In a team game lot of things go into winning the game - contributions from different functions - bowling, batting, fielding, wicket keeping and some time intangibles. But there will be some special contributions that make a significant impact in the outcome of the game. That is the Player-of-the-Match award.
In a CricBay game, Umpire(s) and umpires only get to make the decision of who gets the Player-of-the-Match Award. They take into account the individual performances, their impact on the overall game and then award the most deserving player the award. In some games it is obvious who that player is by the sheer weight of their performance and in some cases it is not so much, especially for the people who were not present in the ground to play in/watch the game.
We have had instances where a particular Player-of-the-Match award has evoked a debate on whether the right player is selected or not. On an average atleast 3-4 Awards every week raises the same intrigue.
To provide insights into the thinking that went into the award and to also eliminate any sense of handout of the Award, we are introducing a new feature today whereby the umpires can share how they arrived at the decision.