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Indeed, there is nothing suspect with Anderson clocking a single delivery at 94mph.
The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.
He is an olympic quality athlete TRUE
He can run a 4.0 40m NOT TRUE
He has a top speed of 108mph NOT TRUE (and frankly laughable)
He can be accurate in the mid nineties TRUE
He has a great yorker WORKING ON IT
He can swing the ball both ways TRUE
He runs sideon to the crease ONLY AT THE END
He hasn't played a game of cricket for seven years TRUE
I just want to clear up some absolute garbage being spoken about Atul Sharma on this site.
King Pieterson..for a start you are hyping the s*** out of Atul Sharma by saying I said he bowled at 108mph. I said no such thing. He has bowled a ball at around 100 mph in practice and has a hand release speed approaching 105 (104,8) but we don't know what that equates to in MPH on a speed gun.
This was also just one ball at this speed in a 3 year period.
He can run 40 yards in 4 seconds (flying start which means he is already running) but this has nothing to do with his bowling speed. It's merely to explain that he's an athlete rather than a cricketer.
I don't wish to enter into a discussion here but there is so much stupid hype about Atul and posters will only think that everything is untrue. He's strongly built and has a great ground speed, as you expect from a sprinter. But that's it. He has bowled the odd ball at very high speed IN TRAINING but that's it.
I have no idea with The Royals will do with Atul, or if he will even play a game for them.
Bowling fast and straight in a match is something completely different to bowling in nets with no batsman.
Everyone needs to be sensible about this guy. He has raw pace and can deliver a ball with a tail on it into the batter, sometimes away. But he is still learning. He's not finished by any means. Give the guy a break.
Some of these ridiculous comments are precisely the reason we worked away from people during the 3 years. He has only recently got his speed up and King Pieterson will know that it's not easy to develop pace quickly.
Please discuss the facts by all means, but let's not hype the guy to a point where he being destroyed before you even know what he bowls like, or looks like!
If this is, this post is unprofessional in the extreme. Smacking down posters on the internet will not win you friends no matter who you are, especially on this site. On one hand you as us to judge for ourselves then on the other, berate another poster for having an opinion. If you really want people to 'wait and see', let them. Put up or shut up.
Last edited by adharcric; 10-04-2009 at 08:34 AM.
Seems I mis-heard/misinterpreted some of the comments Ian made, and probably shouldn't have divulged some of the information I did, but we all make mistakes, and I've apologised for mine. Just looking forward to seeing Atul bowling now, hopefully he'll get a go in the IPL in place of Trivedi or Munaf, even if it's just for 1 game to test him out.
Originally Posted by CricinfoOriginally Posted by Cricinfo
Until we se this bloke, no matter what is being said or who's saying it, it's nothing but vapour. Even if this was Pont himself saying "It's all true, he really can do what I say he can" until he demonstrates it, there's really not much more to be said. What I've read in this thread and elsewhere online is nothing but unsubstantiated spin
Last edited by Top_Cat; 10-04-2009 at 09:17 AM.
What makes me really skeptical about this whole Atul Sharma thing is that there hasn't been a single word about him in the press, which seems amazing considering the ridiculous nature of the Indian Media concerning cricket.
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