Sultans of Swing

In the early and mid-nineties, when Pakistan toured England, England was bowled out stock and barrell thanks primarily to the “swinging” exploits of the Sultans of swing – Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. The stumps cart-wheeling all over the ground was a familiar site. Today, England seems to be using the same medicine on the Aussies and so, swing bowling is really the hot topic nowadays. Even more importantly, reverse swing has become music to the ears of the Englishmen and the death knoll for the Aussies. While the Aussies spend some timeout figuring out this whole reverse swinging business of Harmison, Jones, Flintoff and Hoggard, here is a useful primer on swing bowling – this should get you started.

Time to sing and become the “Sultans of Swing”, eh ?

— Thyaga


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