England all-rounder Ben Stokes mistakenly utilized saliva on the ball and the umpires have been fast to wash the ball with sanitizer.
Within the occasions of the COVID-19 pandemic, cricket is being performed with a number of new guidelines to make sure that the gamers and officers stay protected. One of many predominant guidelines has been the ban on saliva use which was an integral a part of the sport. The gamers used to use saliva on the ball to keep up shine as a way to extract swing and reverse swing.
However within the occasions of the pandemic, the gamers have been barred by the ICC from utilizing saliva. Nonetheless, they’re allowed to use sweat on the ball. So far as the gamers are involved, they’ve finished very well to make sure that they don’t use saliva on the ball since cricket resumed in July final 12 months. Nonetheless, there have been some distinctive circumstances when gamers mistakenly utilized saliva to the ball.
And such a case was witnessed on Wednesday throughout day one of many ongoing third Check between India and England in Ahmedabad. England all-rounder Ben Stokes mistakenly utilized saliva on the ball and the umpires have been fast to wash the ball with sanitizer. As per the foundations, England might be slapped with a five-run penalty if every other participant from their workforce commits the error once more.
Cricket within the #COVID19 period! Umpire sanitising the ball after Ben Stokes used saliva. The subsequent time somebody does so, the batting workforce will get 5 runs.#INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/cuwPxPoxK8
— Samanway Banerjee (@qriosam) February 24, 2021
India on driver’s seat
Speaking concerning the recreation, India have taken agency command of the proceedings in Ahmedabad regardless of dropping the toss. Joe Root’s determination to bowl first fully backfired as India bowled England out for a paltry 112 at a venue the place a global recreation is being performed for the primary time since 2014. Except for Zak Crawley, England’s batsmen by no means actually regarded comfy because the guests lasted lower than 49 overs.
Crawley, who scored 53, was the one participant to attain greater than 20 runs as seven England gamers failed to the touch the double-digit mark. For India, native boy Axar Patel starred with the ball. Having picked up a five-wicket haul on his debut within the final Check, Axar struck on his very first supply to take away the harmful Jonny Bairstow.
The left-arm spinner went on to take 5 extra wickets to complete with career-best figures of 6 for 38. Senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin additionally did nicely with the ball as he picked up three essential wickets together with the prized scalp of England skipper Root. Ishant Sharma picked the opposite wicket.