Shining with saliva: We will follow doctors’ instructions, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Written by Vishal Menon
| Dharamsala |

Updated: March 12, 2020 8:40:20 am

Bhuvneshwar Kumar attends a observe session in Dharmsala. (Source: AP Photo)

Out of the six questions that Bhuvneshwar Kumar needed to discipline in his first media interplay after recovering from sports activities hernia damage, three have been on the coronavirus outbreak and precautions taken by Indian gamers, each on and off the sector. This was not shocking contemplating that 52 constructive instances have been reported to date within the nation and the final sense of panic it has instilled on most of the people.

Bhuvneshwar, although, took on these questions with a refreshing sense of poise.

First-up, he was requested whether or not Indian bowlers would restrict the usage of saliva on the ball within the first ODI towards South Africa in Dharamsala. The 30-year-old admitted {that a} determination on this regard would solely be taken after session with the group docs later within the day.

“Look, we have thought about this issue (of not using saliva) but I can’t comment right now because if we don’t use saliva and if the ball doesn’t swing, then we will get hit and you guys will say that India are not bowling well,” he mentioned, earlier than including: “But it’s a valid point and everything depends on the team meeting that we are scheduled to have today with the doctors. We will just follow their instructions.”

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Bhuvi was then requested whether or not the virus fears would restrict the Indian group’s interactions with their followers. “There are a few dos and don’ts that have been prescribed to us… things like maintaining our personal hygiene and washing our hands regularly. But we cannot stay away from our fans because they love and support us, so these things are unavoidable. Having said that, we will still try to maintain our distance by wearing masks during our interactions with them and while signing autographs,” the pacer defined.

However, on the sector, when the 2 captains stroll out for the toss on Thursday, Virat Kohli and his South African counterpart Quinton de Kock are unlikely to shake arms.

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Finally, the Meerut lad refused to get drawn into speculations surrounding the cancellation of the upcoming Indian Premier League. “I really don’t want to comment on such things right now. It’s a pretty dangerous situation in India, but at this moment, all I can say is that we hope this doesn’t spread any further,” he concluded.

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