Ashwin Raises Concerns Over Pathirana's Bowling Action

Ashwin Raises Concerns Over Pathirana’s Bowling Action

Ravichandran Ashwin, the Indian spin maestro, has expressed concerns over the bowling action of Sri Lankan pacer Matheesha Pathirana, highlighting the potential risks to his physical well-being.

Pathirana, who impressed for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their title-winning IPL campaign last year, has drawn comparisons to Lasith Malinga due to his slingy action. However, Ashwin believes that Pathirana’s lower angle of release puts excessive strain on his back and front leg.

“His angle of release is much lower, which puts immense strain on his back,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel. “His front leg literally collapses when he releases the ball; the core gets worked up too much, and it is very strenuous.”

In contrast, Ashwin praised Malinga’s side-on action, which he described as “beautiful” and less taxing on the body. “Lasith Malinga goes for a beautiful side-on position. His back and feet will be parallel to the crease,” Ashwin explained.

Ashwin also noted that Pathirana’s action is causing him to get into “dangerous positions and complications.” He added, “I understand the complexity of facing him is different, but he is facing different problems now. This might be just his early stages, and his body needs to fill up more, but he is getting into some dangerous positions and complications.”

Pathirana’s fitness is currently a concern after he suffered a hamstring injury during the second T20I against Bangladesh. His participation in the upcoming IPL season, which begins on March 22, remains uncertain.

Ashwin’s analysis highlights the importance of proper bowling technique to prevent injuries and ensure longevity in the sport. Pathirana’s unique action may give him an advantage on the field, but it also raises questions about its long-term sustainability.

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