The batting legend and former Indian batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, has given a caring suggestion on Tuesday. He voiced that the use of helmets should be made compulsory at professional levels. Tendulkar has made this suggestion to the governing International Cricket Council (ICC). He has requested to make it mandatory for all batsmen irrespective of whether facing a spinner or a pacer.
Sachin Tendulkar gave the instance of the incident that occurred during the clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing IPL season. During that game, a ball from Nicholas Pooran hit Vijay Shankar on his head when he was running back to finish the run.
Shankar was lucky to survive the hit. However, Sachin feels that the use of helmets should be compulsory to stay away from such occurrences in the future. These hits can have a lasting effect on the players. And for their safety, Tendulkar thinks it is necessary to use helmets during a cricket game at any level.
During an unfortunate match in 2014, the former Australia batsman, Phil Hughes, was hit in the neck by a bouncer. He was playing at a Sheffield Shield game in Sydney. Hughes died after two days of the incident. After this incident, ICC has already toughened helmet standards. However, no officials from ICC were immediately available to comment on the suggestion of the master-blaster.
“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,” Sachin Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.
Team India head coach Ravi Shastri supported Sachin Tendulkar on the cause
Sachin went on further and tagged the head coach of Team India, Ravi Shastri to his suggestion post. He reminded Ravi Shastri about the incident where Shastri himself was once hit on his head when he top-edged a full-toss bowled by Sunil Gavaskar in an exhibition game.
@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! — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 3, 2020
The twist in Sachin’s suggestion came when Ravi Shastri went on to answer by supporting Sachin Tendulkar’s suggestion. The head-coach said wearing helmets should definitely be made mandatory at all levels before adding a fun note that he plays the full-tosses of Gavaskar a ‘lot better’ now.
”You are dead right, @sachin_rt. Wearing of helmets should be mandatory at all levels. PS: I can now play Mr. Gavaskar’s full tosses a lot better” Ravi Shastri responded.