Alright- someone name a particular batsman, and we can talk a bit about what you think is a good way to bowl to them. Then when it dies we can name another player and talk about how to bowl to them.
Geezus, if you're relying on bowling magic balls like those to knock someone over, better give up now. Or, if you can, please sign up with a Test side immediately!
Yeah, that's what I was thinking.
Iain O'Brien got Sehwag in the third test this time last year with a ball that pitched back of a length and moved back into him. I think that could be exploited more. It's well-documented that he picks the ball on length, and he tries to cut anything on the stumps. I think you could have some success cramping him for room.
That said, on some days, it doesn't especially matter where you bowl to him.
Bringing it back into the right hand albeit at express pace. I'm some bowler.
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Think with Sehwag you want to target off-stump or just outside. I wouldn't want to be bowling anywhere near middle (unless I've got the magic ball) and definitely don't want to be bowling full or indeed short in India. The four examples all have a similar length, which is perfect as he doesn't know whether to come forward or go back.
If I was a spinner, my plan would be simple, let Sehwag's ego do himself in.
Myself I'd be looking to vary my pace and before going for the knockout ball, try to stop him getting into rhythm. Might also try to pin him to the crease before throwing it up there and moving it away. Might combine varied pace with full movement away too, try to draw him away from his body. Last thing I want is for him thinking he'll have pace to work with or having a good idea of where the next ball is going to be.
Bowl the two lengths. Yorker and the short ball. Nothing in between.
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Back of a length bowling by
TT Boy summed it up. Hard to bowl those deliveries though.
About 5 years ago bowling short at the body was pretty effective as well.
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- Don't give him any width at all.
- Don't bowl on his pads.
- Best would be a nice off stump line, at an awkward height.
Really easy to say though, but hard to pull off consistently. Generally, if the conditions are not offering you assistance, you have to bowl defensively or back your ability to produce a great ball. If the conditions are offering you assistance, get him to drive as much as you can, even if you go for some runs, and considering his lack of footwork, he'll likely edge one sooner or later.
Sehwag has always struggled against inswinging deliveries pitched up due to his huge backlift and hence early on in his innings his body is stiff and hence cannot bring down the bat in time. It was evident when Brett Lee got him in last years' ODIs.
Sehwag would take me apart. At that level I would now be nothing more than medium quick and I dont do much with the ball. I guess Id look to vary the pace and occassionally try and get him on the back foot to mix it up. TBH, I cant see much apart from carnage.
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