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    express bowling reacted to Suhaan in Match Thread : India v/s New Zealand XI Practice Match at Hamilton   
    He was second highest wicket taker in 2017-18 behind Gurbani and consistently done well for A team,he has got control ,pace ,had a decent season before is that not enough to give him a break in internationals?
    And you are talking about ipl while observing his test bowling skills , he's a damn good bowler,we shouldn't be wasting opportunity on an over the hill Umesh 
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    express bowling got a reaction from Suhaan in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    The system should be such that if a player comes back after a very long break ... and there is a comparable player who is already in the team or squad who is performing ... then choose the one who is performing currently. The the comeback players will get to play A-team series and less important matches and get to showcase his current form.
     
    Not talking about a short break or medium break here of 15 days to 4 months.
     
    Only exceptional performers at top level ... like Kohli or Bumrah  ... should be able to walk right back into the team. And even then, their fitness must be assessed carefully.
     
     
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    express bowling got a reaction from Suhaan in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    While choosing squads and teams for ICC tournaments and away test tours against the top teams ... choose the strongest possible squads and teams without any other consideration.
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    express bowling got a reaction from Suhaan in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    Choose the batsman who is most likely to do well in the upcoming test ... decision being based on their current form and ability.
     
    Be it Gill, Shaw, Lotan or Chhotan.
     
    No need to confuse ourselves with who replaced whom. 
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    express bowling reacted to diehardpacer in Why don't teams reverse the batting order on greentops?   
    The main problem with reverse batting order is increasing injury chances to bowlers who lack the technique to avoid getting hit on fingers, shoulders or head.
     
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    express bowling got a reaction from vijaydude in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    You can't choose good teams by following pecking orders. 
     
    When a player is totally absent from the game for more than a year then his current ability and form can't be judged by a 17 month old performance.
     
    Pecking order is the biggest impediment to creating a really good team.
     
    I am hopeful about Shaw because I rate him highly as a batsman and not because of where he is in the pecking order.
     
     
     
     
     
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    express bowling reacted to Straight Drive in Sky is the limit for Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill - Ravi Shastri   
    Hey, Shastri is the only Indian cricketer who cna break David Boon's record of drinking 52 cans of beer on a single flight.
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    express bowling got a reaction from raki05 in Sky is the limit for Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill - Ravi Shastri   
    He probably means SKY ( Surya Kumar Yadav ) is the limit. 
     
    Just like nothing has happened to SKY, nothing will happen to this duo till he is there.
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    express bowling got a reaction from Sgattick10 in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    My playing 11
     
    1. Gill
    2. Mayank
    3. Pujara
    4. Kohli
    5. Rahane 
    6. Vihari
    7. Pant
    8. Jadeja
    9. Saini
    10. Shami
    11. Bumrah 
     
    ----  Gill is in red hot form in the Unofficial Tests in NZ. Just scored a century as an opener after his 204* and 83 in the last game. He should be one of the openers.
    ---- Saini should play ahead of Umesh ... he is in excellent form and Umesh is unreliable in tests in SENA.
    ----  I prefer Pant in tests in SENA. He catches well to pacers and is a much better batsman than Saha. This is needed in SENA.
     
     
    ----  This is a very strong batting line-up till 8  ... 3 top quality genuine fast bowlers ... 5 bowling options including Vihari.
     
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    express bowling got a reaction from Mosher in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    You can't choose good teams by following pecking orders. 
     
    When a player is totally absent from the game for more than a year then his current ability and form can't be judged by a 17 month old performance.
     
    Pecking order is the biggest impediment to creating a really good team.
     
    I am hopeful about Shaw because I rate him highly as a batsman and not because of where he is in the pecking order.
     
     
     
     
     
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    express bowling got a reaction from Sgattick10 in Match Thread : India v/s New Zealand XI Practice Match at Hamilton   
    So, he is an off-side hack now 
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    express bowling got a reaction from Lannister in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    You can't choose good teams by following pecking orders. 
     
    When a player is totally absent from the game for more than a year then his current ability and form can't be judged by a 17 month old performance.
     
    Pecking order is the biggest impediment to creating a really good team.
     
    I am hopeful about Shaw because I rate him highly as a batsman and not because of where he is in the pecking order.
     
     
     
     
     
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    express bowling got a reaction from Lannister in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    Mayank is in a similar situation that Kuldeep finds himself in.
     
    Their performances in shorter formats and 2nd rung games are being used to justify their non-selection or proposed non-selection in test matches ... despite superlative performances in actual test matches they played just before this one.
     
    And Mayank is not a flop performer in Sena like a Rohit Sharma is. He did well in the test series he played in Australia.
     
    Mayank should be the first choice opener in this series. 
     
