Watch: Amit Mishra accidentally applies saliva on the ball; on-field umpire gives first warning
The entire country has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the last four days. Meanwhile, a number of overseas players have opted out of the tournament citing coronavirus surge in India. Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone are the players who pulled out of the tournament for obvious reasons.
When the first wave hit the world, all sports-related activities were postponed. Even the cash-rich Indian Premier League was postponed for an indefinite period of time. At that time, the International Cricket Council came up with new rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the norms prescribed by the international cricket body, the bowlers cannot use saliva or sweat to shine the ball. This common rule came into effect due to the coronavirus epidemic. Even the Indian Premier League is also following the same rules.
Amit Mishra accidentally applies saliva to the ball
During the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League at the United Arab Emirates, veteran spinner Amit Mishra was caught salivating the ball. The incident took place during the match between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. David Warner's Sunrisers won the game by 15 runs.
The experienced campaigner was bowling to SRH batsman Jonny Bairstow and it was when he used saliva on the ball. Surprisingly, the spinner did not even notify the umpires regarding the same. Mishra suffered the wrath of the netizens after he used saliva on the ball.
Shockingly even the umpires didn't take any step to sanitize the ball. Similarly, the experienced spinner was once again caught salivating the ball in this season's Indian Premier League. The incident happened during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Amit Mishra was brought in the 6th over of the innings. Just before bowling the first ball of his over, he was caught licking his palms and then used the saliva to shine the ball. Meanwhile, the on-field umpire by the name of Virender Sharma spotted it and then gave the first warning to Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant. Players would get the first warning if they don’t follow the new rules. If players are caught salivating the ball even accidentally for the second time, then a 5-run penalty would be imposed on the team to which the offensive player belongs to.