Former Indian cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has revealed his take on the aspect of saliva ban to shine the ball. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced ICC to resort to the extreme measure of prohibiting spit — from coming in contact with the ball. It has inevitably created a ruckus — and sparked widespread discussions among former and current players on its implications.
Several renowned athletes like Brett Lee, Mark Waugh, Wasim Akram, Rahul Dravid, Ajit Agarkar and many more have spoken on the same. On the other hand, active fast bowlers like Pat Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah feel that ICC needs to find an alternative for the same — to keep the balance between bat and ball.
Nevertheless, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan believes that it is only the unskilled ones that would find it difficult to make the ball talk. The able ones would find umpteen ways to work the cherry in their favour. According to him, spinners wouldn’t face many challenges.
“They had to take this precautionary measure because of the COVID-19 situation. But skilled bowlers will always find a way to get the wickets and unskilled bowlers will always find excuses. As far as spinners are concerned, there should not be much of a problem, when the ball is rough you get better grip of the ball. So I don’t think it will hamper spinners too much.” Laxman Sivaramakrishnan told Times of India.
Whatever the BCCI decides, it will be in the best interest of the game: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
The 54-year-old emerged as a genuine contender to take over the chief of selectors’ post; however, was out of the race. The former spin-bowler isn’t unhappy about the same and would be glad to serve the BCCI in a capacity they want it. Sivaramakrishnan is open to performing spin-coaching as well as commentary.
“Whatever the BCCI decides, it will be in the best interest of the game. Even though I did not get the selector’s job, I am still doing commentary and being attached to the game. So whatever the capacity BCCI wants me to use, I will be more than happy to do it. I am very open to doing spin coaching and commentary.” he added.