It has been long since the term “Illegal bowling action” being mentioned in the domestic and international cricket. However, people (General audience and the cricketers) are unaware about the exact meaning of it. If a person is flexing (bending) his/her elbow it doesn’t mean the action is illegal, while the extension (Straightening) of the elbow that exceeds the 15 Degree limit is called the illegal bowling action. As a part of ICC bowling action analysis team I (Vasanth Kumar) will be explaining the exact scenario that is categorized as illegal bowling action in the forthcoming publications from the ICC point of view.
(Detailed explanation on this topic will be published soon.)
Fast bowlers get injured 30-40% times more than the rest of their teammates.
Among cricketers, a fast bowler’s body undergoes the greatest physical strain. On an average they cover around 5.5km (T20s) and 13.4km (ODIs) in bursts of sprints which is 2 to 7 times more than his teammates. In Tests, it’s obviously higher. Moreover, compared to others, bowlers spend less than 35% time for recovery between sprints.