Mumbai Indians pacer Dhawal Kulkarni was knocked on his helmet while batting in the match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah on Tuesday.
It was the last delivery of the Mumbai Indians innings and Kulkarni managed to hit the ball to long-on and was sprinting for a second run when the throw from SRH skipper David Warner knocked him on the helmet as it came from behind.
But it was good to see that there was no damage due to the throw and Kulkarni comfortably walked back to the pavilion, and later even opened the bowling for the defending champions about 20 minutes later.November 3, 2020
But the former Mumbai Indians batsman and India great Sachin Tendulkar picked the point to reiterate his argument that every batsman in cricket should be made to wear a helmet while they are at the crease.
Tendulkar tweeted immediately after the incident, “Another example of why helmets need to be made mandatory. Thank God my friend @dhawal_kulkarni was wearing one.”
Tendulkar had earlier in the day highlighted the importance of helmets in professional cricket by citing the example of Vijay Shankar's injury during an Indian Premier League 2020 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.
SRH all-rounder Shankar avoided a nasty injury during Match 43 on October 24 when he copped a blow on the head while trying to take a quick single. He would have been seriously hurt had he not been wearing a helmet while batting.
Tendulkar mentioned the incident in his tweet as he urged all batsmen to wear a helmet at professional levels. He also urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to up this issue on priority.
"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 tweeted.
Safety norms and rules regarding head injuries of any sort were changed after the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who suffered a fatal blow on the head while batting in a Sheffield Shield match on November 25, 2014.