Ronnie Hira, minus the medium pace and the spin
Piyush Chawla is doing exactly what I was talking about, bowling spin along with medium paced deliveries in between with the same action,he has been doing it since 4 5 matches now,
Just look at his bowling speed in the video, and look at Uthappa's reaction:-)
Wicket of Robin Uthappa taken by Piyush Chawla in over 8.6 Inning 1 - YouTube
Even in this video, look at the second wicket, chawla gets watson with a medium pace delivery
In both the cases he is bowling around 120kph, around 30-35kph higher than his normal pace.
He needs to be a bit smart in using it, its fine if he bowls one of them every over in limited overs cricket or if he uses them even more depending on the pitch, but in the longer version of the game, he needs to limit its use, if he bowls it very often than the batsmen will be over defensive while playing him and he'll not be able to pick wickets regularly.
Has anyone mentioned Mendis yet? Does he qualify as medium pace spin? Have to admit he flattered to decieve when he 1st came on the scene and I fell for him. Had visions of a great spin bowling career to entertain all of us for the next 15 or so years. I'm not sure if people started to pick him or if he got injured which restricted his variety. All the same still a decent bowler and would like to see him playing a few more tests.
Bowling medium pace is like takin an iron off the tee. Why bowl dibbly dobblers when you can either hurt someone or do them with flight?
Last of the kind for my knowledge was Jayananda Warnaweera. Gave it a rip and bowled it around 100-105k mark and spun it both ways. He was a bastard, making many conflicts with the administrators, otherwise would have been a great spinner. Looked genuinely scary on wearing tracks, and Salim Malik's balls will be telling the story for us.
What about Kumble Burgey?
Pity about Mendis. Que sera sera I guess. It may have been brief but it was a joy watching bamboozle India.
Chris Harris of New Zealand used to bowl in such a manner, bowling quickish leg-breaks. Sajeeva DeSilva, the former Sri Lanka medium pacer, bowler such deliveries in some tests, more markedly in the Asian Championship Final at Dhaka in 1999 against Pakistan with limited success.
The advent of covered pitches has ended this type of bowler. However, the same was predicted for finger-spinners as well and they did struggle but managed to hold their own. A genuine medium-paced spin bowler could still be a handful but the momentum seems to be against this type of bowling and has been so for a while.
As someone who bowls medium pace, I find that it's incredibly useful at frustrating and confusing even very decent batsmen early on in their innings. But as soon as they adjust, the party's over and you need to be brought off for the quicks again.
But it is sad to see it somewwhat diminished as an art in tests. On a surface that gives something back, it's a real test of technique.