With the outburst of coronavirus every vertical of life witnessed a lot of damage and the sports world too watched its share of distress. Cricket also suffered a lot due to the ongoing pandemic. For months, cricket saw a complete shutdown and when it finally got a go ahead, a lot of changes and new set of rules were imposed on the players. And, one such rule was the banning the use of saliva for shining the ball.
Players are restricted from using saliva on the ball. There had been a lot of debate on this issue but the new rule was given a green signal. However, the players have now come up with a new solution to the problem. During the Test match played in Brisbane between India and Australia, Indian batsman Mayank Agarwal showed a new technique of shining the ball.
While Shardul Thakur was going to complete his over, Mayank Agarwal rubbed and shone the ball with sweat on his arm. The incident was captured and the video is going viral on social media as cricket.com.au shared the clip and captioned it as “Modern-day shining techniques”.
The Test series between India and Australia is being played in a bio-bubble environment to ensure the safety of the players and staff associated with the teams. The players are restricted to meet the other players who are on different floors and only limited movement is allowed.