Monday, 1 June 2009

What we need but don't have

A bowler doing some of this again:

Preferably a spinner, and a leggie at that, but you know, we'll take what we get. Australia ain't all that picky no more when it comes to spinners.

17 comments:

Stani Army said...

How about someone with an arm deformity? Would you take him?

No! Cos his own captain will probably grass him up to the ICC.....that's if his own mother doesn't manage to do it first.

Mahek said...

Remember Amy, for every Hauritz there is a Monty.

Amy said...

Stani, I'd support the poor deformed bastard but wouldn't let him bowl if he insisted on wearing long sleeves to cover it up. Or I might not let him bowl at all.

Mahek, and for every Warne there is nobody. God, that's what we really need. A one-of-a-kind spinner who's actually bloody good at what they do.

Q said...

Oh how I miss an Aussie leggie.. don't c many in the distant future though..

raj said...

Q, how do you mean? Is 'Aussie Leggie' a well-defined line of products? There's been only one Shane Warne, right?
Whats special about an Aussie Leg Spinner as a general specimen? Ofcourse, Warne is special but thats becuase he is Warne, not because he is an Aussie leggie, isnt it?

Q said...

Raj, what I meant is that I miss watching a leg spinner in the Aussie ranks.. they always had one..

They've always had one from Warne to Mcgill to Hogg..

Sure Warne was special, but Mcgill wasn't that bad either.. he spun the ball a mile.. and watching Hogg with his left arm leggies and googlies, tongue wagging, was also quite entertaining..

There's nothing like watching a good leg spinner go at the batsmen..

Fark said...

Say....venkatesh prasad used to bowl some deadly leg cutters back in the day. He, like balaji only had 2 deliveries...
1. the slower one
2. The extra slower one.


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Mahek said...

Richie Benaud not a good enough leggie from Australia?

raj said...

Balaji has become Venky-lite. Has that got something to do with Venky moving to CSK?

raj said...

Q, sure. I didnt see it that way. There are some decent leggies around - Mishra, Chawla, even Afridi I guess. Adil Rashid? Who knows.

Q said...

Raj: I agree, there r some decent leggies around.. Mishra is my favorite among the current lot.. its sad that he isn't used by India in test matches.. I reckon he cud be a lot better than Bhajji..

As for Chawla and Afridi - great talents, but they need to play more test matches for their skills to be enjoyed to the fullest.

Its a whole new ball game watching the leggies spread their guile over 5 days as compared to 4 or 10 overs.

I don't know how long the English plan to wait on Adil Rashid. They shud play him already!

Fark said...

Venky-lite hehe!

Agree with Q...Mcgill just was playing in the wrong time. Any other team - and he'd have been starting. He was better than many spinners at that time.

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Sam said...

May be a aaustralian import or version of Murali or half Mendis ?

Sam said...

Q, Mishraji is being used in Tests. he has played 3 tests since Ak retired. 2 spinners were not needed in NZ. Whenever India would play a home series, Mishraji would be handy. Though he wont be next Kumble, if he achieves 40% of what AK did he would be a decent one for India.

Q said...

Sam, I know Mishra has played a few tests.. he even took a 5 for in his debut test.. I just think that in overseas tests Mishra may do better than bhajji..

As a rule I think leggies are more potent than offies in tests..

raj said...

Q, agree. Mishra would be better than Bhajji. Even Ojha. Time to say goodbye to dart-thrower in longer version of the game. But who will hit those crazy 60's when the team is down facing follow-on? Thats how Bhajii survives. For his occasional batting and all-time dart throwing. Once in a while, a team like England or Australia are crap enough to fall for that and give him a 6-fer and he survives the next 20 tests on that 6-fer. I am afraid he is going to be there for atleast another 6-7 years.

Q said...

And I am afraid ur right Raj..