The dearth of swing bowlers has made the cricketing world a sadder place. If you ask any batsman, whether express fast bowling is more difficult or quality swing bowling, 90% of them will choose the latter. And there have been some absolute beauties in my cricket viewing career. There are very few in contemporary times who can claim to be supremely skillful exponents of true swing bowling. There may be some who may not agree with some of my choices, but if there are any swing bowlers who can match these eleven then they must be some bowler. Here is Around the Wicket's "Best Swing XI" of the last 25 years.
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Fox Cricket yesterday aired both Smith's and Bancroft's version of what happened at Newlands. And I feel that they have caused more damage to their reputations than earned sympathy from the cricketing public. The interviews were more suited for "Oprah" or "60 minutes" then as fillers for the lunch or tea break.
Kohli is rendered with two shades of perception - one of an incomparable protagonist or one of a despised antagonist. Both these attitudes are largely due to his own brand, although there are certainly a significant number of these perspectives created by the cricketing fraternity.
With the first test between Australia and India going to the fifth day, there are some interesting facts that contribute to the significance of the contest between these two proud cricketing nations. Here is a little taste of their history in numbers.