Thursday, March 18, 2010

Here is how you bowl a bouncer

A little high-quality cricket moment in an IPL game. The two bouncers that Jacques Kallis bowled at Damien Martyn off the last two balls of the sixth over of the Rajasthan Royals' innings today were lessons in how to bowl a good bouncer: they were quick deliveries, pitched on an awkward length just short of a good one, and they headed straight for Martyn's head. The length, the pace, the direction (often ignored but still very important) were all bang on. Not too short, not at a friendly pace.

Kallis must be the most under-rated Genuinely Great Cricketer[tm] of all time. It kills me to think that a #3 batsman with a bowling and fielding record like his is still routinely dissed. (And aspiring quicks take note: he ambles up and lets rip 140K deliveries!).

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7 Comments:

Blogger Shridhar Jaju said...

There you go... He's bowled another good one to Yusuf.

Kallis is truly awesome!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Shridhar Jaju said...

Hey! I wonder what will happen if Kallis takes a few more wickets and becomes the highest wicket taker of the tournament in addition to being the highest run scorer so far.

He can't be wearing two caps!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Jaunty Quicksand said...

I suspect Kallis will be revered after his time is done, much like Sobers' legend gets enhanced with each passing year because of the lack of worthy successors (until your trademarked GGC Kallis).

Look at Kallis' pedigree: 10,000 plus runs, 250 plus wickets, and over 100 catches in both Tests and ODIs. If that isn't a genuine all-rounder, I don't know what is.

People put too much stock into "match-winners". You cannot have those fellows without the likes of Chanderpaul and Kallis being the glue to take care of the match-saving days.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Jim Nariel said...

Kallis is becoming one of the all time greats - wont surprise me

http://cricketbatwillow.blogspot.com

7:17 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Shridhar: He's definitely shone in this form of the game, proving that the greats can adjust to anything.

5:23 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

JQ: Very true - I think lots of folks will only come to that realization after he has left. "Matchwinning" is both an overused and a much-abused term. No one really knows what it means, especially in a team game, but everyone wants to use it (especially as a club - see the treatment of SRT by some folks for instance).

5:25 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Jim: If not already there!

5:25 AM  

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