> | I was wondering if warne played against india when they were in Australia
> | a year back or so, if yes - how did he manage against indian batsmen.
> I think he played one test, and didn't do well at all. He's
> improved a lot since then though (he's improved since the series
> against the WI).
Well, not performing well against India doesn't rule out a spin bowler from
being good. No one would doubt that John Emburay, Abdul Qadir and John
Bracewell etc are good bowlers. But even at their peaks, Indian batsmen never
had much trouble against them. The reason is that since the pitches in India
are more suited for spin than pace, most Ranji teams play 2-3 spin bowlers,
and many of them are geniunely good. Constant exposure to good spinners have
made them immune to even the best spinners. India batsmen tend to show better
foot-work against the spinners than most other batsmen. The same used to be
the case with Pakistani batsmen till a decade back, when the Pakistanis
started concentrating on pace Instead of spin. However, this is certainly not
an ideal set-up as most Indian batsmen have weaknesses against geniune fast
> | Also if played in the one-day triangular series against pak and WI held
> | in australia lately.
> I'm not sure that he didn't play at all, but he's not usually picked
> in limited over games - he didn't play in any of the three against
> England. This may be because of some theory that leg spinners aren't
> accurate enough - give away too many runs, and the wickets they take
> don't compensate in a limited over game, This would be a bit odd
> with Warne, as he's been a very economical and accurate bowler recently,
> often bowling long strings of maidens.
I remember that L. Sivaramakrishnan had a lot of success in the B&H world cup
in 85. But then again he usually came on to bowl when the score was about 35-5
most of the time! Sigh! Those were the days..
> Or, it could be that someone has decided that if opposing batsmen get to
> play against him in a game where they have no choice but to hit out
> or lose (survival being useless), then they may learn to score from
> him, and avoid going out.
Wouldnt work if the bowler is genuinely good. A few shots, yeah! But sooner or
later he is bound to hole out. I remember Richards trying to hit Maninder
Singh out of the attack in a one-day match at Sharjah. I'll never forget that
over. Maninder already had haynes and was looking good. Richards pulled him
for four of the first ball. He took a swipe at the second missed and nearly
got stumped. Maninder called in two men from the boundary about 20 yards ,
literally tempting Richards to go for the big one. Richards stepped out to the
next one even before the ball was bowled and got a fast-ball at the block-hole
which he managed to keep away. Then the King hit the fourth ball over long on
and the ball bounced a yard in front of the line. Maninder pulls in his
fielders another 5 yards. "C'mon, Viv try it again"! Viv spits out his gum,
and starts walking out even as Maninder starts his run. Millions of Indians
pray that it woould be another fast ball. But no, Maninder flights the ball, i
close my eye and Viv goes for the big one. He connects and teh ball goes a
mile into the sky. The camera-man frantically triss to keep track of it. Then
to everyone's disbelief, the comentator announces that Kiran More is getting
under the ball. Viv got a top edge and the ball was still hovering over first
slip! More made no mistake and Maninder did his then popular 'patka dance'!
Well, India didn't win. Richie Richardson had other Ideas. But that sure was a