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5 times the Indian team struggled against left arm seamers

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16 Oct 2017, 18:01 IST

Wasim Akram led Pakistan's attack against India at the Coca-Cola Cup in 1998/99

Left-hand bowlers are always a treat to watch. They are always a precious asset to the team and most of the team use them as trump-card bowlers because of the natural variation they possess, which is to make the straight delivery look like it has done something when it moves away from the right-handed batsman. Left-handed bowlers have always been creating problems for most batsmen and Indian batsmen are no exception.

Akash Chopra rightly commented that life's better in cricket if you are a left-handed batsman or bowler. Now let's look at few instances where left-arm seamers baffled the Indian batting lineup.

#1 India Vs Pakistan, Coca-Cola Cup finals, 1998/99

India looked confident before the finals, as they had won all of their games in the seven-game event. England was out of contention after losing their first 3 games, two of them to India. The finals were all set between the two teams, India and Pakistan.

After winning the toss, India elected to bat first. Wasim Akram, widely known as the sultan of swing, started the proceedings by picking up 2 wickets in 2 balls in the first over of the match by bamboozling the opener Sadagoppan Ramesh and Rahul Dravid.

Ramesh got out in 3 balls of which the first one was struck in front of the wickets but the batsman was lucky enough to get away with it. The third ball he faced was a similar one, but this time the umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger.

Dravid was the next victim and he was shocked by a Jaffa. Thereafter, India hardly recovered from the blow and later he drew last blood.

 Wasim Akram led their bowling attack with his impressive swing bowling and was adjourned the man of the match in the finals of the Coca-Cola Cup for his 3/11 in 8 overs.

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