Delhi Capitals’ leg-spinner Amit Mishra broke a protocol in the 22nd match of IPL 2021 between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He accidentally applied saliva on the ball and recieved a warning for doing so.
Mishra was coming in to bowl the seventh over of the RCB innings. Out of habit, he applied saliva on the ball. It came to the notice of the on-field umpire Virender Sharma. He gave a warning to the bowler and also conveyed the same to the DC skipper Rishabh Pant. Consequently, the umpire took the ball and sanitized it.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, ICC had banned the use of saliva on the ball last year. As per the regulations, a warning is given if a player breaks the rule. In case of a repeat offence in the game, a penalty of 5 runs is imposed on the fielding team.
It must have been pretty difficult for the players to adapt to the new norms. The fielders have a tendency of applying saliva on the ball to keep it shiny on one side. This method has been used for a number of years. Keeping one side shiny and the other side rough aids reverse swing. However, the rule to ban that will stay in the game for a while.