With cricket’s evolution over the years, players’ safety has become a key focus point. The International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of the game has introduced a numerous ways to help and protect the players from incurring deadly injuries and the helmet is one part of it.
While initially there was open helmet for the players, it has developed massively over the years and new tech have been introduced. This was to prevent players getting injuries from the fiery bowling.
While Helmet is there for protection of a player, there are a couple of players who instead prefers to take off the helmet to play agressive cricket against spin bowlers.
Today in this article, we take a look at 5 players who takes off helmet and becomes and even more dangerous batsman.
Australian T20I skipper Aaron Finch, who most recently announced his decision to retire from ODI cricket, is one of those player who prefer to take off helmet and become an even more dangerous batsman without helmet. Finch is considered among some of the top pinch-hitters of the game.
Indian all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer came to spotlight after his scintillating batting performance as a opener for the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in his debut season in 2021. He is a kind of player who starts a little slow but once he is settled in, he is even more dangerous, especially when he takes off his helmet.
Pakistan cricket team’s legendary batter Shoaib Malik is a kind of a player who likes to build a inning instead of playing aggressive cricket. But once he takes off his helmet, he is a different version of himself. A great example of it would be from the 2021 T20 World Cup match against Scotland when Malik unleashed on Scottish bowlers without helmet.
Indian cricket team’s middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer is considered to be among one of the greats in playing spin bowling. Iyer’s performance takes to another level against spin bowlers when he takes off his helmet. There are a lot of example of Iyer destroying the opposition without helmet.
Former Indian cricket team’s captain MS Dhoni is one of those players who is very famous while playing without helmet. Dhoni is one of the world’s best finisher and when he takes off the helmet and get a cap on, you can just guess that Dhoni is going to take it to the next level.