Cricket Special Report: The need of reverse swing
The pitches in Subcontinent have been so dead and docile that there is hardly any movement off the wicket. The conditions in India and Pakistan also do not support swing or seam bowling. It has been a hard work for the bowlers. Therefore, there was a need
for the fast bowlers to develop something different. As a result, reverse swing came into play.
Australia and South Africa are the countries which help seam bowling. The tracks in both the countries are hard and have great pace and bounce. Their bounce can trouble the best in the business.
Australia has produced many great fast bowlers as a result of their tracks. They have Bowlers like Jeff Thompson, Dennis Lillie, Glenn McGrath, Allan Davidson and Brett Lee.
South Africa has the likes of Shaun Pollock, Peter Pollock, Allan Donald, Mike Proctor and Dale Styen.
The tracks in these countries support fast bowling, and as a result, they have produced so many great fast bowlers.
The conditions in England support Swing bowling. It swings a mile in England. It is not a tough work being a swing bowler in the English country. As a result, they have produced some many great swing bowlers. Harold Larwood, John Snow, Ian Botham, Paul Allot,
Andrew Flintoff and Bob Willis.
New Zealand has seaming conditions. As a result, they have produced quality seam bowlers like Evan Chatfield, Hadlee, Chris Cairns and Shane Bond. They have always enjoyed their own home conditions.
West Indies have some slow tracks and some of them are quick. The quality of fast bowlers they have produced is amazing. The pace quartet of West Indies comprised of some of the greatest fast bowlers of all-times. The Likes of Holding, Garner, Marshall,
Roberts and Croft were deadly, even on the flattest of tracks.
India and Sri Lanka haven’t produced great fast bowlers. The pitches are so dead, and spin friendly that it is a hard work for the fast bowlers. No one wants to be a fast bowler in this part of the world. India had only Kapil and Srinath. They can’t be
termed into one of the greatest fast bowlers of all-times. Sri Lanka only had Chaminda Vaas, a steady bowler.
Pakistan has been the toughest conditions in all, for the bowlers around the world. Some of the greatest fast bowlers have struggled to make their mark in these conditions. Dennis Lillee, the great Australian fast bowler once toured Pakistan in 1980. In
3 test matches he played, only managed to get 3 wickets at a poor average of 101. His overall career average is 23. Richard Hadlee, New Zealand’s greatest fast bowler, and the most successful of his time struggled in Pakistan. In 3 matches, he played in Pakistan;
he took 10 wickets at an average of 44 in contrast to his bowling average of 22.
Pakistani fast bowlers have to look up for another thing to survive in these conditions. Reverse Swing was invented to match the pitches in Pakistan. The ball roughs up early in Pakistan. The bowlers shine the one side of the ball, and let the ball rough
up on the other side. The air will be taking shinny side forward, and it will swing in the direction of the shinny side, because it has less weight than the rough side. The ball angles in but leaves you or vice versa.
Sarfraz Nawaz was the inventor of the reverse swing. He passed his knowledge to Imran Khan, who took it to new heights. Imran used reverse swing to achieve greatness as a fast bowler. Imran then, nurtured two more fast bowlers in the shape of Wasim Akram
and Waqar Younis. The two W’s used this art to perfection to trouble the very best in the business. They were, according to many, the greatest fast bowling combination of all-times.
The pitches around the world have become subcontinent like. Fast bowlers around the world are focusing to master this art. There is hardly any movement of the pitch. In modern era, this art plays a pivotal role in bowlers being successful.