Umpires Need Helmets – Yeshwant Barde Talks About His ‘Near Miss’ In the SRH vs RR Game

Yeshwant Barde

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 has been a thrilling spectacle of cricket, with each match bringing its share of excitement and suspense. One such moment of high drama occurred during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), where umpire Yeshwant Barde narrowly escaped a powerful straight drive from Rovman Powell.

Just like a tracer bullet: Yeshwant Barde on his escape from the ball

In the 17th over of the match, Powell smashed a Marco Jansen delivery straight down the ground for four runs. The ball, described as moving ‘just like a tracer bullet’, was headed directly towards Barde. Displaying quick reflexes, Barde managed to duck just in time, avoiding what could have been a serious injury.

This incident has once again brought to the forefront the issue of umpire safety in cricket. Umpires, who are an integral part of the game, are often exposed to the risk of injury from the ball. Unlike players, they do not wear protective gear, making them vulnerable to such incidents.

The incident involving Barde is not the first of its kind. Earlier in the season, during a match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, Barde was hit on the shin by a ball deflected off the bowler’s hand. Despite the pain, Barde continued to officiate the match, showing his dedication and professionalism.

These incidents highlight the need for additional safety measures for umpires. The idea of umpires wearing helmets or other protective gear has been discussed in various cricketing circles. However, the implementation of such measures has been slow. Incidents like these underscore the urgency of this issue.

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