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Bowlers will have to operate differently to get lateral movement, says Ishant Sharma
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Bowlers will have to operate differently to get lateral movement, says Ishant Sharma

The world's best fast bowlers will now have to change their ways in order to get lateral movement, according to Ishant Sharma.

Bowlers usually get swing by applying saliva or sweat on the ball. However, the use of saliva has been prohibited by the ICC amid the risk of coronavirus. Sharma, in an online discussion, said players will ultimately get used to whatever the protocols are.

"I feel cricketers will have to get used to the new normal, whatever that is," he said.

Last week, the Australian Institute of Sport issued new guidelines, which explicitly forbade applying spit or sweat on the ball. That prompted former Australian captain Ian Chappell to suggest some form of tampering to make things easier for the bowlers.

"With cricket on hold, this is the ideal time to conduct the exercise," Chappell said.

"Using saliva and perspiration are now seen as a health hazard, so bowlers require something to replace the traditional methods of shining the ball."

All forms of cricket have been put on the halt due to the coronavirus, with no such indication when sports will resume.

India has extended a nationwide lockdown until May 31, with the BCCI saying it won’t rush into any decision on the IPL.

Ishant, who made his Test debut in 2007, has been in and out of the side due to injuries and inconsistent performances, but his statistics have improved drastically over the last few years.

The 31-year-old credits his 2018 stint with Sussex, which turned around his fortunes.

"People keep saying Ishant 2.0, which it makes it sound like I am a robot. But the phase before 2017 was one when the pressure to perform was a lot," he said.

"It gave me sleepless nights, and I hardly found any joy in my bowling. My county stint with Sussex was what changed everything."