New Zealand speedster Lockie Ferguson and his brother Mitch Ferguson have reinvented the way fast bowling could be measured. With technology making rapid strides and touching new heights at an alarming rate, one could find out how fast a bowler bowls. And it is Lockie Ferguson and Mitch Ferguson that have come up with an application, named Machineroad, gifted with an ability to do it.
Lockie Ferguson is one of the best speedsters in limited-overs cricket as of today. Along with sheer pace, the Auckland-born paceman also has accuracy and movement to put the batsmen in trouble. Ferguson was part of New Zealand’s squad that reached the final of the 2019 World Cup in England. He was the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 wickets in nine games at 19.47 with an economy rate of 4.88.
Mitch, who was a passionate fast bowler too until injuries derailed his career, explained that the concept has come through experiences that they have gone through, keeping the app simple to operate, and helping fast bowlers to upgrade their skills. It also concentrates on preventing injuries as much as possible so that the upcoming cricketers could avoid pushing themselves too hard when they are younger, ensuring longevity.
“The concept came from some of the experiences that I’ve gone through and I know Lockie has gone through. We’ve kept it fairly simple. It has been a lot of work done with Lockie and other bowlers on what they’d like to see – a basic platform that will help them improve their skills. As well as prevention of injuries. So that the next generation of grassroot cricketers can do the right things and not push themselves too hard when they’re younger so they can have the longevity,” Mitch stated as quoted by News 18.com.
Our goal is to work on all kind of bowlers: Lockie Ferguson
The 29-year old added that the marketing of the app has been around him, highlighting that it is for all kinds of bowlers, managing their workloads and injuries. It allows the upcoming fast bowlers to see what their speeds are by practising in the nets. Lockie stated that the application circulates athletes having control over their development and admitted it has been a strength for him, learning what his strengths and weaknesses are. The app has features like bowling speed, pitch maps and other bowling analysis after recording video in the nets.
“A lot of the marketing has been around me and my pretty face of course, being a fast bowler that’s where we’ve started. It’s easier to create a hype around fast bowling with the speed gun. But our goal is to work on all kind of bowlers, even spinners, to work on bowling loads and reduce injuries. Everyone likes to know how quick you can bowl, and we’ve created an app where you can go down to the nets and see what it is. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The app is essentially built around the athletes themselves having control over their own development. That’s been a big learning for me, what my strengths and weaknesses are,” Lockie Ferguson chipped in.