Fast bowling is an art which is on the verge of extinction in the subcontinent. If you happen to be from India, then chances are that you might either be a spinner than become a pacer taking into consideration the spin-friendly conditions, facilities and the absence of proper mentors for fast bowling in the region. As a result, Indian fast bowlers and injuries go hand in hand on most occasions. No matter how hard they would try to evade an injury, they will eventually fall into it.
Prevention is better than a cure doesn’t apply to the Indian pacers. There have been few instances in the Indian team when the injuries sustained by the fast bowlers decimated their hopes of winning the games on important occasions.
Let’s have a look at some of the Indian fast bowlers whose injury proved a nightmare for their entire unit
Zaheer Khan ( India’s tour of England 2011)
The world cup hero had a terrific tour to England back in 2007, where he was the man of the series with 15 wickets in the 3 match contests. He had plans to emulate a similar performance in the tour of 2011 when an unfortunate event happened with the Indian bowling legend.
Zaheer had injured his right hamstring and had to leave the series that moment itself, which resulted in India suffering a pitiable defeat of 4-0 at the hands of Englishmen
Ishant Sharma ( India’s tour of England 2014)
The veteran of 81 games registered his career best in the longest format of the game at the Mecca of cricket. No one could have imagined that Ishant would be such a vital figure in India’s solitary yet historic victory over the Englishmen in the 2nd game of 5-match series.
But, the team’s happiness soon turned into a gloom when they came to know about Ishant’s sore leg problem which made him sit out of the competition for the next couple of games.
And as luck would have it, India lost both the contests and entered the final game with a margin of 2-1 loss. Team India eventually lost the series by 3-1, which could have been a game-changing tour for them considering that they had managed to draw the first blood in the contests.
Jasprit Bumrah ( India’s tour of England 2018)
Jasprit Bumrah’s presence could have changed the outcome for India in the 3-match ODI series against England. His injury in the non-bowling arm during he T20i games against Ireland kept him sidelined from the T20i and ODI series versus the English unit.
Having made his debut in South Africa at the start of the year, Bumrah did deliver pleasantry performances in the 3 games that he played, by picking up 14 wickets and a 5-wicket haul to his name.
And Bumrah was expecting to deliver such performances in England when this injury happened and washed out his plans of being in the playing XI. Although he would be playing from the 2nd contest, his absence in the 1st game at Edgbaston could make it difficult for the team to draw an advantage in the 5-match series.
Plus, there’s no guarantee whether he’d be fit to play in the remaining games as well.