Ishant Sharma WTC final
Ishant Sharma explained how a bowler can take wickets on England pitches without using saliva.

Veteran India pacer Ishant Sharma has said that the Dukes balls will swing in England conditions even if no saliva is applied to it.

Indian team is all set to face New Zealand in the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final, starting on June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Ahead of the summit clash, Ishant explained how a bowler can take wickets on England pitches without using saliva.

What did Ishant Sharma say?

Ishant said that a “maintained ball” makes it easier for a bowler to take wickets in English conditions.

The 32-year-old feels that the current restrictions on the usage of saliva will not be a hindrance for swing in the forthcoming match. He pointed out that a “maintained ball” makes it easier for a bowler to take wickets in English conditions.

“I think it is not that difficult. I think the ball will swing even without saliva and somebody needs to take responsibility to maintain the ball. And if the ball is maintained well in these conditions, then it becomes easier for the bowlers to take wickets,” Ishant said on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show.

ICC banned the use of saliva

ICC had imposed a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had imposed a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball in order to limit the spread of novel coronavirus among the players and support staff.  

If a player applies saliva to the ball, the on-field umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players. But subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning.

Ishant Sharma’s record in England

Ishant already has the best innings figures for India in England – 7/74.

Ishant had emerged as the highest wicket-taker for his side the last time India toured England for bilateral series in 2018. The speedster had picked up 18 wickets in five Tests at an average of 24.28.

Ishant already has the best innings figures for India in England – 7/74 and he is expected to play a big role for Kohli & Co. yet again.

India and New Zealand squads for WTC final

India and New Zealand squads for upcoming clash in Southampton.

India – Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha

New Zealand – Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner BJ Watling, Will Young

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