In the game of cricket, there is always given more credit to a batsman. Bowlers are often missed out despite of giving match-winning performance. The media goes gaga over a batsman’s century, the same appreciation is a far-cry when a bowler takes precious wickets. Bowlers get recognition when they take, say more than five wickets, for instance. Having said that, the game of cricket was to the better part of 80′s and 90′s ruled by fiery pace bowlers. West Indies produced top class fast bowlers like Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, and many more. Bowlers were a major reason that West Indies won the inaugural World cup and defended successfully the next time in 1979. More than West Indies, the Pakistanis learned more from the West Indies legends. The ninety’s saw the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, and Shoib Akhtar letting their bowling speak for them. Courtesy fantastic bowling the team went on to win the world cup in 1992. Wasim Akram’s dismissed Ian Botham (England) for a duck which set the game in Pakistan’s favour, though the wicket caused a controversy back in England. As the overs went Akram dismissed Alec Stewart, Graeme Hick, and Graham Gooch to leave England tattering. Akram came back again toÂ dismissÂ Allan Lamb which in the meantime build a solid partnership of 71 with fellow batsman Niel Fairbrother.In between of all this, spin bowlers from India, Sri Lanka, and Australia came to the forefront whenever their respective teams required wickets. Now the leading wicket taker in the world, Muthiah Muralidharan, an off-spinner’s guide-book, opposition’s worry, leads with an impressive 800 wicket in test cricket and 522 wickets in one day international (as of writing).Below is the list of greatest bowlers that the game of cricket has ever produced. Watch as a slide show or scroll down to find the greatest bowlers of all time.The below list was not created to demean the achievements of some other bowlers that they were not good enough, but to highlight the achievements of some of them.To 10 Greatest BowlersIn cricket, swing is a potent weapon in the battle of willow and leather. There are three basic types of swing: in-swing, out-swing and reverse swing. Reverse swing, whether it goes away from the batsman or otherwise, goes contrary to a batsmanâs expectation. The cricket ball swings in a manner contrary to what the seam position and shine of the ball suggests it should. Based on that, reverse swings is characterized as follows: The ball swinging towards the shiny side of the ball as opposed to moving towards the rough side (as in conventional swing) The ball moving in the opposite direction of the seam With conventional swing, the increased drag on the rough side of the ball causes the shinier side to move faster through the air. This creates a side force that acts in the direction of the shiny side. Even with a new ball, an upright, angled seam can generate swing when bowled at high speeds. This seems strange to many, but it depends on the following elements: Bowler’s bowling action and paceï»¿ The condition of the ballï»¿ Atmospheric conditions â like humidity Pitch conditions â a drier pitch roughens both sides of the ball, which is necessary for reverse swing Scientist Rabindra Mehta, a long-time friend of former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, posited that true reverse swing occurs when the ball moves in a direction opposite to that of the seam position. Seam bowlers, who are not genuinely fast, can generate conventional swing easily. However, this can only occur up to a certain speed threshold, because the higher velocity in the forward motion reduces the impact of the side force necessary for swing. Therefore, for genuinely fast bowlers, the seam position becomes more important in generating swing. Mehta suggests that the seam position is more prominent because it causes the boundary layer of air around the ball to separate earlier at the top of the ball than at the bottom of it. This argument suggests that bowlers who bowl upwards of 90 miles (140 kilometres) per hour can only generate reverse swing. So what really obtains is that the effect of the turbulent air around the seam outweighs the effect of the pressure differentials of the ball.
Reverse swing bowler Waqar Younis also suggested that a dry pitch was helpful in producing reverse swing. The former Pakistan captain and coach stated that the dry pitch made both sides of the ball rough, although one side was significantly rougher than the other. Waqar also noted that the Pakistan bowlers did not touch the sides of the ball, since this might dampen the ball and reduce the effect. Waqar may have had a point, since reduced side force could have accentuated the importance of the seam position.Reverse swing was one viewed like a magicianâs trick or diabolical effect brought about by ball tampering. The idea that the ball is going the âwrongâ way is common, since cricket has terms for balls that goes the âwrong way.â The âgooglyâ and âdoosraâ are terms used when leg-spinners and off-spinners spin the ball in the opposite direction to what their bowling action suggests.
Looking at the mechanics of the googly or doosra, one would observe what causes the ball to spin the other way. Technically, reverse swing is merely in-swing or out-swing that defies expectation. The idea that the ball âreversesâ is just another one of cricketâs âwrong oneâ analogies. Science shows that there are merely different ways of producing outswing and in-swing. When itâs caused strictly by pressure differentials, it is conventional swing. However, when the swing is caused primarily by the seam, it is reverse swing â just a case of one force over-ruling another.
The reason it took so long for reverse swing to be accepted is its association with ball tampering. This is especially as exponents of reverse swing usually hail from the sub-continent â Pakistan in particular. Indeed, the art and science of reverse swing is not yet fully understood and is barely understood in some quarters of the cricket world. There is merit to the idea that ball tampering can aid reverse swing, however. For example, if the seam position is elevated on the shinier side of the ball, that would create additional turbulence on the shinier side of the ball. This causes the ball to swing in the direction of the shinier side.
One can suppose that reverse swing is to fast bowlers what googlies and doosras are to leg-spinners and off-spinners. It will remain part of cricketâs terminology and certainly will be an additional weapon for fast bowlers on even the most unforgiving pitches.
This lens is written for 2 sorts of people: those who basically understand conventional cricket but who are unsure of the different rules and emphases of T20 cricket and secondly those to whom the whole world of cricket is a boring, meaningless blur.(also known as Americans). Sorry, just a joke.Definition: Twenty twenty cricket is the newest form of the game and I shall henceforth refer to it as T20 cricket, so T20 equals Twenty twenty.Those of you who don’t understand the basic idea of cricket could do worse than read my earlier lens:’Cricket Explained for Dummies’ If that sounds too highbrow, and, let’s face it, it does involve moving the mouse once or twice, then in that case pin your ears back.Cricket is basically a simple game. Honestly. One side starts by batting. They try to score runs. The other team are the bowling/fielding side and they try to capture the wickets of the batsmen and also to prevent them scoring runs.Then the sides swap roles and the bowling side becomes the batters and in their turn try to score runs. The side which scores the most runs wins the match. And that’s it. Well, apart from about a trillion rules, that is. But the purpose of this lens is education with entertainment and we’re going to forget the niceties and stick to the basics.Actually T20 is the easiest form of cricket to learn. Some people would say its also the most exciting. And although I love the long form of the game (and an international match can last 5 or even 6 days), I have grown to love T20. It is genuinely exciting and a real spectacle.Let’s move on to an imaginary game. Reds versus Blues. Eleven men a side, including one specialist wicket keeper – he’s the only member of the fielding side wearing pads, and who stands behind the stumps – the stumps are the 3 pieces of wood which the batsman protects, also known as his wicket. The captains toss up and Reds win. They decide to field first. That way when they bat they’ll know what score they have to beat.So Blues come out to bat. Only two batsmen at a time are on the field. The first two are known as the Openers. They have to deal with the opposition fast bowlers when they’re all fired up and frisky,…and,well….fast…. . The top bowlers fire the ball down at over 80mph, and the ball is extremely hard. If it hits you, it hurts. LIVE FOOTAGE – Australia’s Phil Hughes ‘critical’ after being hit by cricket ball
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