“It’s unfortunate, I feel India could have…” – Shoaib Akhtar’s big statement on Jasprit Bumrah amidst the latter’s injury concerns

By Daniel S

March 21, 2023

Former legendary Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has come up with a big statement on Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action. Akhtar went on to say that the latter’s action is unsustainable. The 47-year-old reckoned it as one of the main reasons for Bumrah’s exclusion of from Asia Cup 2022 in August 2022 followed by an absence from a few major international assignments. It also included the 20-20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

Later on, Shoaib Akhtar also came up with a few pieces of advice both to the Indian team management and Jasprit Bumrah as well. He also stressed the fact that the amount of cricket Bumrah played before being ruled out was not fair with the sort of action he has had.

“The amount of cricket he has played he will break down. He was a regular in all three formats then he was playing in the Indian T20 League. His action is not that sustainable. It’s unfortunate, I feel India could have managed him a bit better. And he himself should have been more aware of which format he should play and which he should skip,” said Akhtar to Sports Tak.

“Unfortunately, Jasprit doesn’t have that leverage.” – Shoaib Akhtar on Jasprit Bumrah

“He has this front-on action and when he loads up before delivering the bowl, he puts a lot of pressure on his spinal cord. We used to be side-on, and bowlers like me could take help from our hips, thighs, from left hand as well, and that used to compensate (for the pressure on the back). Unfortunately, Jasprit doesn’t have that leverage,” he added later.

Talking about Akhtar himself, he was currently in action with Asia Lions in the just-concluded Legends League Cricket 2023. Asia Lions, under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi, clinched the title of the tournament by defeating World Giants in the final of the tournament. Both teams played this final at the West End Park International Cricket Stadium in Doha on Monday, the 20th of March.