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Wary batsmen want better helmets after tragedy

Wary batsmen want better helmets after tragedy
Delhi’s Ranji Trophy probables on Thursday practised at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground and former India U-19 captain Unmukt Chand said he has already told the company which supplies him helmets to give the latest version with better cover.

“I will be leaving for Deodhar Trophy on Friday. I have told my kit sponsors to send me the newly designed helmets. Phil Hughes was wearing Masuri’s older version of helmets. The newly-designed ones have their grills extended till the neck region. So you minimise the possibility of having any exposed area in that delicate part,” Chand, who will play for North Zone, said.

In fact premier helmet manufacturing company Masuri has come up with their new line of helmets ‘Vision Series X-Line’, which covers the region around and below the ear better than the old red Masuri helmet that Hughes was wearing. Veteran India opener and Delhi captain Gautam Gambhir however feels otherwise. “Masuri makes the best helmets and you can’t blame the manufacturer.

The helmet that I wear is not the one that Hughes was wearing. It’s just luck and nothing else. He got hit in a delicate region and it was freak,” Gambhir said.

Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels it’s not about helmets but players should be aware and conscious about wearing all the protective gears while batting. “It’s not about helmets only. I have seen a lot of batsmen not wearing chest guards which I feel is wrong. One can even sustain serious chest injuries or rib-cage fractures. So it’s not only about helmets but also about chest guards,” he said.
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