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5 best exponents of the outswinger in cricket history

S Samaddar
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Modified 19 Dec 2019, 11:10 IST

Malcolm Marshall
Malcolm Marshall

As far as facing fast bowling is concerned, raw pace can often unsettle batsmen and intimidate them, but the best players aren't often too perturbed by that. In order to trouble the best batsmen, bowlers need to send in deliveries that have some movement in the air or off the pitch. In that regard, movement in the air or in other words, swing is often regarded as the most potent weapon in the hands of the quicker bowlers.

Even a medium pacer can become lethal if he can swing the ball well.

Now, in terms of swing bowling, the outswing is almost always the more dangerous weapon since it attacks the outside edge, with slips waiting to pounce on any mistake. Moreover, the batsman needs to have an excellent judgement to know what to play and what to leave. A good outswing bowler preys on those vulnerabilities and manages to get wickets. Here is a look at the best outswing bowlers of all time.

#5 Malcolm Marshall

Everyone who has watched Malcolm Marshall bowl has accepted that he had everything in his bowling armoury. He was express fast, he could cut the ball either way, swing it, had a lethal bouncer and last but not the least, had an outstanding outswinger that troubled the best batsmen in the world. In a career spanning around 14 years, in which he took 376 Test wickets and 157 one day international wickets, many of those were the product of his famed outswing.

Marshall bowled it at pace and was accurate, which is why batsmen often found it difficult to simply leave his deliveries. Marshall's intelligence and his ability to control the swing were also some of the factors that made him such a remarkable outswing bowler.

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