Unique device for Tamil Nadu pacemen

TN strength and conditioning coach Ramji Srinivasan introduced Catapult — a device that calculates the paceman’s heart-rate, acceleration, load, torque, and speed — ahead of the 2018 domestic season.

Tamil Nadu players Natarajan,Vijay Shankar and K.Vignesh flaunt the Catapult device at the training session at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.   -  K. PICHUMANI

This piece of equipment is expected to provide a leg-up to the home pacemen.

The Tamil Nadu seamers sported a pager-like device, attached to the upper back portion of their vests, when they bowled at the nets here on Tuesday.

Explaining the latest addition to Tamil Nadu’s training regimen, the side’s strength and conditioning coach Ramji Srinivasan told Sportstar, “It’s a GPS tracking system called Catapult that we are using for our pacemen.”

He explained, “It is the first time we are having it for the Tamil Nadu side and, I believe, the first occasion the technology is being used in Indian domestic cricket.”

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Ramji said, “We can calculate the paceman’s heart-rate, acceleration, load, torque, and speed. A lot of empirical data can be gathered this way.”

He added, “The Catapult helps us manage the workload of the pacemen much better, tells us a lot about their body. This can prevent injuries, lead to technical corrections.”

The device, Ramji said, came with a specially made vest. “It is being used in NBA and NFL.”

Ramji said the Indian team had employed this technology during its tour of Australia in 2011-12, when he was the fitness trainer of the M.S. Dhoni-led side.

Will the new tracking device be a game-changer for the Tamil Nadu pacemen?