Irfan Pathan picked up a hattrick against Pakistan in Test cricket. (Source: Twitter)

Former India fast bowler Irfan Pathan believes that if the first Test played in a biologically safe environment between England and West Indies is considered indicative, then fast bowlers around the world should forget the reverse swing for the moment. Another former bowler from India, Ashish Nehra, says that the way Jimmy Anderson was bowling short of a length, it seems that due to lack of saliva, even normal swing is not available.

Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, international cricket was restored with new methods that prohibited the use of saliva to shine the ball. Nehra said, “Anderson was bowling short of length ball many times while he never did that. The Duke was not taking the ball swing because there was no glare without saliva. He was unable to perform even half of his capacity.

Pathan, who sees Mark Wood and Jofra Archer bowling for the fifth day, believes bowlers should forget about the reverse swing from the old ball for some time. He said, ‘Saliva is thick and it has more effect on the reverse swing. Until the corona epidemic continues, the use of saliva will be banned and the pace bowlers are going to be difficult.

When asked about its solution, Pathan said, “Allow the use of external matter or forget that reverse swing is also something.” Make pitches suited to seam bowling. He said, “You hit the seam again, the action will continue or the matches will be one-sided.” On how Kookaburra will play in Australia, former wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta said that bowlers of all teams will face problems. He said, “Australian pitches are flat and the Kookaburra seam will be over after 20 overs. In such a case, reverse swing will not be available without saliva. Indian bowlers will have a lot of trouble dealing with double pressure.

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