2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Why Mark Wood and Rubel Hossain have A Short Run-Up?
A long jumper bent forward, pushes off with either leg and then sprints towards the pit. Similar fashion as a jet plane starts, It accelerates fast to take on speed.
Operating on the same principle are two fast bowlers in the ICC Champions Trophy. The fast bowler of Durham and England, Mark Wood and Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain seem to be defying the age-old technique of gradual increase in speed and the run-up. That was the feature of former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and a method followed by Mohammed Shami to great effect.
Though approaches of wood and Rubel are opposite.Wood stretches his right leg back and launches into a sprint while Hossain bends to start his quick run.
Even with such a short run-up, Wood generates a lot of pace. He bowls at over 90mph. He bowled well to take 8 wickets.
Why the likes of Wood and Hossain opted for a shorter run-up? Is it a ploy to save energy? MRF pace academy coach and former Tamil Nadu batsman M Senthilnathan answers the query.
“If a bowler follows a proper run-up he will be in a strong position, and will use his front arm and core, and end with the follow through. Bowlers who are unable to find gradual acceleration do it with immediate momentum. With a short run-up, you sprint because you need quick momentum. They lack yards so they sprint,” says Senthilnathan.
Bending before starting the run-up keeps the weight ahead. Hossain bends before each delivery and then takes off. “Bending is putting the body in front. And if it is not in front, the strides become longer at the delivery point and it disturbs the setup. So, to make sure the strides remain equal, bowlers bend a little,” says Senthilnathan.
Both Hossain and Wood have had serious injuries. In 2012, Hossain injured his bowling shoulder and was out of action for a long time. Wood has had three surgeries for an ankle injury and wears specially designed boots for protection.
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