Injuries are considered as an unavoidable part of any sport and cricket is no exception to that which is world’s second most popular sport. At any given time, on an average around 10 to 12% of cricketers have an injury, while in fast bowlers over 16% to 18% are injured. In last 10 years, action has multiplied in cricket like anything with the introduction of T20 format and of course continuous playing with less amount of rest and ignorance of pain and injuries has been taking toll on cricketer’s body, especially fast bowlers. Fast bowling is really exhausting on the body and there are many unfortunate cricketers who had to end their careers only due to injuries. Let us have a glance on such fast bowlers, who had to end their career due to injuries.
One of the finest all-rounder’s for England, Flintoff always gave it his all for his country before forced to declare his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2010 due to knee injury. His bowling action and heavy body frame has been key factors for his regular injuries throughout his journey in cricket.
Before becoming well-known sports commentator, this tall Trinidadian was a right arm fast bowler representing West Indies for almost a decade. Ian Bishop was famous for his teasing outswinger; however due to bothersome back he was forced to change his bowling action. He made a comeback in 1992 with a remodeled front on action; however recurring back problems led to his breakdown very regularly and his career ending before he turned 31.
Shane Bond has been considered as one of the best fast bowlers in New Zealand after Sir Richard Hadlee. His career was swamped with injuries, mainly recurring stress fractures of the back. He had an abdominal tear, back problems and knee injuries and also his late entry to professional cricket career made his presence in both international and domestic cricket very limited. He retired at the age of 34 from Test cricket in December 2009 and on May 2010 he bid adieu to all forms of the game.
Shaun Tait was part of Australia’s World Cup winning squad in 2007 and also represented Australia in 2011 World Cup. Huge shoulders, beefy build and slinging action made him a perfect candidate for most feared fast bowlers of his era; however his desire for extreme pace and unconventional action made him prone to injuries. Even after having shoulder surgery, he made a strong comeback in 2007 World Cup. In 2009, he quit from Test cricket due to Injuries and physical exhaustion and in 2011 he retired from ODIs to concentrate on T20 cricket.
If you are an aspiring fast bowler wanting to play for your country, don’t get disheartened by reading the above factual part; instead prepare yourself to be the next bowling machine in a correct manner by monitoring bowling workload, assessing bowling action and throwing technique by sports physiotherapist.
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Ravi Shet is the writer of this article and Co-founder of Treatum, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.
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