Meeting the men behind the 'spidercam'
When Jorge Quinta Gasper came here all the way from Portugal, he didn't know anything about cricket, let alone the stalwarts of the game. It was a novel experience for him and his fellow countrymen and camera 'pilots', Pedro Oliveira and Frederico Mendes.
But the trio who operated the ‘Omnicam’, known as the Spidercam in India , during the CLT20 have not only learnt the basics of cricket, but have also found out a way to recognise stars whom they have to chase from a distance.
“It has been a wonderful experience. I am reading the laws of cricket. Earlier we didn’t know who the big players are, but our director instructed us to follow their shirt numbers in order to identify them. I think number 7 (Dhoni) and 10 (Sachin) are the big stars here in India.
But we know them only as number 7 and 10,” Gaspar told MiD DAY. “It seems the crowd just loves number 7. They cheer when he comes on to the ground. Initially we faced a little difficulty, but now we know their field placings,” said Oliveira.