Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Shoaib Chucker

Freaks make good bowlers - Mutthaiah Muralidharan who can't straighten his arm is the second greatest wicket taker, while Shoaib Akhtar's slingshot action gets him to 150 kmph.

Michael Holding compares two contemporary bowlers with hyperextensible arms - RP Singh and Shoaib Akhtar. There's a definite sideways bending of arm to Shoaib's action, as shown in this slow-mo replay. Having that kind of flexibility must add a few yards of pace, and also fuck with the batsman's muscle memory, to have the ball come out a little differently.

Also, does anyone remember Afridi's fast ball? I swear that was an out-and-out chuck and it always pissed me that nobody ever called him on it.

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