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Kuldeep Yadaav, Yuzvendra Chahal on saliva ban: It will be very challenging

Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2020, India’s spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav said the ban on saliva will become a problem for spinners as well.

Kuldeep Yadav said saliva ban will impact spinners as well (Reuters Photo)


  • Kuldeep Yadav said saliva ban will impact bowlers more in Test cricket
  • Yuzvendra Chahal said saliva ban will make it difficult for spinners to drift
  • Chahal and Kuldeep spoke about the saliva baan at Salaam Cricket 2020

India’s spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal expressed their concern about the International Cricket Council (ICC) ban on saliva, saying the temporary measure might put bowlers at a disadvantageous position.

Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2020, Yuzvendra Chahal said spinners will also be affected by saliva ban as it will be difficult for them to drift the ball in the middle overs.

The ICC ratified Cricket Committee’s recommendation on saliva ban as part of precautionary measures in the times of Covid-19. Cricket Committee chairman Anil Kumble, speaking to India Today, said the measures are temporary solutions but necessary to make sure cricket resumes in a safe and secure environment.

“Bowlers will be at a disadvantage because we get a drift in the middle overs that we get by shining the ball using our saliva. If we don’t get that then it will be a problem.

“As a spinner if we don’t get a drift we won’t be as effective. We need a solution to this problem. For spinners and pacers it is very important. Bowlers get a nip by shining the ball,” Chahal said.

Kuldeep Yadav said the ban on saliva will be difficult to manage in red-ball cricket and the game will become batsman’s all the way.

“It will be very challenging because we have been used to it since childhood. The ball won’t drift at all, beating the batsman in the air won’t be possible. White-ball cricket is still okay but it will be very difficult in red-ball cricket. If we don’t get to shine the ball then it will be the batsman’s game all the way,” Kuldeep said. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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