- Anshuman Gaekwad says that this decision of ICC is right, because safety comes first and cricket comes later.
- He said that if the ICC has banned the use of saliva, then bowlers will have to follow it strictly.
Jun 11, 2020, 08:11 AM IST
The ICC has temporarily banned the use of saliva to reduce the risk of corona. Under the new rule, if the fielding team uses saliva to shine the ball, it will be given warning twice. If this happens even then the fielding team will face a penalty of 5 runs.
Our colleague Divya Bhaskar spoke to Anshuman Gaekwad, former head coach of the Indian cricket team. Gaikwad said that the ICC has taken this decision in view of the safety of the players. However, cricket will definitely go back 50-60 years from this. He said that the penalty of 5 runs is very less.
We will return to the 60s and 70s: Gaikwad
Gaekwad explains that safety is before and cricket is after. The decision taken by the ICC is correct. To say that because of this the batsman will benefit is wrong. When we used to play, we did not have a ball like today, using which saliva to shine. The ball used to be rough after 5-6 overs.
We used to bowl and take wickets with the same ball. At that time there was no question of bringing back the shine on the ball. There were other ways of taking wickets. The 60s-70s will return to cricket after a new change.
'Let the bat spring in'
He says that the use of wax or artificial material to shine the ball will benefit the bowler, otherwise the batsman will benefit. This debate is completely wrong. Cricket was also played in our time. At that time, not just spinners, fast bowlers also took wickets. If you are helping the bowler, then the batsman should also be allowed to put spring in the bat.
'The ball will reverse even with sweat'
Gaekwad says that you can also reverse swing with sweat. Use one side sweat and let the other side be rough then reverse swing will be found. He narrated the story of Pakistan tour in 1977-78 and said that on that tour we saw reverse swing for the first time.
It was then started by Sarfaraz Nawaz. Then the ball was not like it is today. He would ruffle one side of the ball with the lid of a cold drink bottle at the time of drinks break so that the leather would get cut and sweat the other way. We were surprised how the ball is swinging reverse after 35-40 overs. We later learned that he used to do this. You can reverse the ball with sweat, there is no doubt about it.
'Bowler benefits in countries like England and New Zealand'
Gaekwad, who was the head coach of Team India, says that England-New Zealand does not sweat so easily, but the air and temperature there is such that it helps the fast bowlers.
Ok to warn 2 times
According to Gaikwad, the umpire would warn twice if saliva was applied to the ball under the new rules. It is true that the age-old habit of cricketers will not be far away. Now there is a ban on spitting on the ground. No such player does it intentionally but he gets used to it. So it is okay to give warning twice.
5 run penalty is too low
They say the reason for prohibiting the use of saliva on the ball is the safety of the players. You use saliva on the ball once or many times. It does not matter. The reason why this rule was implemented, it must be fulfilled. A 5-run penalty does not solve the problem. It will not improve until the bowler himself realizes that I do not have to touch the mouth with the hand.