Top 10 reverse swing bowlers of all time
Reverse swing has probably been the biggest taboo in cricket ever since its secret was first developed and later perfected by the Pakistani pacers. It is also referred to as Irish swing in some parts of the world.In case of reverse swing, the ball moves in the air in the direction of the shiny side as opposed to conventional swing, where the ball swings in the air in the direction opposite to the shine. Another aspect of reverse swing, which makes it unique from conventional swing, is the fact that the ball tends to move much more prodigiously and a lot later, making it doubly difficult for batsmen to negotiate.The concept of reverse swing bowling came to prominence only during the late 1970s, and has been the cause of many controversies and batting collapses over the years.But it’s an incredibly difficult art to master. Though there is lesser secrecy shrouding it than at the time of its conception, it’s still not anyone’s cup of tea. Only very skilled bowlers have been able to exploit it. Here, we take a look at the 10 bowlers who mastered the art of reverse swing:
#10 Simon Jones
Its a travesty that Simon Jones played just 18 Tests for England because he was blessed with more than enough quality to play at least 50 Test matches for his country, if not more.
It was during the 2005 Ashes series on home soil that Jones came to the fore as he took 18 wickets from 4 Tests at an average of 21 and strike-rate of 34 and helped England achieve their first Ashes victory in approximately 2 decades.
His dismissal of Michael Clarke, who shouldered arms to a ball that tailed into him late and knocked his off stump out of the ground, in the Old Trafford Test remains one of the most memorable dismissals of that series to this day.