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Neeraj Chopra Has A ‘Pace Bowling’ Advice For Jasprit Bumrah



New Delhi – Star Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has received advice from ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra to lengthen his run-up in order to generate more explosive pace, reports say. Chopra’s suggestions come just as Bumrah makes his highly anticipated return to international cricket after being laid low by injury for 11 months.

“I like Jasprit Bumrah, I find his action unique. I feel he should lengthen his run-up to add more pace. As a javelin thrower, we often discuss how bowlers can increase their pace if they start their run-up from a little further back. I like Bumrah’s style,” Neeraj said during the Indian Express Idea Exchange.

The advice given is for Bumrah to extend his unusually short run leading into delivery, drawing from Chopra’s own experiences from his javelin throw run-up. Former fast bowlers have often called for Bumrah to tweak his unorthodox bowling action to enhance productivity, but Chopra provides a novel perspective.

Bumrah is renown worldwide for being capable of consistently bowling well more than 140 kmph, while possessing mastery over prodigious swing, seam and variation. His performances during Asia Cup 2022 and ICC World Cup 2023 have left batters from numerous top teams in utter disarray.

As Bumrah readies for the upcoming high stakes Test series against South Africa, anticipation is rife over whether incorporating Chopra’s suggested strategy could make the Indian spearhead an even more formidable force. The series is being viewed as an acid test of his skill and fitness after his long injury-enforced break.

Chopra was spotted by reporters at the recent World Cup final between India and Australia, where he commented freely on the match proceedings. His presence indicates the growing interest among other Indian athletes over Bumrah’s capabilities and the team’s fortunes. With the cricketing world awaiting his return with bated breath, the expectations on Bumrah’s shoulders are massive.

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