IPL 2020: "This is why helmet should be mandatory," says Tendulkar after Kulkarni got hit

Tendulkar had showed concern over safety of the batsmen who removed helmet for spinners.

Sachin Tendulkar | GETTY

Mumbai Indians (MI) cricketer Dhawal Kulkarni copped a blow on his helmet against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Tuesday. It reminded everyone of Sachin Tendulkar's tweet about the safety of a batsman earlier the same day.

Sachin had made a post writing about the mandatory use of helmet despite spinners bowling the over. Usually, batsman prefers cap while playing the spinners, but the ex-India cricketer pointed out that they may need a helmet while running between the wickets too.

The tweet came after SRH batsman Vijay Shankar got knocked down after being hit in the helmet by a throw from Kings XI Punjab fielder Nicholas Pooran.

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“The game has become faster but is it getting safer? Recently we witnessed an incident which could’ve been nasty. Be it a spinner or pacer, wearing a HELMET should be MANDATORY for batsmen at professional levels. Request @ICC to take this up on priority,” Tendulkar wrote.

Kulkarni's incident on Tuesday proved Sachin's tweet right once again, as he got hit by a throw on the back of his helmet while running two on the last ball of their innings.

A piece of the helmet can be seen detached after the blow which shows how hard it hit the safety gear. If he wasn't wearing the helmet, it could have been a fatal head injury.

"Another example of why helmets need to be made mandatory. Thank God my friend @dhawal_kulkarni was wearing one.", Sachin posted after the incident.



By Sihyeu Singh - 04 Nov, 2020

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