Himachal Pradesh all-rounder Rishi Dhawan has got his first game in IPL 2022. He was selected in the Punjab Kings playing XI for the game against Chennai Super Kings. While he did not get a chance to bat, the player got an opportunity with the ball in the powerplay itself. However, Rishi Dhawan turned up with a headgear, which surprised many. In this article, we take a look at the reason why Rishi Dhawan is wearing a faceguard while playing in IPL 2022.
Rishi Dhawan is wearing a faceguard while playing in IPL 2022
The 2022 Vijay Hazare Trophy-winning captain is playing an IPL game after almost six years. Rishi was last part of an IPL encounter back in May 2016. Hence, it has been a while since he has taken part in the Indian T20 league.
Many were left wondering after Rishi came to bowl with a faceguard. However, it is because of his recent injury that he has taken extra precaution. In the recent Ranji Trophy, he was hit on his nose on the follow through and had to be taken to a hospital. Hence, to be on the safer side, he has come up with the safety measure.
For all those wondering why Rishi Dhawan is wearing a face guard : Rishi Dhawan has a nose injury, he dislocated it when a ball hit him during practice and had to go through a minor surgery. To protect it from any further risk of damage, he is wearing it. #PBKSvCSK
— Roshan Rai 🇮🇳 (@Roshan_Kr_Rai) April 25, 2022
Good on Rishi Dhawan to be wearing a face shield. Was hit on the face by a ball on his follow through during the second round of Ranji Trophy. Had to be taken to hospital for scans.
— Venkata Krishna B (@venkatatweets) April 25, 2022
It might be a common practice going forward
While it is new for bowlers to don an extra piece of gear on their faces, it may not be a surprise if this becomes a common sight as we go forward. Batters these days hit the ball extremely hard and it is dangerous if the bowler comes in between. We have already seen many injuries in this manner occur. Hence, to remain on the safer side, players might decide to have a faceguard to protect them. In fact, the umpires are also in similar danger, although they have more time to react. Even umpires could think of using such a guard in future.