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Is Bhajji our new tail killer?

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on December 22, 2008

Some of the best bowlers in the world have added their tally of wickets by taking wickets of tail enders regularly.  Though they are very good bowling to top notch batsman and taking their wickets, they probably have their mouths water when they tail enders most of whom are easy prey for these main strike bowlers.

I have to look at the stats but I have a gut feel that it is the spinners who take more tail ender wickets than the fast bowlers.  Reason may be that most tail enders are happy go lucky kind of batsman and try to hit their way out or try innovative (read funny) shots.  The tail enders may also think that slow bowlers are easy to hit out.

I have seen Warne polishing off tail enders regularly as also Muralidharan.  Our own Anil Kumble was not lagging behind in getting tail ender wickets but that was towards the fag end of his career.   Taking tail ender wickets is not a mean achievement by any stretch of imagination.  More often than not test matches are turned around by a main batsman with the help of dodgy batting by tailenders.

We have seen it happen when Indian tail enders (Bhajji, Zaheer, Ishant) frustrated the Australians in the recently concluded Oz tour to India.  We have seen it happen to India when Australian tail enders like Jason Gillespie frustrate India for hours.

India has for long suffered by not having a quality tailkiller in our bowling armoury.  If Bhajji has found a way now, it is good news.  India can win more matches if she has one giant (?) tailkiller in the ranks.

It is a welcome return to bowling form for Harbhajan taking four wickets in this match.  Are we going to see one more record run chase at Mohali?  It will be interesting what with bad light threat looming large.  It would be very frustrating for England if there is only 100 remaining to be chased around tea time tomorrow and bad light comes into play. 🙂


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