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Tableau Visualization – ICC Cricket world Cup – A Recap!

The ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the world. The event is organised by the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament held every four years. The tournament is one of the world’s top 5 most watched sporting events and features in the Forbes’ top 10 Richest Sporting Events In The World (Source: Wikipedia, top5.com, Forbes).

With the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup well underway, let’s take a look at the historical performances of the top 8 teams.

Let’s talk about Criclytics!

You might be wondering what Criclytics means! Don’t Worry, I will explain what this means and how this is playing a central role in cricket. Cricket is one of the most followed sport in the world and with the 2015 World cup around the corner, the craze is reaching fever pitch. So in this blog I would like to talk about “Criclytics” – Analytics in Cricket.

The Rise of Business Analytics in the Sports

In the previous blog, we had touched upon “How Analytics is influencing player and game performance”. In this blog, we aim to elaborate on the business-oriented applications of Analytics in sports. Some of the main applications from business point of view are

  • Analytics for ticket pricing
  • Fan Analytics- Fan engagement and sentiment analysis
  • Social Media Analytics

Let’s look at how analytics is playing a part in all these applications and how some of the franchises are cashing in.

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How Analytics is Influencing Player and Game Performance

We all know that analytics is playing a very big role in making correct decisions by taking data into consideration. Now in this blog, I want to discuss how analytics is playing a role in sports. Analytics in sports is divided into three broad areas. They are:

  1. Analytics in player and game performance
  2. Business Analytics in sports
  3. Player health and injury analytics

These three areas are very broad in terms of their applications.  When it comes to analytics in player and game performance, focus will be on three crucial decisions that a team needs to take which are selecting the best possible players for a team, fielding the best possible teams on a given day and taking the best possible decisions on the court. Second major type of application in sports will revolve around business applications. They are analytics for ticket pricing, fan loyalty analysis, social media, and fan engagement. The third and final major type of application in sports deals with predicting the injury of the players in advance so that substitutes can be planned in advance.

So, in this blog, I want to touch upon how analytics is playing a role in analysing the player and game performance. I will take three major games where this type of analytics is implemented and will discuss how they are implementing. So, three major games that I want to touch upon in this blog are:

  1. Baseball
  2. Football
  3. Cricket
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For the Love of Soccer and Data Analytics

During my school days, I remember one of my teachers saying “Science is everywhere.” Today we probably relate more with “Analytics is everywhere.” Sports  is no exception. In the past decade, there has been a major drive for sports to become data-driven. On one side, there are sports like Baseball and Tennis ; highly impacted by Data Analytics, while on the other hand there are sports like Cycling which are still to adopt a data driven approach (Read my previous blog on Opportunities of Data Analytics in Cycling). The potential for sports analytics is undoubtedly tremendous.

In this blog, my goal is to explore the data analytics angle in one of the world’s most followed sport, SOCCER!

For the love of football  & data analytics

Moneyball was not the start

If you think Michael Lewis’s Moneyball is the pioneer in the Analytics in Sports, then you’d be wrong. Soccer, being the most popular sports in the World with more than 200 soccer watching countries, has cherished the magic of analytics over the past few years. The journey of data analytics in Soccer though, was not very smooth. The old school method of analytics in soccer is the so called Notational Analysis, which was introduced by a British Accountant Charles Reep, who started scribbling down observations using a system of symbols. Reeps’ conclusion was teams would be more efficient if they spent less time trying to string together passes and more time lobbing the ball into their opponent’s area. This strategy became known as the long-ball game. Most Sports Analysts did not agree with the Long Ball game as Reep’s conclusion was based on minimal data. According to one Mathematician who did extensive research on this, “Reep had very strong preconceived notions and when he found what he was looking for — a chance to play the game with minimum input for maximum output — he didn’t investigate other hypotheses like other analysts typically would.”

Analytics in football

Initially, data collection was a big challenge. People tried things such as filming players striking the ball, to study technique from a biomechanical perspective. Those initiatives, however, never had much impact.

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THE NET – The future of data is Wearables

With wearable technology, learning more about yourself has not only become high tech but also real time. From devices and apps that help you track heart rate and food consumption patterns to gadgets that monitor your mood and even surrounding air quality.

Can data turn the wheel clean for pro-cycling?

17th January, doomsday in the History of Competitive Sports. Lance Armstrong’s confession raised a question mark on WADA (World Anti  Doping Agency) and all the sports personalities in the world. Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France a record 7 consecutive times from 1999-2005 after successfully fighting cancer and his story went on to become an inspiration for many…Continue Reading “Can data turn the wheel clean for pro-cycling?”