Bumrah suffered from back issues in 2019.
It is a known fact that pacers are much prone to injuries in the game of cricket owing to the strength and stress involved in producing the required ball. In the same line of events, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar shared his opinion on one of the most successful pacers of India and that is Jasprit Bumrah. Akhtar added that Bumrah will have to be dealt with carefully if his career has to last long.
Akhtar stated that Bumrah’s typical bowling action exposes him to injuries that can technically end his career if he is overused. The Indian pacer suffered from back problems in 2019 and was out of action for a part of that year. The former great explained that Bumrah’s bowling action is based on ‘frontal action’ and it affects the back rigorously.
“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 a 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 while speaking to Sports Tak.
Jasprit Bumrah will have to manage if wants to last: Akhtar
Akhtar went on to explain that he has seen many bowlers blowing their backs as their actions were based on frontal action. Shane Bond and Ian Bishop suffered the same fate and this is why he feels that Bumrah should be utilized properly. The former speedster reckoned that the Gujarat pacer should be played three out of five international matches to manage his workload.
“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.