There is nothing worse for a bowler than knowing you cannot give your all. If you try to, you can mess yourself up for the future, so you are torn between that and protecting your body. You simply cannot do both.
There are different roles you must play over 80 overs and that means you need to be versatile as a bowler.
To play 100 Tests is a lot of miles in the legs and just thinking about that many as a fast bowler hurts my back!
It is impossible to run in the whole day bowling at 90mph. If you can show me someone who does it then fair play. But I’ve not seen any bowler who bowls 90mph do it for a whole day.
In limited-overs, leg-spinners are often rewarded as batsmen go for big shots. In Tests, they don’t go after a bowler aggressively.
It is a bowler’s skill that gets him wickets in Tests.
It’s things that you find difficult as a bowler in matches that you have to practise more. Some people don’t, they just think line and length and forget about other things.
You have to assume as a bowler that the batsman is going to hit every ball that he will face. That’s where as a bowler you have to fancy your chances. If he is going to hit you, you can dismiss him. That is the confidence I give to my bowlers.
As a bowler our job is to create doubts in the minds of the batsmen.
As a bowler you need to keep an eye on what the batsman is trying to do till the last moment.
As a bowler, I was not scared of any batsman. They are not supposed to scare you; you have to scare them.
I have been saying for a long time that bowlers come in packs. When you have a senior bowler in the pack, he can guide the young bowlers in pressure situations by talking with them.
Green wickets. That is why everybody wants to be a fast bowler instead of being a spinner or a batsman.
I was inspired by the great West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner’s action. I gained confidence knowing I was emulating his action and eventually perfected the Yorker.
It doesn’t matter which era you play in. Wickets are the only way you can contain. Restricting the batsmen to six runs in the first over may look okay but in the next over they will hammer the other bowler. Giving ten runs and taking a wicket – I’ll take that any day.
From the bowler’s point of view, if I look at a batsman, I don’t see his shots, I see his defence. If a player has a strong defence, he is a very good player.
When I had a senior bowler guiding me as a young bowler, I had Imran bhai and I would ask him before every ball. It gives you that added confidence when a senior bowler tells you to do something.
I remember a conversation with James Anderson a few years ago about my skills and that conversation is something I can still recall. He said no two bowlers are the same, the way I bowl my outswinger will be different to the way you bowl yours so bowl to your strengths, keep it simple and don’t try to copy another bowler for the sake of it.
I’m about a 160, 170 bowler so I feel like I’m pretty good – I’m average, but I don’t stink, you know?
During the peak of my career, I used to pick the ball as soon it was released from the bowler’s hands. And I hit the ball through the line.
I used to prepare in advance on how the bowler is going to bowl, whether is he going to bowl an outswinger or an inswinger? I used to watch the videos of the bowler and used to prepare in advance.
I was scared of facing only one bowler – that was Muttiah Muralitharan.
Each bowler has his own pride when bowling in the nets but it’s vital that you get ball on bat and then you are ready to use the opportunity when you are out in the middle.
I won the glare with the bowler every time, because I knew that at some time he was going to have to turn around and go back to his mark.
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