Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

Former Pakistan gun fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels if Jasprit Bumrah plays every match, there will be chances that he will break in one year.

Shoaib Akhtar warns Jasprit Bumrah

“His bowling is based on frontal action. Players with that action bowl with their backs and shoulder speed. We used to be side-on, and that is compensation. Front action has no compensation and with that action, when the back blows out, you can’t escape it irrespective of how much you try,” Akhtar said on Sports Tak.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah

“I saw Bishop’s back blowing out, Shane Bond’s back blowing out, and both has frontal actions. Bumrah now needs to think in this way, ‘I played a match, took an off, and go to rehab’. He needs to manage. If you play him every match, in one year, he will completely break down. Play him three matches out of five and take him out. Bumrah will have to manage this one thing if he wants to last forever.”

Akhtar recalled that he told Pakistan Cricket Board not to make him play all the five ODIs of a series and it had an impact on his knee.

“I kept telling Pakistan Cricket Board, ‘do not make me play all five matches. I am a three ODI fast bowler and by knees won’t allow it’. When I started my years in 1997, my knees couldn’t take the pressure. Whenever I played five matches, my knees would get filled with water and my movement went away. I got tired of asking them to use me in three matches out of five but unfortunately, I had to manage this myself,” he pointed out.

Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Bumrah will be seen in action in the five-match Test series against England.