Not much weight in Shane Warne's weighted ball theory

CHENNAI: Despite the fact that live cricket action is in the background for the time being due to Covid-19, the steps to follow for the sport to resume are being discussed once the pandemic recedes.

Most of these discussions have centered around the ball, after ICC The medical committee suggested that it would be dangerous to use saliva or sweat to make the ball shine under current circumstances.

Australian spin-leg legend Shane warne is the last to comment on the ongoing debate. Warne has suggested using a weighted ball, similar to a duct tape tennis ball, where one side is heavier than the other, to allow the ball to swing without need. to shine it

According to Warne, it will help fast players move laterally even on flat fields and will also eliminate the inconvenient issue of ball manipulation . Up until now, the suggestions had been to allow the use of an external substance to shine the ball, which would require the ICC to alter its laws on ball manipulation .

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Why can't the ball be weighed on one side so that it always sways? It would be like a recorded tennis ball, Warne offered during a conversation on a Sky Sports podcast. You shouldn't have to worry about anyone tampering with the ball with bottle caps, sandpaper, or whatever. It would be a good bat-to-ball competition, he added.

While Warne might have thought of the idea, it will take a lot of collective brainstorming before such a proposal can take substantial form.

For the former player from India Chetan Sharma Warne's proposal is not a start. The 54-year-old believes there is no need to play the game, adding that this phase where sports activity has stopped will eventually pass. I think we are complicating things too much. Let cricket be what it is. Let's not make it a circus. According to me, cricket can resume once the pandemic subsides. If all the players who play a particular match are negative, what is the problem? that problem? That is the only way. Let's not modify the game, said Sharma, who played 23 tests and 65 ODI for India, told TOI on Tuesday.

According to Sharma, the use of saliva or sweat on the ball is inevitable simply because human nature is for people to touch their mouths and faces from time to time.

These discussions about not putting saliva or sweat on the ball are not practical. It is natural for you to touch your lips and forehead. Naturally, when you touch the ball, the ball will have your saliva or sweat. When your mouth gets dry or when you drink water, don't you clean your mouth? It is inevitable, he added.

While the glitter on the ball helps pacemakers extract movement, leggie Piyush Chawla He noted that it also helps spinners. Shining on the ball helps spinners drift. If it's a turning track, it doesn't make a difference. But on good pitches, spinners also need that sparkle to deflect and trick hitters, he noted.

However, when it comes to bowling with a weighted ball, Chawla said he has no experience serving. I don't know about bowling with a weighted ball. I have only used recorded tennis balls to practice hitting against swing pins. Therefore, I am not sure how a spinner will be affected by a taped or weighted ball.