Last Update on: December 30th, 2019 at 06:37 pm
Recently updated on December 30th, 2019 at 06:37 pm
The former skipper of the Indian National Cricket Team Kapil Dev once again emphasises that technically-sound player lasts longer in the game of cricket. He believes that a player like Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar can last longer than a batsman like Virender Sehwag, who looks feast for the eyes but not technically sound. Much to the same, he compared Jasprit Bumrah to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Jasprit Bumrah is currently recovering from a back injury, which has kept him out of action since the Test series against West Indies. Even Bhuvneshwar Kumar faced fitness issues earlier; still, Kapil Dev termed Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s stay will be longer as compared to Jasprit Bumrah.
Technique is fundamental – Kapil Dev
The World Cup-winning skipper feels that the action of Jasprit Bumrah will attract injuries while the smoother action like Bhuvneshwar Kumar will last longer. He further explains that Bumrah uses his arm more than his body while Bhuvneshwar Kumar puts his body behind the delivery, which makes a massive difference.
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“Take the example of Bishan Bedi. He was a body bowler, not an arm bowler like most spinners or wrist bowlers. He was technically the best spin bowler because he bowled with the body. Look at Gavaskar as a batsman — technically flawless. Even today, at 70, give him a bat, and he will come out technically very sound. But if a batsman is an ‘eye player’ he is more enjoyable to watch like Virender Sehwag, (GR) Viswanath. Take Sachin Tendulkar. He could have played for another five years because he was technically sound,” Kapil explained.
Jasprit Bumrah uses his arm more than a body
Kapil Dev believes that the world’s number one ODI bowler – Jasprit Bumrah will find it hard to survive the workload of international cricket and will attract more injuries due to his bowling action. Kapil further feels Bumrah’s unusual bowling action has made him more prone to injuries as he tends to use his arm more than the body.
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“So if your bowling action is technically sound, you make a bigger impact. See what happened to (Jasprit) Bumrah, his action attracts injuries. He uses his arm more than a body, so that can be a problem. A bowler like Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) will last longer because he uses his body,” Kapil concluded.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out for Jasprit Bumrah as he only a few years old in international cricket. Though Kapil Dev was right, there are quite a few players, who delivered the goods in the game of cricket despite having an awkward technique.