Jasprit Bumrah: Without much of doubt, India has done exceedingly well in last few years across the three formats much due to the sensational performance of their bowlers. India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has played a pivotal role in the short span of his career towards the success of the Indian team in all the three formats. However, former legendary all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee reckons that only time will tell whether Bumrah can lengthen his cricket career with this king of unorthodox bowling action.
In his recent interview to Times of India, former New Zealand fast bowling all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee voiced his opinion with regards to the longevity of Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah’s cricketing career. Hadlee stated that Bumrah might face more injury issue due to his uncanny bowling action as compared to the other fast bowlers who have a classical technique. The former Kiwi cricketer also mentioned that the Indian pacer is very much vulnerable to sustaining severe stress related injuries.
“Jasprit’s longevity in the game is yet to be determined. I suspect he could be more vulnerable to injury problems than those fast bowlers with more classical and ‘pure’ actions or techniques. Some of his potential injuries could be severe because of the stresses and strains he places on his body,” said Sir Richard Hadlee during the exclusive interaction with Times of India.
“I hope any injuries he may incur will not be potentially career-ending because he is a delight to watch, and he causes batsmen all sorts of problems with his unsuspecting pace, bounce, and ball movement in the air and off the pitch,” he added.
In 19 Tests, Jasprit Bumrah has picked up a total of 83 wickets at an average of 22.11 while in the limited-overs formats, the right-arm speedster has scalped 108 and 59 wickets in ODIs and T20Is respectively. Sir Richard Hadlee noted that Bumrah perfectly fits into the category of unorthodox bowling with virtually no run-up to the crease. In the end, the former New Zealand pacer also revealed that it is very tough to coach someone similar to the Indian pacer’s technique as there are a lot of chances of having multiple injuries.
“Being a fast bowler is a highly unnatural thing to do. Running in from 20 paces, gathering pace, taking off at delivery, bowling a ball at 140-150 kilometres, cartwheeling, twisting and turning, following through and then stopping, takes its toll on the body. Then the process is repeated time and time again. Fast bowling is an explosive sequence of highly coordinated movements – it is about rhythm, timing, and coordination and not necessarily about brute strength,” stated Hadlee.
“Jasprit fits into the unorthodox bowling category with virtually no run-up to the crease. His technique in some way defies belief but has proved to be highly effective. He is what I call a shoulder or strength bowler with all his power and pace coming from the final part of his action as he releases the ball. It would be very difficult to coach his technique to an aspiring fast bowler and I think a coach would refrain from doing from that because biomechanically it could cause problems with injury,” the former New Zealand all-rounder concluded.
Jasprit Bumrah will next be seen on the cricket field during the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand scheduled to start from June 18 in Southampton.
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