM Analytics– or I’m calling it the Paul the Octopus for Cricket 2015.
So my plan to stay cool this world cup is to score with data. I mean to follow the #scorewithdata on Twitter on my mobile and use that info to make my prediction for this world cup matches. I’m going out now to see the India-Pak match on big screen with my friends. “Virat, Dhawan – two players to look out for and did you know MS Dhoni has never failed as a batsman in all the 4 games he has played at Adelaide. That's a 100% success rate.