20 September, 2020

A Twist Of Adrenalin

A Twist Of Adrenalin
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Over the years, tweakers have spun deadly spells over the best of bats-men. The great spinning duos such as Grimmett and O’Reilly, Ramadhin and Valentine, Laker and Lock and Bedi and Prasanna or individual terminators like Johnnie Wardle, Richie Benaud, Hugh Tayfield, Lance Gibbs, Abdul Qadir and, more recently, Anil Kumble or Shane Warne have woven magic around the world. The advent of one-dayers in the 1970s and their progression through the razzmatazz of the Packer era to the intense excitement of the World Cup have all combined to condense the role of the spinner, further increasing his significance.

The 1996 Cup affords the spinner a fine chance to play a dominating role. An intriguing contest is likely between a wide variety of spinners who will thrive on the subcontinent’s slower responsive pitches. One-day cricket is all about psychology and the spinner’s role is to create as much pressure on the batsman. The principal way to psyche batsmen is to peg down the run rate as much as possible. Mastery of the four basics of spin-bowling—line,...

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