Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has grown in stature as one of the effective pace bowlers ever since his debut. Back in 2016, Bumrah made his first international appearance with the men in blue, lacking death bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah created a positive impression straight away by plucking two wickets for 40 runs in ten overs in his first ODI. Since then, the Gujarat bowler has been a trendsetter as all the fast bowlers alongside him have grown into effectual death bowlers.
Nevertheless, despite his reputation of putting batsmen under pressure from the get-go, his run-up and especially the slinging-arm bowling action has come under the scanner. It is also a known fact that Bumrah spent a lot of time after the 2019 World Cup, nursing his injuries. In an interaction in the ICC podcast with former fast-bowling greats Shaun Pollock and Ian Bishop, the 26-year old lanky speedster has spoken about how his run-up came into being.
Jasprit Bumrah spoke on a range of issues, including bowling with the dukes ball, how he developed the outswinger, and most importantly his run-up style before delivering the ball. Earlier former West Indian bowler Michael Holding also expressed concerns about how his body would hold up with that short a run-up and the effort he has to spend in bowling those.
There is no proper reason for action: Jasprit Bumrah
When asked the 26-year old about his short run-up and unique bowling action, he replied by saying has never been taught or coached extensively. While people keep telling him altering his action to prevent any precarious injury, Bumrah kept on developing the strengths, skills, and belief to combat the batsmen.
He went on to say claim that his run-up to the crease is up to eight steps short since his backyard wasn’t capacious; however, regardless of that the speed remains the same. Jasprit Bumrah has so far snapped 68, 104, and 59 scalps in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is respectively at averages of 20.3, 24.4, and 20.2.
“Basically, I have never been coached a lot. No professional coaching or camps. Till date, everything is self-taught, everything, through TV, videos. There is no proper reason for action. I have never really listened to people who told that action needs to be changed, kept on developing on strengths if I could have self belief.
” Paucity of space in his backyard was the reason for such a run-up. Playing in backyard. My run-up is because of that as we didn’t have so much of space, so this (8 step run up) is the longest that you could have had, may be this could have been the case. I have tried longer run-up and nothing changes, speed is still the same so why to run so much.” the lanky speedster said as quoted by India Today.