Injuries seem to be taking a heavy toll on the players. While some have flown back home after playing a few games, there are others who could not even get a single match.
A shoulder injury to left-arm fast bowler Zaheer Khan was a huge setback for the Mumbai Indians, while the Delhi Daredevils are yet to come to terms with the finger injury suffered by their skipper Virender Sehwag, who is out for four matches.
If Sehwag’s injury was not enough, the Daredevils also have Manoj Tiwary’s injury to contend with. The batsman had to undergo surgery after being hit on the hand while batting. Shikhar Dhawan hurt his finger while fielding and would be a big loss for Mumbai Indians. The Royal Challengers too haven't been left untouched with Pankaj Singh breaking his middle finger while batting at the nets.
Delhi Daredevils’ Umesh Yadav and Royal Challengers’ left-arm medium-fast bowler S. Aravind too have returned without playing a single game.
And not to leave out Kamran Khan, the Rajasthan Royals pacer, who injured his knee during the fateful match in which he was also reported for having a suspect action.
Said T. A. Sekar, manager of the Delhi Daredevils and a fast bowling coach for 20 years: “Injuries are an inherent part of a fast bowler's life. I cannot say a fast bowler will not get injured. But minor adjustments can be made to their techniques to prevent them."
Sekar saw a bright future for Yadav, who made an early impression for Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy early this year. “He needs to be monitored. Yadav has a stress fracture. It is also important to know the place from where he comes from. Having played tennis ball cricket, you don't use your left arm to bowl. You only use one arm, which is the bowling arm. His stress fracture will keep him out for two months and from the third month onwards, he will start bowling,” said Sekar.
It is a pity that fast bowlers are often at the receiving end of injuries. But they can be prevented with the right bowling technique.