Embrace the ambidextrous

Embrace the ambidextrous Just imagine this. A crafty young mystery spinner bounces towards the crease. Think Akila Dananjaya. He’s the Sri Lankan who claims to be able to bowl all the balls, and who knows, maybe he can. His ESPNCricinfo profile proclaims that he is “able to deliver a legbreak, googly, carrom ball, doosra and…

Everything’s coming up Bishoo

Devendra Bishoo is another leg-spinner who makes me (wrongly of course) feel like I could be a Test bowler. Bryce McGain and Pravin Tambe made me feel like I had time left, that not being in age group sides, or even playing a great standard of club cricket was no barrier to eventually playing Test…

Hometown glory for Shillingford

Shane Shillingford is not a glamorous spinner. He’s never been picked in the IPL auction, he’s never had overwhelming success at any level, but slowly and surely he’s establishing himself as West Indies’ premier spinner. He could have considered himself unlucky to have been dropped for the effervescent Sunil Narine, not long after taking the…

Inverarity is wrong about the doosra

And so is everyone who says you can’t bowl it without chucking. I’ve changed my mind a little over this debate. My biggest post in terms of hits (86) with was this one, about Saeed Ajmal and my opinion that he chucks his doosra. In one sense I haven’t changed my mind, I still think…

Is Keshav Maharaj South Africa’s long term spinner?

In the five years since Paul Harris retired, South Africa have tried out six frontline spinners (seven if you include JP Duminy – which I don’t). Imran Tahir was the great white hope, and flamed out at Adelaide. Robin Peterson was steady and little more, after four years out of the team. Dane Piedt scythed…

Is Saeed Ajmal a chucker

Chucking is one of the most delicate subjects in cricket, up there with claiming catches that bounce and where the line is in sledging. It’s pretty much unanimously agreed in the cricket world that chucking is bad, wrong, against the rules and against the so-called ‘Spirit of Cricket.’ So I’m going to be very careful…

Mehedi Hasan keeps things simple

It’d be easy for Mehedi Hasan Miraz to get carried away. The Prime Minister has ordered a house be built for him; he’s already the second highest ranked Bangladesh bowler in the ICC rankings at 33; praise is coming from all corners of the cricketing world. Also apropos of nothing, his off-spinning heroes are Graeme…

Piyush Chawla and the leg-rollers of doom

Spinners who don’t rip the ball annoy me. Leg-spinners who fail to try to rip the ball anger me more than almost anything else in cricket. Be a fucking off-spinner if you don’t want to spin the ball. For fucks sake Chawla, 43 year old arthritic Warne playing in the tinpot IPL clone still turns…

Put your body into it

There’s a video on YouTube of Shane Warne’s bowling action in slow motion. Watch it and you see the incredible physicality Warne put into his bowling. In normal motion he strides up to the crease and seems to just roll the ball down, but in slow-mo you see the huge effort that goes through the…

Scout Report: John Campbell

The former West Indies U-19 opening batsman John Campbell is generally rated for his left-handed strokeplay. Indeed, he’s had a breakthrough season with the bat in the Regional 4-Day Competition for Jamaica this year, a maiden First-class fifty in his first match of the season, and a hundred in the next the highlights. I’m not…