Originally Posted by SJS
Yes I do. And I will tell you why.
I have heard and read many fast bowlers agree to this, that reducing the run up and/or not running at full pace from first step but accelrating and going full pace only in the last six-seven steps.
But I have yet to hear OR read from any fast bowler, current or old to say that the contrary is true.
Surely Shoaib cant be the only one who is correct.
Yes there are those who feel he should be left alone. Sure enough, if he is not going to listen you have to leave him alone. But no one(a fast bowler himself) has said that this advise does not make sense.
I am willing to be corrected.
Firstly, as to the comment "surely Shoaib can't be the only one who is correct.", why can't he be? If the world wants to discuss my mental or physical tolerances, am I not equipped to answer that question accurately on an individual basis? Which is not to say that he can't be wrong, but why the automatic assumption that if he disagrees, he must be?
Aside from this though, you're over-emphasising anecdotal evidence of bowlers making comments on the issue. How many fast bowlers have said this would be a good idea for Shoaib? Five? Six? Sixty? How much does it matter? Numerous former players have commented on Sehwag's lack of footwork - I don't think I've ever heard anybody say that his footwork is fine. So what?
My point is that there's a natural assumption that Shoaib must adopt these strategies. I think that he's a magnet for criticism whatever he does - and I think it's largely motivated by problems perceived with his attitude and integrity. You're entitled to a different opinion, but you act as if anybody that disagrees must be in some form of childish denial like Shoaib obviously is. I don't see why.