Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the leader of one of the most potent bowling attacks in the IPL, spearheading Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not only an experienced pacer, who operates expertly with the new ball and bowls pinpoint yorkers in the slog overs. The right-arm bowler has emphasized the impact of saliva ban ahead of the 13th edition of IPL that could be felt while bowling.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic gave rise to the ban of saliva to protect the players from contracting the deadly disease. The fatal virus has managed to kill more than a million around the globe while several cricketers have caught the disease as well. The English, West Indian and Pakistan cricketers have played Test cricket in England without the use of saliva and applying the same to the red cherry.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar reveals that saliva would not affect swing bowling with certainty. He feels that it would not make a difference with a new white ball; however, without saliva, bowlers might not be able to generate reverse swing.
“I’m sure it’s not going to affect swing bowling for sure. It might not make a big difference with a new white ball but can impact a lot when it comes to reverse swing,” Bhuvneshwar said as quoted by ANI news.
“I would say that there are both positives and negatives to this to the COVID-19-forced break” : Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The Meerut-born seamer mentioned that there are both positives and negatives to the break imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 30-year old feels that the plus point is that the body gets ample rest to recover from tiny niggles; however, the negative factor is that it’s challenging to come back and takes time to rediscover the lost rhythm.
“I would say that there are both positives and negatives to this (coronavirus-induced break). The positive is to get a break and give rest to the body, you tend to recover from injuries if there are any, but then, the negative is that it takes time to come back after such a long break. It might take weeks to get into full bowling (rhythm),” he added.