Not even a week after defeating the Kiwis in a three One Day International match series, the Indian team is already net practicing for the upcoming T20 International series against the visiting team. While Virat Kohli & Co. were spotted giving their 100% at the nets, bowler Kuldeep Yadav was noticed doing something weird. The Indian left-arm wrist spinner was seen wetting the ball with mineral water after every second delivery. He was bowling to Dinesh Karthik in the nets.
Later, even pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was seen adopting the same technique. But why were they wetting the ball before every other delivery?
The reason is somewhat simple. The technique was adopted by Yadav as a strategy to counter the dew factor that often changes the dynamics of a game in a crunch situation. The idea was conceived by bowling coach Bharat Arun, who thought it to be the best way to practice, especially because during wintry months on Indian fields dew often becomes the decisive factor in a day-and-night match where the bowlers find it hard to grip the ball rightly.
Practicing bowling with wet balls will help Indian bowlers to gain more control of dew conditions when the ball becomes slippery due to wetness. A wet ball also skids off the pitch, making it quite easy for the batsmen to strike better shots.
Wet conditions are all the more difficult for wrist spinners like Kuldeep as there are more chances of the wet ball simply slipping out of hand, wasting a delivery that could be punished for a 6 boundary by a good batsman.
India takes on the visiting Kiwi team today at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium for their maiden T20 match of the series.