10 players who revolutionised limited overs cricket through innovations
Cricket as a game has evolved a lot over the years. The modern-day bowlers and batsmen were forced to come up with innovative strategies to take their game to the next level. They were made to invent new things.
A lot of innovative shots evolved along with a lot of variations from the bowlers. Ramp shots, switch hits, doosra, carrom ball etc made the limited overs game more interesting than ever before.
Here are 10 players who revolutionised the LOI game with innovations.
#10 Saqlain Mushtaq
Doosra is a type of delivery used by off-spinners in cricket. The doosra spins in the opposite direction to an off-break.
This delivery was brought into the limelight by the Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq. It is bowled from the back of the hand with a lot of top-spin with no change in action or wrist posting, making it a very difficult delivery for batsmen to pick.
Bowlers like Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh, Johan Botha and many others used the delivery but Murali came the closest in terms of success. It was one of the toughest deliveries to bowl and many bowlers found it hard to deliver it within the rules of the game.
#9 Sachin Tendulkar
Thought not invented by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, he was the one who made it famous and mastered the uppercut
He used it successfully against the blistering pace of Shoaib Akhtar in the 2003 World Cup game at Durban. He did the same to Brett Lee in Perth. Considering the pace of the two bowlers, it needs an amazing skill to play that shot.
Virender Sehwag mastered it too and played it numerous times in his career. He uppercut Waqar Younis for a stunning six during the 2003 World Cup. He played it a little different than Sachin Tendulkar, but equally effective.