    The realistic question is about Gill or Shaw ... and my choice is Gill because he has done superbly in the just concluded A-tour to NZ.
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    express bowling got a reaction from Mosher in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    Mayank is in a similar situation that Kuldeep finds himself in.
     
    Their performances in shorter formats and 2nd rung games are being used to justify their non-selection or proposed non-selection in test matches ... despite superlative performances in actual test matches they played just before this one.
     
    And Mayank is not a flop performer in Sena like a Rohit Sharma is. He did well in the test series he played in Australia.
     
    Mayank should be the first choice opener in this series. 
     
    The realistic question is about Gill or Shaw ... and my choice is Gill because he has done superbly in the just concluded A-tour to NZ.
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    express bowling got a reaction from Mosher in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    I, being a fast-bowling fan primary, would love to see 4 fast bowlers play along with Jaddu.
     
    But if that 4th pacer is Umesh, bowling without the SG ball, I am not sure it adds any material value. I would love it if he proves me wrong though, as it would give us more realistic options.
     
    If Ishant was match fit, and he is not, then it would have been a different issue. Bumrah, Shami, Saini and Ishant would have been a handful. 
     
    Playing both Ash and Jaddu would be a waste. Both are bad bowlers in tests in Sena 
     
    Another important factor is that both our openers will be untested or out of form. So, some bolstered batting becomes essential.
     
    If we get a very flat wicket then a 4th quick, in place of a batter, makes sense.

     
     
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    express bowling reacted to sandeep in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    This is where a fully fit Pandya would have made a reasonably decent selection option in place of Vihari - you could have a lower order of Pandya, Jadeja, Saha/Pant - and have a 4th seamer who can be handy on his day, or at a minimum, reduce the workload on the 3 front-line pacers with 10+ decent overs on a bowling day.  
     
    Given Pandya's serious injury though, its better if he gets fully fit first, we need him too badly for white ball cricket to risk him too early in tests. 
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    express bowling got a reaction from Vilander in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    My playing 11
     
    1. Gill
    2. Mayank
    3. Pujara
    4. Kohli
    5. Rahane 
    6. Vihari
    7. Pant
    8. Jadeja
    9. Saini
    10. Shami
    11. Bumrah 
     
    ----  Gill is in red hot form in the Unofficial Tests in NZ. Just scored a century as an opener after his 204* and 83 in the last game. He should be one of the openers.
    ---- Saini should play ahead of Umesh ... he is in excellent form and Umesh is unreliable in tests in SENA.
    ----  I prefer Pant in tests in SENA. He catches well to pacers and is a much better batsman than Saha. This is needed in SENA.
     
     
    ----  This is a very strong batting line-up till 8  ... 3 top quality genuine fast bowlers ... 5 bowling options including Vihari.
     
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    express bowling got a reaction from sandeep in Your Playing 11 for the first test in NZ   
    I, being a fast-bowling fan primary, would love to see 4 fast bowlers play along with Jaddu.
     
    But if that 4th pacer is Umesh, bowling without the SG ball, I am not sure it adds any material value. I would love it if he proves me wrong though, as it would give us more realistic options.
     
    If Ishant was match fit, and he is not, then it would have been a different issue. Bumrah, Shami, Saini and Ishant would have been a handful. 
     
    Playing both Ash and Jaddu would be a waste. Both are bad bowlers in tests in Sena 
     
    Another important factor is that both our openers will be untested or out of form. So, some bolstered batting becomes essential.
     
    If we get a very flat wicket then a 4th quick, in place of a batter, makes sense.

     
     
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    express bowling got a reaction from Suhaan in Sky is the limit for Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill - Ravi Shastri   
    He probably means SKY ( Surya Kumar Yadav ) is the limit. 
     
    Just like nothing has happened to SKY, nothing will happen to this duo till he is there.
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    express bowling reacted to diehardpacer in Who would be your choice to replace Kedar Jadhav at No. 6 in ODIs?   
    Pant,Pandya at 5,6 depending upon left right combo suitability.Team can at best play 4 non bowling batsman & 1 WK which allows 6 bowling options.
    It's time a couple of Indian batsmen start bowling for atleast 2-3 overs.
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    express bowling got a reaction from tweaker in Match Thread : India v/s New Zealand XI Practice Match at Hamilton   
    Let Shastri run the team without Kohli ... we may see some really good decisions.
     
    He was known as a good tactician in his playing days ... but does not seem to say much against the decisions of Kohli.
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    express bowling reacted to Harsh Thakor in Who was the most lethal West Indian paceman of all after Malcolm Marshall?   
    Without doubt Malcolm Marshall was the most lethal right arm pace bowler,let alone West Indian pace bowler of all.No pace bowler from the Carribean was as complete or as creative or could conceal his deliveries to such a degree.

