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Sachin Tendulkar pleas ICC to make helmets compulsory for batsmen

Rida Shaikh

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make the wearing of a helmet while batting compulsory. He took to his professional Twitter handle to request the ICC to make wearing a helmet compulsory for all batsmen at all forms of international cricket. This is primarily to protect the batsmen against any kind of bowling attack- be it a spinner or a fast bowler.

Sachin Tendulkar's request comes after an incident that occurred in the IPL 2020. Sunrisers Hyderabad's Vijay Shankar was hit on his helmet while trying to take a quick single run but was protected by the grille on the protective gear. Along with a video, the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “The game has become faster but is it getting safer? Recently we witnessed an incident which could've been nasty. Be it a spinner or pacer, wearing a HELMET should be MANDATORY for batsmen at professional levels. Request @icc to take this up on priority.”

The incident took place during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 24th October. In the eighteenth over during SRH's innings, Jason Holder hit the ball softly and aimed for a quick single. While sensing a run-out opportunity, KXIP's fielder Nicholas Pooran hit the ball at the striker’s end. Unfortunately, the ball missed the stumps and directly hit Vijay Shankar's helmet and he fell onto the ground.

In the subsequent tweets, Sachin Tendulkar also tagged the prominent cricket boards of India. He was also reminded of a similar incident that happened with Ravi Shastri. He tweeted, “@RaviShastriOfc, this also reminded me of the time when you got hit after top edging a full toss bowled by Mr. Gavaskar during an exhibition game. That could've been a grave injury too but thankfully wasn't!”

 

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