Googly Masters of the Universe!
Since we all like to see a circus mainly the shows where the ring masters tame the lions and lionesses. How humans gain so much control of the carnivore beasts!..the king of the jungle!
So its the same way the googly masters in cricket have exceptional skill like no other.
In my childhood days i tried very hard to spin the ball legspin, offspin is easy. But legspin is impossible. So in cricket even in local cricket very few like to bowl leggie.
In international cricket however, there are few 'googly masterjis' who turn on the revolutions of the cricket seam ball. And beat the batsmen at all ends.
Like once i had seen a special program in 1999-2000, where it was paul strang on a local club pitch he was demonstrating various types of leg-spin deliveries like leg-break, wrong-un, flipper, flight and the google all pitched perfectly and clipped the off-stump.
But in the real matches paul strang had difficulties with the pitch as many a times the ball seam used to wobble and lose direction in flight. So after pitching some deliveries bounced thwack high while other were dead balls which mainly were hit for fours. While on his day paul strang sometimes used to get a straight line to limit the batsman scoring area and hence used as a stock bowler in ODIs.
Then there is world number uno, the wizard Shane Warne who bowled mainly with flight techniques and skids. But the skill was that his revolutions seam perfectly pitched to speed and turn dust!
When i was watching cricket in 1994-1995 i used to watch mushtaq ahmed in leg-spin. Who bowled consistently leg-breaks for five overs and then a googly was bowled. The funnier aspect was that the batsman used to get just stunned by the googly bowled so deceivingly. Then there was also a loose flipper.
I tried bowling leg-breaks with a tennis ball but there is hardly any turn and zip. And with a seam season ball its impossible to spin leggie. Maybe the pitch might be small or their spinning fingers are too strong!
Others masters of the universe, rajindra dhanraj, narendra hirwani in slo-mo, sachin tendulkar, shahid afridi, stuart mcgill, anil kumble, abdul qadir, chris harris, ian salisbury...etc
So the thing is, in international cricket one can cheat to become a batsman, one can even cheat to become a fast bowler, one can even cheat to become an off-spinner, but leg-spinner are not cheater cricketeers. More like the lion tamers- ring masters!
Last edited by phantom005; 01-02-2012 at 02:45 PM..