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Role of fast bowlers more important - Waqar

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March 2, 2011

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Lasith Malinga in the nets on the eve of Sri Lanka's match against Pakistan, R Premadasa, Colombo, February 25, 2011
Watching Lasith Malinga, Waqar Younis is reminded of his good days © AFP

Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, has said the role of fast bowlers is more important than spinners, even in subcontinental conditions where pitches are generally slower and conducive to spin. Australia have relied heavily on pace in this tournament, Kemar Roach bagged a six-for that included a hat-trick for West Indies against Netherlands and Lasith Malinga returned to the Sri Lankan side with a hat-trick against Kenya.

"Not only World Cup but generally in cricket, the fast bowlers's role is always bigger than the spinners," Waqar said on the eve of Pakistan's game against Canada. "In the subcontinent we start talking we need more spinners, I think out of 50, 30 overs are bowled by fast bowlers so their role is lot more important."

Pakistan, too, will be banking heavily on fast bowlers; they have five in their squad of 15 - Shoaib Akhtar, Junaid Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul. "We have seen here so far that fast bowlers have done a splendid job so we are preserving and making sure our fast bowlers are nice and ready and doing the right things at the right time."

Malinga missed the game against Pakistan, where Sri Lanka were beaten by 11 runs. Pakistan, batting first at the Premadasa, posted 277. "I can't say Malinga would have made a huge difference against us but definitely he is one of the best bowlers in this tournament."

Malinga was lethal against the Kenya batsmen, who had no answers to his yorkers. He finished with a six-wicket haul and said he'd learnt the art watching Wasim Akram and Waqar. "Kenyans are not the toughest but still he bowled straight every time with the yorkers, it is pleasing to see because it reminds you of your own good days. As long as he doesn't do it against us I am happy.

Malinga's slinging action, Waqar added, helped him generate reverse-swing, making him more threatening. "He has learnt by looking at me or Wasim but I also think that his action is such that it suits reverse-swing, which is the key. Everybody knows how to do it now, everybody knows how the ball goes, but not many people can do it.

"He has a unique action, a slingy action which I had as well, that is why it is more effective. Commentators were explaining it right that the ball dips at the last second. That is key, especially with this white ball. When it gets greyish, in the evening it gets very difficult to sight it, especially with his slingy action. Never easy, ball dipping at the last second."


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 5, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

As a emotional nation, We are carried away with our couple of performance.But to win world cup we should all be cool headed.Management job is to analysis oppenent weak and strong point.Prepare a strategy and advise all bowlers and batsmen acoordingly. Being a crickter I can expect that our think tank are watching all teams and noting their strength and weakness.I have few suggestions for bowlers and batsmen. 1, Fast bowlers should try to keep the ball at 4th off stump and from there they should swing the ball either way.For a batsman who loves to drive, keep the ball fuller and try to bowl out swing.For the batsman who loves a cut shot, bowl should be inswing and little bit short with deep gully and a point filder and a thirdman. 2.Our batsmen are playing too early across the line.Initially they should play straight and when they have read the wicket and good look at the bowler they can play across the line. This way they will not get LBW. 3.Avoid unnecessary run out

Posted by Nauman on (March 4, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

Malinga is good but dont compare him with Akther and Lee. the later two have a lot of achievements in their bags.

Posted by Aussies on (March 4, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

ohhh, c'mon guyz... Yes, malinga is probably one of the most dangerous current bowlers but comparisons with Waqar younis??? Are u serious??? i suggest u guyz watch Waqar's clips on yout ube then...

Posted by Bryn on (March 4, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

.............is why australia should win this world cup. they have by a mile, the best fast bowling attack.

Posted by Jawwad on (March 3, 2011, 22:00 GMT)

@ Hassan.Farooqi - Reverse swing was invented while kids using tape ball in late 70's, early 80's realized if they tape it half way only, it moves both ways during a delivery and can make the ball talk. It was duly applied to cricket ball later.

Posted by Ryo on (March 3, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

Malinga is top quality. Only problem he has is his fitness issues letting him down, so he's unable to play as many matches as he should and that affects his consistency.

Posted by lananad on (March 3, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

Remember Malinga got 04 in 04 in 2007 WC vs SA. So he is capable of doing it again against any side. Also he is a more intelligent and mature bowler now.

Posted by Mahendra on (March 3, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

In fact Malinga is better than Tait, Lee, Johnson & Akhtar put together

Posted by John on (March 3, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

Pace bowling has always held sway in the subcontinent. Good quick bowling will be successful on any pitches in limited overs matches.

Posted by arun on (March 3, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

No akthar is dangerous as well.. He is lethal at his very best :) HE got out of jayawardene with a beauty and perera with a superb yorker ... He is getting back to his best ... Would love to see the contest of Lee vs Akthar when they face each other

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