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He is undoubtedly the best spinner currently, I reckon. But is it possible to knock the bottle top by a cricket ball?
I,too, would like to see Bhajji on the top but the fact is He is terrible out of form at the moment. Its been quite sometimes now. If you are the strike bowler of your side, your work is not only to contend the batsman but to take wickets too.
@mrjinx64, it was not thrown by Warnie. Its been computerized.
@Joeblow, Nice examples to prove me wrong.
It doesn’t prove anything other than he got lucky with bowling the ball in the right spot.
I can remember when I was in high school we were at an indoor basketball court and I got a basketball up one end of the court and when no teacher was watching I just kicked it as far as I could up the other end of the court. I kicked it so that it landed in the hoop up the other end on the full without even touching the rim! It would have been about a 40+ metre kick with a basketball and to land it in the hoop without it even touching the rim would be a 1 in a million type shot. That doesn’t mean I am the best kick of a basketball in the world. Also I kicked a football (Australia rules foortball that is) in the basketball court at school and I was deliberately aiming to kick it in the hoop and I landed it 3 times out of about 15 tries. If you know what an Australian rules football looks like, it takes a lot of control with the kick to get it to remain straight and spin the correct way to have a chance of going in the hoop. I am by no means the best kick of a football in fact I would be lucky to kick a goal from 30 metres out, but sometimes you can just fluke it.
G Swann took 10-217 against Bangladesh.His first 10 wicket haul in test matches.He seems to be a spinner who can adapt to all conditions just like Vettori at present.
From last year he has been in exceptional form with the ball for England.
Do you think he is the best spinner in the world at the moment in Test matches?
You’ve hit the nail again Shiva.That’s what I have been saying all these months.He can spin the ball on the flattest of pitches,has a very delightful & energized action & he also has the knack of picking wickets in the first over of a new spell.His drifting ball is as dangerous or even better than the modern doosra.His batting,fielding & cheery attitude are also a big plus for the English team.Swann along with Pietersen & Morgan have revolutionized modern English cricket in all 3 formats.
Prem-Kumble took 10 wickets in 1 innings(along with Laker).Hundreds have taken 10 wickets in a match.
-I can’t understand why comparisions are being made with Warne,Kumble & Murali.The question clearly states at the moment.
Neilithic-Hauritz may have a better average but you can’t forget the opposition.Swann played against India & South Africa while Hauritz picked most of his wickets against a T-20 Pakistani side playing test cricket & a weak West Indian one.Swann was instrumental for drawing the series against S.A.
Hauritz also got most of his wickets due to errors made by the hard hitting test batsmen while Swann had to literally earn every wicket.
Dan hasn’t bowled well in the last 12 months while the Indians recently massacred Murali.
Graeme Swann has a fantastic record and he deserves his spot as the top spinner of 2009 especially when he has played on wickets in the West Indies, England and South Africa which are not known for their assistance to spinners. His major advantage is his ability to bowl at any pace and still get spin and this makes his arm ball much more effective. I would not yet say he is better than Vettori but I can’t think of many other spinners who are as good at the moment. I think if he has a good 2010 then he may well be considered the top spinner in the world.
Yeah he is the best spinner currently.Unlike Harbhajan,he certainly does more than smile & sledge shamelessly & unlike Murali,he picks up wickets on all tracts.He recently picked up about 20+ wickets in a series in South Africa-probably the first ever spinner to do so.His batting is also much better.His action is very authentic & also very traditional & he doesn’t bowl illegal doosras,teesras,etc,
Graeme Swann terrorized our batting line up with good off breaks. He’s the best at the moment. He also terrorized the Aussies in The Ashes. Unfortunately Harbhajan relies on the doosra which should be illegalized. Swann bowls clean deliveries and takes bags of wickets.
he was 2nd in terms of most Test match wickets in 2009 – only Mitchel Johnson took more. He has now proved he can perform against the best with 9 wickets in the match against S.A.
there are few ‘great’ spinners now in the international game – Vettori and Harbhajan are his main competitors I guess.
►Then what about vettori , shakib ul hasan , ajmal , kaneria◄
►He would be in Top 5◄