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    What happened to the flipper?

    Shane Warne's signature trick ball in the 1990s, until he stopped bowling it reportedly due to shoulder issues. I'm sure plenty of others utilised and mastered the delivery before Warne came along but he definitely made it famous during his time.

    I feel like we very rarely see it bowled much anymore. Since Warne left the scene the only times I can recall seeing it used with success in international cricket were a couple of times by Brad Hogg in 2003, clean bowled disimissals of Andy Flower and Ganguly sticking in my mind. I haven't seen much Asian cricket in the last 10 years maybe it has been more common over there.

    Am I just not seeing it as much or am I right in thinking that no one really bothers bowling it as a wicket-taking ball these days? And if so, why? Is it just too hard to bowl accurately? Not that good a ball anyway? Are batsman these days too clever for it?
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    Appears to be difficult to master. Grimmett was reputedly the inventor of the ball and it took him years before he used it in a match.
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    It's bloody hard to bowl. Much easier to bowl the slider.

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    As everyone else says, hard. You'd think it would be a useful delivery in T20s but probably not enough advantage over a flat, quick slider, which is ten times easier to bowl and probably not much less disguised (especially as picking it out of the hand seems to be out of fashion).


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    I remember watching a video where Warne sets up a South African batsman with the Ripper... It was brilliant...!!!

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    Found the Video. It was 1993-94 South Africa tour to Australia.. And the Batsman was Daryll Cullinan

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    Warne's flipper was what really set him apart pre 1998. It was an amazing delivery which took oodles of wickets.

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    Did Kumble bowl the flipper?

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    During my youth crcket playing days i can recall Devendra Bishoo working on his flipper. He had a very good googly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    Did Kumble bowl the flipper?
    Not from what I saw. I don't imagine it would have been as useful for him anyway, given that his stock ball was generally flatter and quicker. What made Warne's so deadly was that his stock leg break was slow and loopy and when he threw the flipper in it looked like it was just a dragged down half-tracker. So the batsman would set up to cut or pull it expecting it to grip, turn and bounce slowly off the wicket but it just shot through low and straight and you were pretty ****ed.

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    How was Steve Smith's flippa

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    It is an extremely hard delivery to bowl and get right. From my own experience in trying to bowl it, it uses a lot of strength from the shoulder to push it through as well (which is why Warne couldn't really bowl it after his shoulder injury).

    A few bowlers bowled it. Richie Benaud and Abdul Qadir come to mind among the exponents of the flipper. I think Mushtaq Ahmed would bowl it occassionally (although not very successfully).
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    It is an extremely hard delivery to bowl and get right. From my own experience in trying to bowl it, it uses a lot of strength from the shoulder to push it through as well (which is why Warne couldn't really bowl it after his shoulder injury).

    A few bowlers bowled it. Richie Benaud and Abdul Qadir come to mind among the exponents of the flipper. I think Mushtaq Ahmed would bowl it occassionally (although not very successfully).

    Mushy's action was very jumpy. Based on the few times I did try it (Warney himself advised how to bowl it, in person, during the 2004 test.. ) you need a more stable delivery point to get it right.
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    Yes Warne lost the ability to Bowl Flipper post his Shoulder Surgery...

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