Ball Boy / Girl
- Jan 27, 2020
Correct I feel. I learned to bat in pre-helmet days, which instilled disciplines of self-preservation which are not important nowadays, getting hit was rare because players were taught to avoid it or they would not survive, also some of the shots today e.g. ramp, scoop etc. would just not be possible without a helmet. Increased protection is necessary but a false sense of security should not go with it.There is little doubt that the number of cricketers struck on the head since the introduction of helmets has increased. There are a number of factors: increased target (for want of a better word) area; change of technique - previously it was all about avoidance, now the fear factor has lessened and players get into line more and play forward more; tailenders no longer protected by the 'fast bowlers union'.
Of course in cricket the problem is not repeated, concussive blows but the threat of one, deadly blow. As long as the helmet protects against the latter, an increase to a still small number of the former is acceptable.