Ishant Sharma feels irked by the term ‘workload management’ for pacers

Ishant Sharma

India’s tall pacer, Ishant Sharma feels surprised by the newly coined term ‘workload management’ by the BCCI.

Now, for over a year, Ishant has not been in the scheme of things for the BCCI and the selectors as they have better options to go to.

This is why Ishant thinks that such a term should not even exist in cricket and has further said that such a term was nonexistent during his heydays.

Nowadays, young pacers like Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah have pipped Ishant’s chances of making a comeback in the Indian team.

Ishant made his international debut for India against Bangladesh in May 2007 and was just 18 years old at that time.

He says that the pacers should bowl more so that they remain injury-free for a long time.

Ishant takes a dig at the term workload management

The only thing I would say right now is: ‘Do not think too much about the workload.’ That’s a new term that’s come up in recent times, especially for fast bowlers. I never saw something like that during my international stint. When I started playing, my coach was an old-fashioned coach who would give me a ball in hand at 1 o’clock in the afternoon and we would go on till the sunset.

Adds Ishant,

That’s how I could bowl long spells when I made my debut in Ranji Trophy and later on for India. If you want to improve, the only thing you can do is to keep bowling.

Some of India’s pacers today are victims of long injuries that take too much time to heal.

The list of pacers includes the names of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Deepak Chahar.

However, Ishant is sweating it out in domestic cricket to make a comeback to the Indian Test fold.

He thinks that the concept of workload management and taking breaks should be looked upon by the BCCI.

I think if you have made your name through domestic cricket, you should not be selective about playing games thereafter. If you want to play domestic cricket, nobody can stop you. Only when you have played a sizable amount of cricket for the country can you be given a break at times. Most pacers break down during Ranji Trophy games because they don’t go through the ideal preparation.

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