Considering the ongoing coronavirus epidemic across the world, the ICC officials came up with strict rules. The officials have barred athletes from spitting on the field. It is because coronavirus is easily transmissible through saliva.
So how would you shine the ball in this coronavirus pandemic? The only possible option left to shine the ball is with sweat. Earlier, the International Cricket Council made its stance clear that no saliva or artificial substance should be used to shine the ball.
The ICC clarified that sweat can be used to shine the ball. Meanwhile, during the ongoing first Test match between England and India, Mohammed Siraj invented a new method to shine the ball. The first Test is taking place at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Mohammed Siraj hilariously innovates new way to shine the ball
England Test captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to open the face of the blade first. The hosts managed to put up 183 in the first innings. Joe Root scored 64 and it remains the highest score in the team’s total. He struck as many as 11 fours to his name.
Jasprit Bumrah was among the leading wicket-takers in India in the first innings. He took 4 wickets while senior pacer Mohammed Shami took 3 wickets. Meanwhile, there was something else that caught everyone’s attention.
Mohammed Siraj made the headlines recently when he invented a new method to shine the ball. The right-arm fast bowler touched Mohammed Shami’s forehead and then applied the sweat on the red ball. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media.
The incident happened during 49th over of England’s innings when Shami was set to bowl. Meanwhile, Siraj came up to Shami and pulled off a new trick to shine the ball. Shami had a good day at the office. He dismissed Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow and Daniel Lawrence.