My run-up is short because we didn’t have space in backyard: Bumrah
The bowling run-up is short, but the speed of the ball is intense. The way India pacer Jasprit Bumrah created a storm of speed with just a few steps is a big surprise to many in the world of cricket. This time, one of the best fast bowlers of the time revealed the story behind his short run-up.
In the history of cricket, everyone has seen a big run-up in terms of fast bowlers. From the Wes Hall to Dennis Lillee, Michael Holding, Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, the run-ups of were very long. Bumrah is the surprise exception there. Running 8-9 steps keeps the speed around 150kmph regularly.
As popular Caribbean commentator and former fast bowler Ian Bishop said a few days ago, he has no idea how Bumrah can accelerate so much in this run-up. Bumrah himself revealed the secret of his run-up at a digital ICC event on Sunday with Bishop and another former fast bowler Shaun Pollock.
“Playing in backyard. My run-up is because of that as we didn’t have so much of space, so this (8 step run up) is the longest that you could have had, may be this could have been the case. I have tried longer run-up and nothing changes, speed is still the same so why to run so much,”
the speedster said as quoted by India Today.
Like the run-up, Bumrah’s bowling action is also strange. There is no end to people’s curiosity about that. Bumrah also gave surprising information in this regard.
“Basically, I have never been coached a lot. No professional coaching or camps. Till date, everything is self-taught, everything, through TV, videos. There is no proper reason for action. I have never really listened to people who told that action needs to be changed, kept on developing on strengths if I could have self-belief,” he said.