He takes full advantage of the fact that a left-hand bowler, bowling round the wicket, can deliver the ball so that its flight in the air begins well outside the line between wicket and wicket and comes in towards the batsman, and then the ball, after pitching…goes across the wicket from off to leg.

[He also has] a faster ball which he delivers with his arm a little lower than usual, and which comes across quickly from the off and is inclined to keep rather low.

No, not a description of Imad Wasim, but of J.H. King of Leicestershire, taken from Beldam & Fry’s Great Bowlers and Fielders: Their Methods at a Glance, published in 1906.

But the similarities with Karthik Krishnaswamy’s analysis of Imad’s strategies bowling for Pakistan in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup are striking.

Published by Andrew Beaven

Cricket coach, fascinated by the possibilities offered by the game. More formally - ECB level 2 cricket coach; ECB National Programmes (All Stars & Dynamos Cricket) Activator Tutor; Chance to Shine & Team Up (cricket) deliverer; ECB ACO umpire.

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