It must be quite disappointing for Mohammed Shami, India’s pace spearhead in recently concluded World Cup, to miss out on the ongoing Indian Premier League. But that’s the risk every cricketer especially a fast bowler faces with the amount of cricket being played these days.
New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham and Australian Chris Lynn were ruled out due to injuries even before the league began. The list kept getting longer as the tournament progressed with the likes of Shami and Adam Milne also getting sidelined.
“It’s very difficult for pacers to stay fit given the amount of cricket being played these days,” Kings XI Punjab physiotherapist Patrick Farhart said.
Patrick, who also serves Big Bash side Sydney Sixers in the same capacity, is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and has been involved in a research of injuries to sports people. He has also co-authored articles on the topic.
He though said a vast majority of pacers are quite fit these days and take good care of themselves but admitted every bowler is different and needs to be looked after accordingly.
“They often have different injuries and need different programmes. Their strengthening and conditioning should be different. Exercises meant for one bowler cannot help another,” he added.