On the opening day of the ongoing second Test between England and Pakistan, Stuart Broad looked in some sort of discomfort while breathing. Bowling just his fourth over of the day, the England star was seen asking for an inhaler although he did not receive it straightaway.
After a while, he received the help as he managed to remain on the field. Well, the fact that he suffers from asthma is not a secret. During the 2015 Ashes, the England legend had revealed about his medical condition. He had revealed that because of a premature birth, he has half a lung less. Consequently, he needs the inhaler at times to cure asthma.
The fact that Stuart Broad suffers from asthma and is still one of the greatest pacers in Test cricket is nothing less than astonishing. Having made his debut way back in 2007, he has been an integral part of England’s Test team over the years. So far, he has picked up a staggering 507 wickets while surviving the rigours of fast-bowling in international cricket with one and a half lungs.
Until the Ashes five years back, Broad had kept his asthma hidden, and it was during the pre-training camp that he revealed to his teammates of being a lung short than others.
“One night we were asked to provide a piece of information about ourselves that no one else knew, with the notion of being open with each other,” Broad had once written in the Daily Mail. “I shocked the boys a little when I told them I only had one and a half lungs because I was born three months premature.
“I explained that because I was so tiny when I was born, basically at death’s door, one of my lungs never fully developed. That’s why I’m asthmatic and carry an inhaler. It has never affected me as a sportsman, but the idea that I’ve played my entire career with half a lung less than everybody else is quite amazing when you think about it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan are in a precarious position in the ongoing Test. At the end of the first day, they were reeling at 126 for 5. England are leading the three-match series after winning the first Test in Manchester by three wickets.