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Tendulkar Has Opened The Debate For Making Helmets Mandatory For Batsmen At All Time

By IANS News
Nov 03, 2020 • 15:31 PM

Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday called on the authorities to make the use of helmet mandatory for batsmen at the professional level.

The Indian batting maestro, who rarely batted without a helmet during his playing days, tweeted a video of an incident from an October 24 IPL 2020 match between Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) and SunRisers Hyderabad(SRH).

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During the game, Vijay Shankar was hit on the face by a throw from KXIP fielder Nicholas Pooran while the SRH batsman was reaching the crease to complete a run.

"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," said Tendulkar along with the video.

He then tagged Team India head coach Ravi Shastri in another tweet and said, "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!"

In recent times, there have been demands to use helmets with extra protection like neck guard after Australian batsman Phil Hughes died in a Sheffield Shield game in November 2014. The batsman was hit below the helmet on the left upper side of his neck by a delivery from Sean Abbott.

Companies have also begun to redesign helmets.