Irfan Pathan stresses on want of swing bowling: You can not go from being Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Shoaib Akhtar

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File picture of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes one mustn’t sacrifice swing for some additional tempo. Citing examples of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shoaib Akhtar, Irfan stated that ‘desperation’ to enter the fast-bowling membership will tarnish a bowler’s skill to swing the cherry. 

“The desperation to belong to the quick bowler class will depart you with nothing; you can’t go from being Bhuvneshwar to Shoaib Akhtar, it’s unimaginable. You’ll lose your swing, and but not be fast sufficient to hustle the batsman,” Pathan wrote in his column for ‘The Playfield Journal’.

“My one suggestion to bowlers is to not sacrifice swing simply so as to add an additional Four-5 clicks. It should depart you stranded. There may be pace that’s superb for swing bowling, respect that,” he added.

Irfan, the primary Indian pacer to pluck a Take a look at hat-trick, additional stated that a swing bowler can deliver ‘one thing extra to the desk’ with slower deliveries or yorkers as a substitute of buckling down to simply tempo. 

“A swing bowler usually operates within the 130-135 kph area, that’s scientifically confirmed to be one of the best vary of power to get most swing. But when the identical bowler can bowl a yorker or a slower one or a cutter at that pace, he can survive anyplace on the planet.

“If his physique alignment is nice, he can bowl any variety of yorkers at will, and swing it each methods. It’s a actuality that you simply received’t get the identical quantity of swing with the previous ball as with the brand new one as a result of the reverse is a unique entity. However for those who can bowl an excellent slower one or a yorker, you deliver one thing extra to the desk.”

“Take Bhuvneshwar Kumar, for instance. He isn’t an specific bowler however when he swings the ball, he’s on music. However the skipper at all times places him on on the loss of life due to his skill to bowl the knuckle, the slower one and the yorker. Ball se koi harkat honi chahiye, that’s vital,” Pathan opined. 

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