Author: Abhishek Rajan
Jasprit Bumrah had to miss a large part of the recently finished home season because of the stress fracture he suffered while bowling in the Test series against West Indies.
While he is back now, he has played just a handful of limited-over games since his recovery. He hasn’t looked in any kind of discomfort while bowling, but the question is if India should rush him into Test cricket on the tour of New Zealand?
Bumrah didn’t play any first-class cricket before making his international comeback. He had to play a first-class game, but he was allowed to skip it eventually after the intervention of the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
By Bumrah’s own admission, he didn’t want to play first-class cricket because he didn’t want to put his body under a lot of stress straightaway and wanted to ease himself back into the game “gradually”.
Bumrah’s injury was not an external injury which he sustained on the field. It was a stress fracture which was a result of more than appropriate workload for a period of time.
Bumrah played most of the games for India in all formats during their overseas cycle of 2017-19 when India toured South Africa, England and Australia and he is not someone who has a conventional bowling action.
Every time Bumrah bowls a delivery, it takes more out of his body than somebody like Mohammed Shami who has a smooth bowling action and who doesn’t have to put his body under as much stress in his bowling stride as Bumrah has to.
Bowlers with unconventional bowling action are always in danger of external injuries, but external injuries are not in the control of the team management or anyone for that matter.
However, what’s in the management’s control is to make sure than the bowler doesn’t get injured because of the workload.
Bowlers like Bumrah put more stress on their body than a bowler is supposed to put, anyway. If they are put under the stress of more workload as well, it’s just a matter of time that their fitness will be compromised.
Given the fact that Bumrah is going to be a key asset for India in the global white ball events in the next four years, the Indian captain and the team management should be a little careful in terms of how they want to use him in Test cricket.
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