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5 dream cross-generation bowling combinations that we'll never get to see 

S Samaddar
9.01K   //    23 Oct 2017, 02:03 IST

Great fast bowlers are at their deadliest when they hunt in pairs, and over the course of cricket's history, many such pairs have wrecked havoc . They combine different skill sets to create an incredibly tough challenge for most batsmen.

Let's take a look at five bowling pairs that exist only in imagination, but could have been extremely effective if they had teamed up during their peaks.

#5 Richard Hadlee-Shane Bond

New Zealand v Australia - 2nd ODI
Shane Bond

New Zealand has been blessed with several gifted fast bowlers over the years, but Sir Richard Hadlee is, without doubt, the greatest of them all. With 431 Test wickets and 158 in ODIs, Hadlee's ability to swing the ball and extract seam movement on any pitch made him a deadly bowler.

If one had to think of a dream bowling partner for him, it would have to be speedster Shane Bond. Hadlee's superb control of swing bowling coupled with Bond's speed, movement and bounce would have instilled fear in any batting line-up in the world.

Surviving the hostility of Bond and then facing the guile of Hadlee would have been the stuff of nightmares for even the best batsmen!

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