IPL 2022: Rishi Dhawan’s face guard becomes talking point of PBKS vs CSK

IPL fans were in for a curious surprise when Punjab Kings bowler Rishi Dhawan wore some kind of head protection who came in to bowl the 5th over against Chennai Super Kings on Monday.

Dhawan bowled a decent little 5th over, yielding just 7 runs but his face guard was the talk of the town as netizens wondered what it was.

This is not a unique thing as five years back in 2017, in a T20 game in Hamilton, Otago’s Warren Barnes is said to have become the first bowler to wear a protective visor. 

It was a mix between baseball visor and a track cyclist’s helmet, that he had himself designed with the help of his coach.

Barnes felt he needed the protection as he tended to drop his head on the release of the ball and lost sight for that fraction of a second when a missile might well be launched by the batsman.

Andrew Ellis, another New Zealand player, also sported a customized helmet in 2019 when bowling.

Ellis was seen sporting a helmet seen more common in baseball than cricket on the field in the match between Canterbury and Northern Districts in a Ford Trophy match back in 2019.

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