Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is one of the latest to opine on the saliva ban, which has caused an array of ruckus. Several former and current cricketers have had discussions on the implications on the prohibition of saliva to shine the ball moving forward for some time. The COVID-19 has paused the sport currently and it wouldn’t be the same for some time when it resumes.
There have been reports circulating of some Indian cricketers stepping outdoor to train; however, Dinesh Karthik isn’t one of them. With the lockdown slightly easing in Tamil Nadu, rumours were rounding of Karthik restarting training. Nevertheless, the 34-year old has clarified that has been training at the gymnasium only, running for about half-an-hour.
Coming to the saliva ban affecting the bowlers, Karthik feels that it would not adversely affect the two white-ball formats; however, the longest version may face problems. The Tamil Nadu keeper-batsman reckons that bowlers will face a massive challenge to swing the ball after 20-30 overs. Experts like Sachin Tendulkar, Brett Lee, Wasim Akram, and Rahul Dravid have called for extra assistance to the bowlers if sweat doesn’t prove to be enough.
“But definitely, it will have an effect in Test cricket. It will be a massive challenge to swing a ball after the first 20-30 overs.” the Kolkata Knight Riders skipper said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Would take the Rigours of an IPL any day: Dinesh Karthik
When asked if he has been spared with the rigours of the Indian Premier League due to the extended break, Karthik said firmly he would opt it any day. On the contrary, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper feels privileged to be part of the lucrative tournament and the happiness that comes with it.
“I would take the rigours of an IPL any day. I think anybody would do that. Also, rigours is a strong word, I think. Along with the challenges and the pressures of an IPL also comes the happiness of being part of it.” he stated further.