“I find his action unique,” Neeraj Chopra advises Jasprit Bumrah to lengthen his run-up to increase his pace

The 29-year-old will make a comeback to the Test side during the two-match series against South Africa, starting on December 26.


“I find his action unique,” Neeraj Chopra advises Jasprit Bumrah to lengthen his run-up to increase his pace

Jasprit Bumrah, Neeraj Chopra (Images via ESPNcricinfo, X)

Indian Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has some advice for star Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah. In a recent interview, the javelin thrower lauded Bumrah for his unique action.

The 29-year-old will make a comeback to the Test side during the two-match series against South Africa, starting on December 26. After around one year, Bumrah made his comeback to competitive cricket following a back stress fracture and surgery.

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Since his return to cricket, he performed phenomenally in the 2023 ODI World Cup, scalping 20 wickets in 11 matches, including delivering the highest number of dot balls. But Chopra advised him to increase his run to add more pace to his bowling.

I like Jasprit Bumrah. I find his actions unique. I feel he should lengthen his run-up to add more pace. As a javelin thrower, we often discuss how bowlers can increase their pace if they start their run-up from a little further back. I like Bumrah's style.
Chopra told the Indian Express

Neeraj Chopra says the Australian side had a mental edge during ODI World Cup final against India

India produced stellar performances throughout the 2023 ODI World Cup but faltered in the final. After winning 10 matches on the trot, they lost to Australia by six wickets after failing to defend 241 runs.

Jasprit Bumrah
Australian team (Image via ESPNcricinfo)

Travis Head’s century steadied their innings after three quick wickets which saw Pat Cummins and Co. snatch the victory from the home team. Neeraj Chopra, who watched the match in Ahmedabad, during that same interview, said he thinks the Australian may have had a mental edge.

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Maybe, somewhere mentally, the Australian team held an edge at the start. When they bowled, I found they had a strong mindset. In the end, they had completely flipped it over.

India started the trend of winning World Cup matches as hosts but they themselves broke it. The Indian team in 2011 won in India, followed by the Aussies in 2015 in Australia and England on home soil in 2019.

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