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Cricket is a dynamic sport and is quite a popular sport in Bangladesh. Just like this, fantasy cricket in Bangladesh has also gained huge popularity. We frequently witness some astonishing events. Cricket offers other rarities to witness than players smashing the ball out from the ground and delivering a few fiery spells. One such exceptional phenomenon is a bowler who can bowl both pace and spin simultaneously. Therefore, having a bowler who can throw both pace and spin bowling is quite valuable. A bowler using two styles of bowling in the very same match has only been documented in a few number of instances.
In this article we will take our readers through some of the most talented bowlers who have bowled both pace and spin in the same game.
Due to the availability of reverse swing and his belief that getting the ball to tail in late would be more successful than his leg-spin during Pakistan’s first innings of the Karachi Test against Australia, Marnus Labuschange, an effective part-time leg-spinner, bowled one over of medium pace. However, on Day 5, the surface offered turn and help to spinners, thus in the second innings, Marnus switched back to his leg-spin and bowled one maiden over.
In Test format, the world cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev bowled alongside the Indian left-arm seamer. However, Ghavri was also a good left-arm orthodox spinner. Back in 1977, during the second innings of a test match against England, the Indian spinners struggled to get wickets. Ghavri now had the opportunity to practise some of his left-arm orthodox spin. It worked surprisingly well and did miracles. Significantly, Ghavri took five wickets, shocking Bedi. This test game concludes in a draw thanks to Ghavri’s efforts.
Sohail Tanvir, a former left-arm pacer for Pakistan who is commonly known for delivering off the wrong foot, had a spell of 6 for 14 during the first Indian T20 League season. But few people would be aware that he could also bowl spin. The fast bowlers did not have a lot of support during the 2007 Test match against India at Eden Gardens. Tanvir observed this and made the decision to experiment. He really bowled a few left-arm orthodox overs and appeared to be at ease while doing so.
In the middle of the 1980s, former Indian all-rounder Manoj Prabhajakar was a consistent member of the team. During the 1996 World Cup, he demonstrated his fast and spin bowling prowess against Sri Lanka. While batting first, India amassed a respectable total of 271 runs because to Sachin Tendulkar’s explosive performance. Sanath Jayasuriya, a formidable batsman for Sri Lanka, has hammered every bowler during the chase, though. Prabhakar in particular lost 33 runs during his first two overs. When Prabhakar was given the ball, he immediately switched to spin bowling and only allowed 14 runs in the following two overs. He then bounced back, finishing his four overs with the dismal total of 0 for 47.
Retired Indian cricket team batsman Sunil Gavaskar is one of the most well-known names to pop-up on this intriguing list. Gavaskar, often known as Sunny, accumulated over 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Additionally, he recorded almost 3,000 runs in ODIs. During his international career, Gavaskar took two wickets for India. Being able to bowl both right-arm off-break and right-arm medium makes him one of the few Indian bowlers in this field.
Bowling is indeed an import part of cricket and if some bowlers have the talent to bowl both fast and spin together, its an added advantage. Also, in online cricket fantasy premier league matches, it would be an added advantage if you can pick a player who can bowl in both forms.