Is Malinga the best limited overs match?

@ram_cv (16516)
India
October 9, 2011 3:01am CST
Looking at the way Malinga bowled yesterday against Somerset was I think it was clear that one of the all time best bowlers in the limited overs game was in action. The first two overs he took two wickets, but it was when he came back that the variety and quality of his bowling shone through. Do you think he is the best ever limited overs bowler of all time? Cheers! Ram
4 responses
• India
9 Oct 11
At present from,yes i think.But his round arm action is kind of weird.IT seems like bowlers with round arm action have advantage over other bowlers.Look at shoaib akhtar,beacuse they can easily bowl low full toss and yorkers if they practise well.I am a person who believes that round arm action should be banned for fast bowlers because the action provides them with extra pace as well.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
9 Oct 11
My father really hates his round arm action. Being a purist, every time Malinga comes on the screen he shouts cheater. :) But I guess ICC which runs the game have made a provision for such bowlers and hence he is legal!! Cheers! Ram
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
12 Oct 11
I agree with Abhisek that both Malinga and Murali are highly talented and hardworking sportsperson. But I also agree with Ravi and nrguy that this is not a valid excuse for someone to have an illegal action. In fact, ICC had to change it's rules to accommodate both these players. Cheers! Ram
@msdivkar (1903)
• India
9 Oct 11
Hi ram, Malinga is quiet an effective bowler in O.D.I.s and T20s and at times almost unplayable. He has not been so much effective in test cricket. He had been wayward initially but practiced hard to get control over his line and length. It is very difficult to have a full control over line and length in his type of bowling. I really do not like his action, apart from the bowler getting advantage in pace, the batsman is at disadvantage in gauging the ball because of its delivery point. It is almost in line with the umpire's face. As about his being all time great, I don't think so. There have been a lot of bowlers better than him. Garner, Marshall, McGrath, Kumble, Warn to name a few, I feel were better O.D.I. bowlers.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
10 Oct 11
I think you are not alone in not liking his action. But you are right, with his action it is actually very difficult to achieve the control he gets. Amongst the bowlers you mentioned, only McGrath, Kumble and Warne were successful ODI bowlers. Cheers! Ram
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
14 Oct 11
Fanie De Villiers... Ah, I too liked him a lot. He was a javelin thrower early in his career. His bowling action also reflected this background. Cheers! Ram
@venkit (2957)
• India
11 Oct 11
Mallinga is a strong player in limited over matches. He is a very valuable resource in limited over matches, and the captain should use him carefully. And Harbajan have done that duty perfectly in this CLT20. his yorking deliveries are almost unplayable even for a quaity batsman. simply good in T20's and ODI's.
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• India
10 Oct 11
Yes, definitely. No other bowler could match him. His action does the most damage then his perfect line length and yorkers. His ability to deliver yorker in almost every balls makes him unstoppable. He also has various kinds of delivers under his sling. His "slinga" is an almost unplayable if not defended properly. I like his action very much as well as his hair style. He leaves the balls below than the average players do which makes little adjustment to the batsmen. He takes wickets in almost every matches and is very dependable bowler. He can also contribute with bat and a good fielder too. He could be an important to an team and could fit to any bowling side.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
11 Oct 11
It is amazing the consistency with which he delivers the yorkers. Especially with the sling arm action of his. I think he probably has the maximum number of bold wickets. Cheers! Ram