Re: Earlier spinners were better than Kumble
by Raghavan on Sep 14, 2012 03:18 PM
What is required is subtle variations, unpredictability which forms basis of a good bowler. One need not 'turn' the ball square. No doubt Pras, Bedi were good turners, they also gave away runs in tests.
Pragyan Ojha must shape up as a better successor to Anil Kumble if India were to win overseas and home matches. Kumble could not turn the ball well even on the last day, and he was curtailing runs through accuracy. When the accuracy was poor, he was buying wickets at high price. A spinner who cannot turn on last day wickets is not a threat to batsman at the highest levels of the game.
Re: Ojha must shape up better than Kumble
by Raghavan on Sep 14, 2012 03:23 PM
Every bow;er or every batsman has a favourable condition for sucess. Deniss Lillee the great, avoided playing tests in India. Hardly he appeared in tests played in India when he was active [layer for Australia. Richard Hadlee is another case. What is the success rate of foreign fast bowlers while playing tets in India? [for that matter, we have to appreciate Kapil Dev's achievements in number wickets in India] Same way with spinners - unless the pitch helps turn, which spinner can turn the ball? Especially on unhelpful pitches, accuracy is a good virtue of a good bowler. What is needed is, accuracy, subtle variations and unpredictability, by which the bowler takes wickets. This always applies to fast bowlers also - being great swingers and not able to beat the bat or take edges is no use!
OMG.we dont want another kumble.PLs no. Gives all the runs and taking 5 wickets is ridiculous.DONT COMPARE OHJA WITH KUMBLE. Srilanka scored 950 runs and declaredand still it is world recod and this kumble is a part of the bowling unit.