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Pace, swing, cut, and craft: 11 masterful spells in India

We are living in a golden age of Indian fast bowling. Pitches, conditions, match situation – nothing seems to matter. India’s bowling attack is ruthlessly targeting the opposition, and summoning magic deliveries at will.

What better time to talk about our favorite quick bowling performances in Indian conditions – from Malcolm Marshall’s devastating spell in Kanpur to Javagal Srinath’s 13-wicket-haul in a losing cause to Jason Gillespie’s lionhearted effort in Chennai to Dale Steyn’s spell-of-a-lifetime in Nagpur.

And let’s not forget the splendid feats of swing bowling from the likes of Roger Binny, L Balaji and Tim Southee – sussing up Indian conditions and knocking out batsmen on largely benign surfaces.


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When Marshall Law was declared in Kanpur – Clayton Murzello in Mid-Day

India v West Indies series review by Tony Cozier – YouTube video

Dale Steyn spell at Nagpur 2010 – video from BCCI website

Javagal Srinath 8-86 spell v Pakistan in 1999 – Youtube video

West Indies rattle India after Kapil Dev’s historic spell – Arunabha Sengupta in

India v Australia, Chennai Test, 2001 – Youtube video

Umesh’s spell of pace and fire – Karthik Krishnaswamy in

How Southee outsmarted India – Aakash Chopra in ESPNcricinfo


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