Team India’s fast bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah is currently out of action due to a lower back injury he sustained leading to the Test series against South Africa. Former West Indies legend Michael Holding feels Bumrah needs to work on his action to prolong his cricketing career.

The national selectors and the management have been working tirelessly to manage Bumrah’s workload which has been a concern for them. Jasprit Bumrah is injury prone due to his awkward action and has only played against West Indies in the Test series since the World Cup.

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He was also a part of the Test squad against South Africa but an untimely injury ruled him out of action. He is likely to sit out for the Bangladesh series as well as it will take at least four to six weeks for the star pacer to recover.

Michael Holding. Photo Credit: Bipin Patel/Cricinfo.

In the wake of it, former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding advised Jasprit Bumrah to work on his action and run to extend his cricketing career. He also drew the example of England’s Jofra Archer, who has more smooth and complete action.

“I wouldn’t be able to say that Bumrah’s action has caused him to have stress fractures as I have no idea where those stress fractures have occurred, but what I know and have said to him is this: If he wants to have a long career, he needs to have a run-up and action that puts a bit less stress on his body overall,” Holding told Sportstar.

Jasprit Bumrah. Credit: Getty Images

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“Using such a short run and being so explosive at the crease puts a lot more stress on his body than, say, a Joffra Archer, who has such a smooth rhythmical run-up and action that allows him to distribute the workload over his body more efficiently,” he added.

Furthermore, Michael Holding believes there is too much cricket played which is also a reason for constant injuries. Jasprit Bumrah has been India’s premier bowler for the past two years, taking 62 wickets in 12 Tests and 103 ODI wickets in 58 ODIs. The management will hope to manage his workload to keep him fully fit for the ICC World T20 next year in Australia.

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