Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Getty Images)

Last Update on: March 21st, 2023 at 02:57 pm

Jasprit Bumrah has been sidelined with a back injury for months now. Having played his last match back in September 2022, there has not been any indication of his return since. Ex-Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir now claims that the Indian quick will find it difficult to return to the fold following recovery in a recent interview.

The Mumbai Indians pacer was not in contention for the ongoing IND Vs AUS series. Reports also claim that he will miss the entire IPL 2023 season. His recovery could take up to 6 months.

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Having struggled with knee injuries for much of his career, Tanvir cited his example while justifying his stance. He claimed that recovery after undergoing a massive injury for a fast bowler is always a challenge.

Sohail went on to say that even if one fully recovers from such injuries, they might find it difficult to regain their old rhythm.

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“Muscular injuries such as hammies (hamstring) even if it sidelines you for months, when you return your body is normal. But when you return from major injuries, for example knee or back and you’ve gone through a surgery, then it’s very difficult. When you start playing again it takes time to regain the old rhythm.”

Sohail Tanvir did specify that he is not fully aware of Bumrah’s recovery situation but highlighted that returning pacers don’t immediately find their rhythm.

“I’m not sure about Bumrah’s situation but pacers returning after a major surgery need time to regain the old rhythm. I’m not saying pacers don’t reach there, but not immediately. Woh aaya toh aapko wahi Bumrah nazar na aaye. (When Bumrah returns then you might not see the old him) Maybe it could take time.” said Tanvir

Jasprit Bumrah last represented India on the pitch in a T20I against Australia on September 25, 2022, in Hyderabad.

“He will break down” Shoaib Akhtar claims Jasprit Bumrah’s action is not sustainable

Reacting to reoccurring injuries suffered by Jasprit Bumrah over the past few years, ex-Pakistani quick Shoaib Akhtar has claimed that the Indian pacer’s unusual bowling action, coupled with poor workload management has made him injury prone.

Breaking down Bumrah’s bowling action, Akhtar explained how the mechanics of his action leads the Indian’s body “breaking down.”

“He has this front-on action and when he loads up before delivering the bowl he puts a lot of pressure on his spinal cord. We used to be side-on, and bowlers like me we could take help from our hips, thighs, from left hand as well and that used to compensate (for the pressure on the back). Unfortunately, Jasprit doesn’t have that leverage,”

The Rawalpindi Express went on to say that playing Jasprit in all three formats was not feasible, and has resulted in him becoming injury prone.

“The amount of cricket he has played he will break down. He was a regular in all three formats then he was playing IPL. His action is not that sustainable.”

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