Pacers are considered to be more likely to get injured in cricket because of the effort and pressure necessary in generating the appropriate delivery. In similarly, retired speedster Shoaib Akhtar expressed his thoughts on one of India’s finest effective pacers, Jasprit Bumrah. If Bumrah’s career is to survive, he’ll have to be handled properly, according to Akhtar. Shoaib Akhtar on Bumrah
Bumrah’s normal bowling motion, according to Akhtar, exposes him to ailments that might potentially terminate his future if he is overworked. In 2019, the Indian bowler was sidelined for a portion of the year due to back issues. Bumrah’s bowling movement is centered on “frontal action,” according to the former great, and it has a significant impact on the back.
“His bowling is based on frontal action. Players with that action bowl with their backs and shoulder speed. We used to be side-on, and that is compensation. Front action has no compensation and with that action, when the back blows out, you can’t escape it irrespective of how much you try,” said Akhtar in an Interaction.
Bumrah needs to think in this way, ‘I played a match, took an off, and go to rehab’: Akhtar
Many bowlers have blown their backs, according to Akhtar, since their movements were predicated on frontal movement. Shane Bond and Ian Bishop met the same fate, which is why he believes Bumrah should be carefully utilized. To minimize his workload, the former pacer believes the Gujarat pacer must play 3 out of 5 international matches.
“I saw (Ian) Bishop’s back blowing out, Shane Bond’s back blowing out, and both has frontal actions. Bumrah now needs to think in this way, ‘I played a match, took an off, and go to rehab’. He needs to manage. If you play him every match, in one year, he will completely break down. Play him three matches out of five and take him out. Bumrah will have to manage this one thing if he wants to last forever,” Akhtar concluded.