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The yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah has opined the problems that the bowlers will have to face without using saliva and sweat on the ball. The natural substances are being considered to be banned because they are the medium to transfer the deadly coronavirus. So, the pacer recommends finding alternative options for the bowlers.
The saliva helps the fast bowlers to swing or reverse swing the ball. And without the assistance, they will find difficulty in picking the wickets of a batsman, who would then dominate the field. Additionally, after dismissing the batter, the players will also be not allowed to hug or give high-five to celebrate the wicket because they will have to follow social distancing.
An alternative is needed: Jasprit Bumrah
In conversation with two former speedsters Ian Bishon and Shaun Pollock, Jasprit Bumrah said that he would be okay for not celebrating because he was never a hugger. But he is considered about banning of saliva. He feels that an alternative should be found in favour of bowlers.
“I was not much of a hugger anyway and not a high-five person as well, so that doesn’t trouble me a lot. The only thing that interests me is the saliva bit,” said Bumrah on ICC’s video series ‘Inside Out’,” Bumrah maintained.
“I don’t know what guidelines we’ll have to follow when we come back, but I feel there should be an alternative,” he added.
Bumrah opines difficulty for bowlers:
Jasprit Bumrah said that it would be hard for bowlers to dominate the game without any assistance. Citing the example of New Zealand’s shorter ground, he said that the grounds and the pitches nowadays support batsman more than bowlers.
So, to maintain the balance in the game, the bowler would need a third option, as per him.
“If the ball is not well maintained, it’s difficult for the bowlers. The grounds are getting shorter and shorter, the wickets are becoming flatter and flatter,” Jasprit Bumrah said.
“So we need something, some alternative for the bowlers to maintain the ball so that it can do something – maybe reverse in the end or conventional swing,” he added.
Further, Bumrah named Test cricket as his preferred format because the pitches, in the most extended format, favours the fast bowler. During the lockdown, the Mumbai Indians player is focusing on training his body so that if anytime cricket resumes, he would be ready to deliver.