    To me the most fascinating question is which West Indian pacemen came closest to Marshall in all-round cricketing skill,creativity or in terms of hostility.

    Michael Holding was marginally quicker with a more perfect action .Curtly Ambrose and Joel Garner were even more accurate.Courtney Walsh was more of a metronome with more stamina .

    To me the one who came closest to Marshall was Andy Roberts.In the classical sense Andy was more complete and posessed greater mastery in varying pace of bouncers.No bowler ever disguised his bouncers as well .Andy was regarded as the most complete paceman of his day by none other than Dennis Lillee .Sunil Gavaskar,Barry Richards and the Chappell brothers felt he was the best fast bowler they faced with Lillee with Gavaskar even ranking him ahead.Sunny felt no paceman could cut back a 120 over old ball in hi s time or was as intelligent.The others felt even if Holding was quicker,it was Roberts who had the greater variety and was more unpredictable.His bouncer at different speeds was often unreadable.Any mastered the bouncer,oustwinger and slower ball with an occasional off cutter.For sheer craftsmanship he was in the Wasim Akram class.Worth seeing his successive dismissal of the Chappell brothers at Adelaide in 1979-80 as well as those of Sunil Gavaskar earlier.

    Classically Holding had the best action and has the credit of bowling the best over ever and best overall spell ever in a test.For sheer sustained pace or straight pace bowling no pacemen equalled Holding's effort at the Oval in 1976 or in the over at Barbados in 1981 when he dislodged Boycott.No pacemen ever posessed as much speed through the air as Holding who resembled a Rolls Royce car.Holding's throat ball was more devastating than anyone and he had a better inswinger than even Roberts.In Australia in 1981-82 he was arguably even the equal of Marshall blending pace with movement.Holding could obtain pace even from a slow surface which was remarkable.Few pacemen ever could galvanize as much energy in their delivery stride as Michael or bamboozle batsmen with sheer space as Holding.Significant that Imran Khan rates Holding at the top while Mike Procter chooses him in his all-time xi and so does Asif Iqbal and Majid Khan.Holding was not as crafty or versatile as partner Andy but in a total package may have been more lethal at his best.Cricket writer John Woodcock placed Holding at the very top of Carribean pacemen.


    Joel Garner had the best yorker and was at the helm in terms of accuracy.With his great height his disconcerting bounce could be unplayable.For a time in the 1980's he was the best pace bowler,more relentless and accurate than even Richard Hadlee.Arguably we hardly saw enough of Joel with the new ball which may have done injustice to his capability.Garner bowled some great spells towards the end opening his attack.

    Courtney Walsh was the ultimate metronome and close to the most intelligent who could be more deceptive than even Ambrose.Not as quick as Marshall or Holding,but his oustwinger could be lethal as well as his short balls.

    Finally let us come to Curtly Ambrose.At his best even Marshall was not as explosive,destructive or volatile as Curtly who could rip of the flseh of a batting line up more than anyone.In full throttle no paceman resembled a cowboy mowing down his opponents with a revolver as much as Ambrose.No pacemen was as relentless or accurate apart from Garner. Ambrose hardly swung or did so much with the ball but crated more vertical bounce than anyone .No batsmen resembled a robotic machine or a combing operation carried on by an army as Curtly.On a broken track he would mesmerize batsmen with the hostility of a swordsman piercing flesh.To me in his best spells at Trinidad in 1994 and Perth in 1992-93 he was arguably harder to tackle than any pacemen ever.However Ambrose was not at his best on the slower wickets or genuine cricket tracks and could become predictable.On flat tracks it was Walsh who had more of an armoury,particularly on the sub-continent.Ambrose was a more fiery version of Garner with a wider armoury.

    Taking all factors into consideration I would choose Andy Roberts as he proved himself on the slower sub-continent tracks and posed a greater threat to the best batsmen of his day after Marshall.Holding and Ambrose at their best in a spell on a certain day or in given conditions may have been right up there ,but consistently did not equal Roberts overall skill.It is strange as Holding had the most classically correct action of all while Ambrose could take hostility to heights never traversed.

    If I had to choose 2 great West Indian pacemen who when moulded into one could match or surpass Marshall more than anyone then it would be Roberts and Ambrose.The guile of Roberts with the accuracy or Andy could make the ultimate pacemen.

    In the end it was a photo-finish to decide Marshall's runner up berth in the Carribean pace battery.
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    express bowling reacted to zen in Who was the most lethal West Indian paceman of all after Malcolm Marshall?   
    Even on a topic on WI bowlers, you still somehow have to insert Pak players   
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