Zaheer/Steyn/Anderson: Who is the better leader of a bowling attack?

@ram_cv (16516)
India
January 3, 2011 6:51pm CST
In the past year or so, Zaheer Khan, Dale Steyn and James Anderson have been the standout leaders of respective bowling attacks. Of these three who do you think is the best leader of a bowling attack? Cheers! Ram
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@msdivkar (1903)
• India
4 Jan 11
I feel Dale Steyn I feel is the best of the lot. With his 140 plus km/hr speed and good wrist action he is the deadliest baller. His strike rate is testimony to that. He has been effective even on slow Indian pitches. Zaheer is equally talented but recurring injuries have slowed down his pace considerably but effective on any surfaces. Anderson is effective only on baller friendly pitches and conditions favorable to swing balling. His stint at India is not that impressive.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
5 Jan 11
On speed and strike rate, I tend to agree with your analysis, but what about leading the bowling line up and contributing to other bowlers? Cheers! Ram
@siliguri (4224)
• India
4 Jan 11
Very tough question to me.. My answer will be Dale Steyn having a thrill bowling attack then zaheer and anderson as he also retaining the 1st spot in icc ranking..
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
5 Jan 11
Yes, Steyn is the current no. 1 in the ICC rankings. But do you think he contributes more for the other bowlers as a leader of the pack? Cheers! Ram
• India
4 Jan 11
pretty easy.it has to be zaheer khan.both anderson and steyn can bowl at mid 140's consistently and they are at their best at fast track or track that assists swings whereas zaheer rarely bowl in 140's but he can move the ball either way quite easily. if steyn can do that,he would be devastating
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
5 Jan 11
Steyn does swing the ball both ways as well and he has been devastating in the last year actually. He is currently no. 1 in the ICC rankings... Cheers! Ram
@srijshm (1165)
• India
4 Jan 11
It has to be Zaheer. Anderson can be left out of the equation, because he can get pretty deflated himself on an off day. Zaheer & Steyn have always led from the front.Bur responsibility wise it has to be Zaheer, because youngsters have excelled under him. In one-day internationals, he even sets the filed during 3rd powerplays. The mid off/ on field position for him also means that captain realizes his role as a motivator & guide to the other bowlers,
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
5 Jan 11
I agree with your assessment. I think Zaheer contributes more to others around him. Cheers! Ram
@rajeev075 (1936)
• India
4 Jan 11
You man these all bowlers are doing well and expect to do well in future, styen has speed but i feel zaheer is better bowler.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
5 Jan 11
Yes, Zaheer has more variety, though Steyn has more discipline. Cheers! Ram