Former Indian paceman Javagal Srinath has opined on the ban of saliva to shine the ball moving foward. With the Anil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee prohibiting the use of saliva to shine the ball, bowlers have already started to feel the pressure. Not only bowlers but various experts believe that the ban of saliva could significantly tilt the game in favour of batsmen and more than before. Nevertheless, Javagal Srinath feels that fast bowlers could still extract movement off the ball.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the cricketing panel to ban the use of saliva. The virus easily and quickly spreads through a person’s droplets via mouth and with saliva coming in contact with the ball, it would be highly contagious. While Anil Kumble suggested that the prohibition on the spit is only a temporary measure, Javagal Srrinath remains confident that bowlers can use sweat to retain swing.
The Karnataka-born former pacer is positive that sweat is a good alternative for saliva and that it shouldn’t matter largely. Shrinath reckons that applying saliva on the cherry was merely a habit which players must have to do away with, considering the guidelines issued. He went on to say that perspiration will play more role than saliva in the future.
“I think sweat is a good alternative for saliva. In fact, we use more sweat than saliva, so I think it should not really matter. I think it is a habit to put your hand into your mouth and start rubbing the ball, that would have to be contained now given the fresh guidelines. Sweat was always allowed and it will have a more role to play than the saliva in the near future.” Javagal Srinath said as quoted by News Indian Express.
“We have an unbelievable pool of pacers” : Javagal Srinath
India’s venomous fast-bowling unit has been the talk of the town for the last two years. The likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah have made the Indian side highly competitive even overseas due to their wicket-taking abilities. Speaking about the same, Javagal Srinath hailed the way they are faring currently. He went on to claim the current pool of pace bowlers are the best that Indian cricket has ever had.
“We have an unbelievable pool of pacers and I am very pleased with the way they are bowling. They are doing a great job. At any phase of the Indian cricket, this is the best pool of fast bowlers.” the 50-year old added.