When it comes to Indian fast bowlers and their routine injuries, something strange is happening. When the BCCI attempted to rush Jasprit Bumrah for the T20 World Cup last year, even the then-chief selector Chetan Sharma acknowledged the error. He had stated in one of the few press conferences he has ever attended, “We tried to hurry up Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah is an outlier because of how injury-prone his actions have always been. However, the tale is different for Prasidh Krishna, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, and Umesh Yadav.
Fast bowlers frequently sustain injuries, and as former India coach Ravi Shastri noted with good reason, “In the last three to four years, there are quite a few who are permanent residents of the NCA,” which is disheartening.
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The main reason behind the injuries of Indian Fast bowlers:
Mohammed Badruddin, Mohammed Shami’s childhood coach, claims that the Indian fast bowlers cannot use the complete strength and conditioning approach.
It is getting harder for coaches to get the 16- and 17-year-olds to skip the gym. They all have Instagram accounts, and the cricketers put their workout videos and images there, which creates a bad example for aspiring cricketers. I constantly tell the young fast bowlers that the ground will give them the stamina, not the gym, which can only form their bodies.
Recent criticism of former India strength and conditioning coach Shanker Basu for creating the same programmes for all Indian players came from former India opener Virender Sehwag. When R. Ashwin was the team mentor of the Punjab Kings, Sehwag recalled one of their conversations, asking, “Why should there be the same programme for Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli? Ashwin informed me he performed clean-and-jerk exercises while he was a member of the Kings XI Punjab because they were popular. Karsan Ghavri, a former Indian pacer, attributes these ongoing injuries solely to gym training.
The moral of the story is that the same gym training is not the solution for all the players. Gym only contributes in building strength, not stamina. Many of the players have had their own methods of training which make them very good at the game. Giving these Indian fast bowlers the same training as all the other players will obviously harm their bodies. Training should be player focused not team focused for maximum efficiency.
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