WATCH: Shoaib Akhtar's old video predicting “Bumrah’s back injury” goes viral after India pacer ruled out of T20 World Cup

Bumrah will reportedly need 4-6 months to recover from a suspected stress fracture on his back.


Jasprit Bumrah | BCCIHaving missed out on the Asia Cup 2022 due to back injury, Jasprit Bumrah made his comeback to the Indian team against Australia last week in the second T20I, which was held in Nagpur.

But after playing the last two T20Is against the Aaron Finch-led side, the right-arm pacer again got injured, which will keep him out of action for a considerable amount of time.

According to a PTI report, Bumrah has been ruled out of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as he will need at least 4-6 months to recover from a suspected stress fracture on his back.

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Soon after the reports of his recurring back injury broke out on Thursday (September 29), an old video of Shoaib Akhtar started doing rounds on social media, in which the former Pakistan pacer can be heard saying how Bumrah's uncanny action can lead to career-threatening back injuries.

"His (Bumrah's) bowling is based on frontal action. Players with that action bowl with their backs and shoulder speed. We used to be side-on, and that used to compensate (for the pressure on the back). Front-on action has no compensation and with that action, when the back gives in, you can’t escape it irrespective of how much you try," Akhtar had said on Sports Tak a year ago.

In the clip, the Rawalpindi Express also cited the examples of former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop and former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond to state that India can’t play Bumrah across formats.

"I saw [Ian] Bishop struggling with his back, Shane Bond too, and both had frontal actions. Bumrah now needs to think in this way, ‘I played a match, took an off, and go to rehab’. He needs to manage. If you play him every match, in one year, he will completely break down. Play him three matches out of five and take him out. Bumrah will have to manage this one thing if he wants to last forever," he added.

Back in 2018, legendary West Indies pacer Michael Holding had also weighed in on Jasprit Bumrah’s action and predicted that the back injury will trouble the Indian fast bowler going forward.


By Salman Anjum - 30 Sep, 2022

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