Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop believes that India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah needs better workload management. Bishop stated that Bumrah should be allowed to skip certain matches and tours to maintain his sharpness and reduce the risk of injuries.
Bumrah has been dealing with injury struggles and has not played for India since September 2022, following a back injury. He was also absent from the T20 World Cup, and there are speculations in the Indian media that he might miss the upcoming IPL.
What Bishop has to say about Jasprit Bumrah ‘s injury?
“Jasprit Bumrah has got an extra sharpness about his bowling when he is at his best, and you want to procure that. He is a match-winner and a difference-maker. Part of India’s success will largely depend on if he is fit or not. So you have to allow him to miss certain games and tours in order to have longevity.”
Bishop in an interview.
The workload of fast bowlers has become a contentious issue in the current ICC era, with many criticizing the scheduling of tournaments. Bishop suggested that Bumrah follow Starc’s example of taking extended breaks from franchise cricket to maintain his physical fitness.
“No bowler can play all the formats continuously. I have two formats and I struggled with my back. Sadly for fans, you have to pick and choose what are the important contests for each player. You’ve got Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc,”
“Starc is probably a good example, he takes time off and takes tournaments off. He is given rest so that he maintains his speed. These bowlers if they don’t have that cutting-edge speed that they had at their prime spells. They just become another of the bowlers of the trend.”
the former player further explained.
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