‘Like something from an old Brian Lara Cricket game’ – T20 World Cup ‘Run Box’ broadcast innovation splits opinion
During the T20 World Cup semi-final between England and New Zealand, the broadcasters reintroduced the age-old of Run Box, albeit in a new form.
This introduction drew a variety of reactions across the social media spaces. Some viewers recalled the similarities between the ‘Run Box’ and video games of the yesteryears.
The run box is like something from an old Brian Lara Cricket game. #ENGvsNZ pic.twitter.com/yy8Vu6NV4i
— Jason Wilson (@WhizzoUK) November 10, 2021
SNES Super International Cricket vibes about the run box pic.twitter.com/qPBLYVSoAo
— Mark Puttick (@GryllidaeC) November 10, 2021
Can't just be us getting Brian Lara Cricket vibes off the "Run Box" on the screen!#ENGLAND #NewZealand #T20WorldCup
— Adlestrop CC (@AdlestropCC) November 10, 2021
While the Run Box in the past used to be in the form of a square box present at the top right or left of the screen, depicting the running between the wickets when the ball had been placed to the outfield, the new iteration was a top-down graphic.
A number of people were amused by this addition.
Oh man, this Runbox reminded me of that old Samsung Cricket game! #ENGvsNZ pic.twitter.com/lFQ5AVz2OW
— Ayan Banerjee (@ayanbn7) November 10, 2021
Why not use the runbox all the time
— Tom Evans (@TomEvansEcho) November 10, 2021
While there were those who weren’t as impressed.
lol that graphic on the side for running is so bad 😂
— birds aren't real (@igonnasue) November 10, 2021
There have been some cool additions to live cricket broadcast in recent times, not sure this running graphic qualifies! 😅 pic.twitter.com/EfCnddUtOh
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) November 10, 2021
Still, some found it to be a relevant addition.
Runbox has real Sensible Soccer (1992) vibes. Huge fan. pic.twitter.com/8Crhkp3x1u
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) November 10, 2021
I think it's a great addition to the visuals. Although the name is a bit meh
— Neilek Zlondynu (@whododgenik) November 10, 2021
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