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5 bowlers who were dominant for a short span of time

  • These bowlers were on top of their game during a particular period but were unable to perform on a consistent basis.
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Modified 28 Jun 2016, 19:18 IST

The ability to perform consistently is what separates the great players from the good ones. Most of the finest cricketers of all time, be it batsmen and bowlers, are known to hit numerous purple patches in their respective careers which helped them achieve unprecedented success.

On the contrary, though, there have been players who came up with exceedingly good performances during a certain period in their careers but failed to replicate them at other times. As a result of this, they were unable to become as successful as they were expected to be.

Here are 5 bowlers who dominated for a short span of time:

5. Geoff Allott (New Zealand)

Geoff Allott was brilliant in the 1999 World Cup

Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott had a brief career for his national side which lasted a little under 5 years. Although he played 10 Tests, he was more of a 50-over specialist and represented the Kiwis in 31 ODIs, claiming 52 wickets at an average of 23.21.

Allott's biggest claim to fame was the 1999 ICC World Cup where he became the first bowler ever to break the 20-wicket barrier in a single edition of the tournament. In fact, the pacer was in tremendous form throughout the year and grabbed 34 wickets in 17 ODIs.

However, his form dipped badly in the year that followed and Geoff Allott was not seen on the international cricketing scene again.

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