Could an Indian Helmet have Saved the Batsman?

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  • Doctors might believe that Phillip Hughes was at the receiving end of a freakish injury but many believe that safer headgear could have prevented this tragedy .
  • Hughes was using the Masuri Original Test model helmet which does not protect the back of a batsman's head.
  • Former India wicketkeeper Kiran More is a stakeholder with Forma Sports which supplies helmets to almost all the Indian international players.
  • Even Sachin Tendulkar interacted closely with More during his playing days because he was very particular about his head gear.
  • There are a lot of quality helmets in the market these.
  • The Masuri helmet as compared to the Forma is much more lighter and fancier but it compromises on the safety aspect.
  • More said: The lack of proper grills and enough cushion at the back of the head has always been it's problem.
  • Players like Brian Lara, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul all shifted to the Forma helmets after being hit on the head.
  • Rahul Dravid also switched to Forma after being hit on the head in Bangladesh
  • On the Hughes incident, he said: I am not surprised that this has happened with a Masuri helmet. It leaves a huge gap at the back of the head which is a very dangerous area.
  • Even the grills at the front are not as safe as Forma helmets as Stuart Broad realized after breaking his nose to a delivery from Varun Aaron.
  • Forma Test Helmets come with a soft SRS strap at rear for comfortable fit of the batsmen.
  • More believes just have enough protection at the back of the head is not the answer to the problem.
  • Batsmen should change the helmets every year.
  • The plastic tends to wear-and-tear over time as doesn't remain safe for more than a yearand-a-half.
  • Some cricketers stick with their helmets for 4-5 years which is not at all safe.
  • More said: Every state association should make it compulsory for cricketers to play with only BCCI-approved helmets.
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