Star Sports, the official television broadcaster of IPL 2023, roped in cricketer Steve Smith for a special appearance on its show 'Cricket Live' - through a realistic hologram.
Smith was the number one trending topic on social media after his second appearance on the show for the opening week of the tournament, as per the channel.
Smith said “It was brilliant to be there. It’s amazing what technology can do now, it was great to be in the studio talking to the guys about cricket and the IPL, so I really enjoyed it and it was good fun.”
Smith was teleported from his home in Sydney to the Star Sports studio in Mumbai in a matter of seconds, providing viewers with an immersive and life-like experience. The holographic teleportation technology used by Star Sports is state-of-the-art and has impressed fans and critics alike with its seamless and realistic rendering of Smith's image.
Former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta also spoke about Smith’s appearance on ‘Cricket Live’, he said, “We were all sitting there, looking at the TV, the pre-match show, I was like okay he’s here, along with Finch and the other guys. I thought we’ll catch up, and when the show got over, I was looking for him, where is Smithy? And I asked everybody where he is and they said he is in Sydney. For the first 10 seconds I didn’t believe them. I said ‘Nah you’re lying, it’s impossible’.”
Former Australia captain Aaron Finch said, “If you look at the screen, it looked like 100% he’s standing there. So, it was a bit of fun, he went in for a hi-five, I went in for a hug!”
MYSTERY REVEALED!@stevesmith49 made an appearance at our studio through our holographic teleportation technology, making us the 1st Sports broadcaster in India to use teleportation LIVE!— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) April 21, 2023
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