Mohammed Shami’s absence won’t increase Jasprit Bumrah’s workload: Irfan Pathan | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Former all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels that Mohammed Shami‘s absence might have increased workload on Jasprit Bumrah but the pace spearhead is currently in much better physical condition to handle the demands of Test cricket.
Bumrah, who experienced a lower back stress fracture in 2022, underwent surgery in New Zealand and was sidelined from competitive cricket for 11 months.
He made his comeback during the Ireland T20I series in August last year and has remained injury-free since.
Shami’s absence due to a left ankle injury sustained after his stellar performance in the last year’s ODI World Cup, has added extra responsibility on Bumrah, who is leading India’s bowling attack in the ongoing five-match Test series against England.
“Obviously, Shami’s absence does have an effect but that does not mean chances of injury will increase for Bumrah. His action is absolutely perfect now,” Pathan told PTI TV.
Since his return Bumrah has increased his run-up by a step and also a bigger follow through which puts less load on the back because of his slinging action.
Pathan said there is definitely extra pressure on Bumrah in Shami’s absence as the duo share a healthy bowling partnership.
“When there is pressure from both sides, whether it is Shami taking wickets from one side or Bumrah working quietly from one side…
“Bumrah is taking wickets and Shami is working quietly, their partnership not only reduces the pressure on each other but also augurs well for the team,” the cricketer-turned-commentator said.
Pathan is in awe of Bumrah’s dedication and attitude towards the traditional format of the game.
“I have been a big fan of Jasprit Bumrah’s attitude, especially in Test cricket, the way he has given priority to Test cricket despite injuries,” he said.
“Even if he gets injured, I will salute him because he is trying his best. We all have to always keep this in mind.”
Having lost the first Test against England by 28 runs in Hyderabad, India will look to bounce back and level the series when the second match starts in Visakhapatnam on Friday.
(With inputs from PTI)

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