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Shami's run-up a problem, Bumrah needs to play county: Wasim Akram

Friday, February 09, 2018
By Kushan Sarkar

St Moritz (Switzerland): Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram is quite impressed with Indian fast bowlers and feels they can be lethal in this year's tour of England if Mohammed Shami corrects a run-up flaw and Jasprit Bumrah devotes some time to county cricket.

One of the greatest fast bowlers of all time and inarguably the best left-arm pacer to have played the game, Akram dissected the current Indian bowling attack, which he feels has gained in confidence unlike the teams of earlier era. "Shami is a good bowler but sometimes I feel he is a bit laidback. As a fast bowler, irrespective of the match situation, he should just sprint in and try to hurry the batsmen, who have a frontfoot trigger movement," Akram told PTI on the sidelines of the St. Moritz Ice Cricket Tournament here.

Asked to elaborate on the technical aspects, Akram explained that Shami's erratic strides at times hinder his consistency level. "During his run-up, Shami, at times, tends to take small strides before his final load up to the crease. Now when he is in rhythm, his strides are correct and equally measured but moment he gets a bit wayward, his strides get smaller. It should always be the opposite.

Akram said smaller strides result in a loss of pace. "When the length of the stride decreases, a person's bowling action doesn't get completed. The force that is generated from the back goes missing and one loses out on a lot of pace," said Akram.

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