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Not sold on anyone post #3 myself TBH. Holding in a top-ten isn't outrageous at all IMO, but I doubt many would put him there due to the fact he was perceived to be "one-dimensional", ignoring of course that this (supposed) one dimension was awesomely effective for most of his career, far more effective than much more varied bowlers, both real and imagined, were able to be.
Apologies if I've left any greats.
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Holding is my favourite fast bowler to watch, especially from side on at the ground. Amazingly smooth action gathering speed in his run up and almost perfect action in delivering the ball at incredible pace. He never played in Pakistan (or indeed against Pakistan at all) which some would count against him, he played only one series on the Sub-Continent taking 30 wickets in 6 Tests against India.
Like most people I have a top 3 then it's almost any 7 from about 25.
I don't know why it was he missed the 1980\81 tour to Pakistan, and it's a great shame he was injured in 1977 after his extraordinary series in 1976 in England. Had he played both, his record would be more impressive still than it is. As it would be had he not missed 7 Tests out of 26 from 1984 to 1986 as his hamstrings begun to pose him problems.
Warne - The greatest of all time. One of two bowlers I ever saw that would mesmerize you ball by ball. A man for the absolute hugest of stages. Never quitting and relentless.
Lillee - The greatest fast bowler of all time. Often dangerous, often fast, always genius. Lillee made the best batsmen look clueless and his contemporaries worship him.
McGrath - Consistent, enduring, impressive, simple, but was always going to take wickets and cheaply.
Hadlee - Did his job, did it honestly and did it alone. In the McGrath mold but more inventive. He didn't have a bowler of the calibre of Warne beside him and I wonder what he may have done if he did.
Marshall - The best of the Windies bowlers. On pure statistics, the best bowler of his generation.
Akram - Apart from Warne, the other great artist of bowling. He too would capture your imagination ball by ball. Bowling those unplayable balls. Akram gave you the impression he had a remote on the ball and chose where it went or swung.
Trueman - Big bad Fred sported a SR that was ridiculous for his time. When SRs were rarely in the 50s, very few in the 60s and usually 70+, he took wickets at 49.4 balls a piece and at 21.57 runs a piece. I have not seem him bowl but upon reading a bit more of the era, I gained an appreciation for Trueman.
Lindwall - Lindwall IMO, was probably the best bowler before the others arrived, namely Trueman. Along with Miller they made arguably the greatest fast bowling duo ever.
Khan - Was regal and suave when he went about bowling. Was great and got better towards the end. Truly the first sub-continental fast bowler that could challenge the #1 spot in the discipline.
Murali - In spin bowling, can only be second to Warne. Took bag-loads of wickets, everywhere he went, cheaply, whilst carrying such an unhelpfup side for most his career. Not just weak bowling support, but usually a batting line-up that didn't make his job any easier.
Last edited by Ikki; 30-11-2007 at 12:39 PM.
Personally, I'll never buy into the opinion that Akram was better than Khan.
agarkar and mohmmad sami are better than both lol hah
don't know my top ten.. it would be pretty similar but i will have marshal first..
The best test match ever
Having said that, Marshall should be number one. By all accounts, he had everything a fast bowler could want, and a pretty much flawless record.
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