Ishant Sharma, a senior bowler, is the only player who is not a fan of the technique even though the Indian cricket team continues to place greater focus on workload management. Ishant, the only fast bowler from India to play 100 Test matches after Zaheer Khan, hasn’t exactly warmed to the idea and believes that the key to maintaining and living long in international cricket, particularly for a fast bowler, is to bowl as much and as long as possible. Managing their workload has taken precedence as Team India continues to deal with an increasing number of injury issues involving its fast bowlers, but Ishant believes the faster the pacers bowl, the greater the likelihood that they will avoid injuries.

“Right now, the only advice I have is to “not worry too much about the burden.” That’s a new phrase that has just surfaced, particularly among quick bowlers. During my time travelling abroad, I never encountered anything like that. When I first began playing, I had a traditional coach who would bring me a ball at 1 p.m., and we would play until dusk. I was able to bowl for extended stretches that way when I made my debut in the Ranji Trophy and afterwards for India. The only thing you can do to improve is to keep bowling “Informed Sportstar, Ishant

Before the Asia Cup earlier this year, Jasprit Bumrah suffered a stress fracture. After recovering and playing in a few T20 Internationals, the India pacer fell again with the ailment returning and was forced to withdraw from the T20 World Cup. The second victim was Mohammed Shami, an Indian fast who suffered a shoulder injury before the ODI series against Bangladesh and was sidelined indefinitely. The worst of the bunch is Deepak Chahar, who injured his hamstring and is now out once again. This is his third injury of the year. Ishant weighs in on the issue and believes that this whole approach has to be reexamined since bowlers get an excessive amount of pauses.

“I believe that after making your reputation in domestic cricket, you shouldn’t be picky about the games you play going forward. Nobody can prevent you from playing domestic cricket if you want to. You can only sometimes be offered a break once you have participated in a significant quantity of national cricket. Due to improper pregame preparation, pacers often fail during Ranji Trophy matches “Ishant, who has had several ailments throughout his 15-year career, noted.

“In the Ranji Trophy, bowling is a whole other game. You must dedicate 16 hours a day to your studies if you’re preparing for the IAS test. In the same vein, taking breaks will not help you prepare for a full Ranji Trophy season of bowling 20 overs every day. You must plan appropriately. You can only bowl 20 overs in a game if you have accustomed to bowling 25 overs every day in the nets.”