Competition Should Be Fair: Ishant Sharma On Banning Of Saliva

Competition Should Be Fair: Ishant Sharma On Banning Of Saliva

Ishant Sharma, Banning of Saliva
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

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India’s prominent Test bowler Ishant Sharma said that batsman would dominate the field if bowlers don’t get any assistance. His reaction came after the  ICC has decided to ban the use of saliva in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

The natural substances, saliva and sweat, are used by the bowlers to shine the ball which helps pacers to swing the ball in both directions while spinners get helps to drift the ball. However, now saliva has become the carrier of the deadly virus so the governing body has decided to ban its usage for player’s safety.

Ishant Sharma, Indian national cricket team, banning of saliva
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The veteran Ishant Sharma, who has played 97 Test matches, has expressed that if bowlers didn’t get any assistance, the game would become batsman-dominated. It would be then unfair competition.

“If we don’t shine the red ball, it doesn’t swing, then it becomes really easy for the batsman. I think the competition should be fair and not a batsman dominated game,” the 31-year-old said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.

Ishant Sharma opines another problem for bowlers:

Ishant Sharma, banning of saliva
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Further, Ishant said that another problem for bowlers would be adapting the new rule. He said that the players would have to practice a lot to get rid of using saliva on a cricket ball.

“I feel that the most important thing will be avoiding the use of saliva on the ball and refraining from shining the ball.

“We will have to take special precautions for this as we are used to shining the ball, especially the red ball,” said Sharma, who represents Delhi in domestic cricket.

Ishant Sharma sustained an injury when he last played for India against New Zealand in the two-match Test series. He featured in the first Test match but was dropped from the next game. Since then, he has been out of action and spending time with his family amid the lockdown.

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