Indian duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jaydev Unadkat have demanded the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) to introduce face masks in the wake of Ashok Dinda incident, which saw the pacer survive a massive scare after being hit on the forehead with a ball.
Unadkat was the first to demand protection for the bowlers on the very same day when Dinda suffered injury. Taking to Twitter, the left-arm medium pacer suggested that such incidents have become regular, which calls for some action. He even asked Ravichandran Ashwin to give his take on this.
Ashwin, on February 14, concurred with his fellow national teammate, suggesting that ever since the T20 format has popular, these type of incidents have been taking place.
On February 11, Dinda had survived a massive injury scare during Bengal's T20 practice game for Mushtaq Ali Championship. The incident took place when the batsman hit the ball fiercely straight back at the bowler. Dinda tried to catch the ball, but was too late to react, which resulted in the ball hitting his forehead.
He fell to the ground instantly, and the players surrounded and checked up him, fearing a serious injury. The physio and medical staff immediately reached the spot and took note of the hit he suffered.
Fortunately for Dinda, the CT scan and reports suggested that the injury wasn't much serious. The Cricket Association of Bengal said that he will be fine soon, and a couple of days rest is all that is required.