Veteran pace bowler of the Indian Cricket Team, Ishant Sharma is sure that the ball will swing even without saliva during the marquee ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final. The 32-year old further opined that if the ball is maintained well by someone, the bowlers will have the ease in executing the desired swing.
Last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had banned the use of saliva during matches owing to the coronavirus pandemic situation.
Sharma, who has experience in 101 Tests, said that someone from the squad should be handed the responsibility of ‘maintaining’ the ball.
“I think it is not that difficult. I think the ball will swing even without saliva and somebody needs to take responsibility to maintain the ball. And if the ball is maintained well in these conditions, then it becomes easier for the bowlers to take wickets in these conditions,” Ishant Sharma said on the Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected‘.
He further added that the team needs to adjust to England’s weather training likewise in order to adjust to the lengths of the ball on the pitch there.
“You need to train differently and adapt to the change. In India, you get the reverse swing after some time, but in England, the length is fuller because of the swing. So, you have to adjust to the lengths. It is not easy to force that and the weather here is cooler so it takes time to acclimatize to the weather. And the quarantine makes it difficult because you cannot go to the ground, after IPL we were not allowed to go to the grounds and train. The way you train in the gym and the training on the ground is very different, so you have to adjust to that and it takes time,” he augmented.
The inaugural ICC WTC Final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from June 18-22.
Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket has announced their 15-member squad for the summit clash. Check out the NZ squad here.