Broad playing cricket for 14 years with one and a half lungs
English fast bowler Stuart Broad took an inhaler on the field during the first day of the second Test of the series against Pakistan. Many television viewers were surprised to see this cricketer suddenly take an inhaler. But there is a sad story behind Broad’s condition.
Half of Broad’s lungs don’t work. In other words, this fast bowler is alive and playing with half of his lungs. In the meantime, he has taken more than five hundred wickets in the Test format. He told about his lungs in an interview four years ago.
“One night we were asked to provide a piece of information about ourselves that no one else knew, with the notion of being open with each other,” Broad had once written in the Daily Mail. “I shocked the boys a little when I told them I only had one and a half lungs because I was born three months premature.
“I explained that because I was so tiny when I was born, basically at death’s door, one of my lungs never fully developed. That’s why I’m asthmatic and carry an inhaler. It has never affected me as a sportsman, but the idea that I’ve played my entire career with half a lung less than everybody else is quite amazing when you think about it.”
For a fast bowler, it is very difficult to hold his breath. His teammates were also shocked to hear the story of Broad playing cricket for England for 14 years with half his lungs.