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Rejecting 'analysis by checklist' and 'skill absolutism' since December 2009
In batting terms, look at Phil Hughes. His unorthodox technique and the fact that the South African's hadn't seen him bat meant he hit a ton of runs in that series, yet by the time the Ashes came around he was found out to have a weakness against the short ball, fell to it and got dropped. Same thing with bowlers. When Sharma debuted against Australia and looked to be world class straight up, he was 19 (?) and unheard of. The Australians wouldn't have had a clue what was going to come out of his hand. But over time, batsmen developed a plan to counter his bowling and his returns diminished. Or at least they're my thoughts...
So yeah, I'm not sure management is the sole reason for the fast bowling problems, but it definitely is a factor.
I would add that with the extended video footage that is available these days, bowlers who will attain long-term success at the international level are the bowlers who evolve, refine their technique, add more variety to their armoury, after they have debuted in tests. Zaheer is an unbelievably better bowler today than when he played his first test; Ishant isn't, as he discovered when he returned to FC cricket and had a very forgettable season. Wouldn't write Ishant off though, as many people seem to have done; he is still young, he still has a few years of learning left before he attains the age where pace bowlers reach their peaks.
Well just correcting the fact that you suggested he's only played on dead wickets when he hasn't. He had a great opportunity to bowl India to a series victory and fell way short.
Agree that he and Sree should just not play limited overs cricket.
Video analysis is very useful for 'mystery' spinners, picking up a variation or dealing with a freakish action though.
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