ESPNcricinfo New AI-powered query services – A groundbreaking launch


Ranked the 2nd most popular sport in the world, Cricket leaves its 2.5 billion fans with quenchless curiosity and contemplation about the matches and players. ESPNcricinfo caters the unfathomable queries by imparting enormous Cricket information through its cutting-edge application.

Ask Cricinfo service allows the fans to make a query in any vernacular both orally or written. For reference, a query could be “Who was the first batsman scoring a century in the IPL?” or “Which color cap is awarded to the player who scored most of the runs in the tournament?”.

ESPNcricinfo has made an addition to its list of innovations by launching the first phase of “Ask Cricinfo Service”, a native language search tool for queries of all T20 including BBL, PSL, IPL, T20 Blast, and T20 Internationals.

The launch is indeed the first step to the goal of providing reliable answers to the questions asked by cricket fans globally. The firm with its trustworthy and abundant global data and operations built out of deep research decades back has partnered with AskHereFirst founded by Professor Vishal Mishra who is also the co-founder of Cricinfo, to design and launch the initial phase of the application. The application uses the statistical database of Cricinfo developed over years- Statsguru and leveraging the capabilities of AI.

The aim is to simplify the entire process and provide the fans with a quality response in user-friendly language to their queries keeping them ignorant about the backend complexities of the system. It is a gateway for the fans to love cricket even more and be the cricket geek. One can search for queries like:

  1. What is the total record made by Rohit Sharma in the IPL finals?
  2. Most of the runs from CSK in any IPL season or all seasons.
  3. Which team hit more sixes in the IPL?
  4. The number of wickets taken by RCB.

As per Sambit Bal, Editor-in-chief ESPNcricinfo “This is the first step towards what could be significant in making cricket stats accessible on demand. ESPNcricinfo’s Statsguru is proven to be the reliable stats query tool for professionals and stats enthusiasts, but AskCricinfo attempts to unlock the data vault for everyone. It is very much a work in progress, and it cannot yet answer everything, but like all tools powered by artificial intelligence, it will get better and better with use. Hence, we highly recommend the cricket fans to use it in the spirit of collaboration, and of course, for fun.”

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