In cricket, there has been a lot of shots and balls that have been invented over the years thanks to the changing needs of the game. There have been some balls such as googly, carrom balls that are considered as surprise weapons to rattle the batsmen. On the other hand, batsmen too have come up with few interesting shots to overcome the changing bowling styles. Cricwizz looks at the new innovation in bowling and batting and who has invented them.
Googly: Most of the current leg-spinners such as Rashid Khan, Imran Tahir, Adam Zampa, Amit Mishra, YS Chahal rely on it as their wicket-taking deliveries. But Rashid Khan of Afghanistan has been the most successful in regularly taking wickets with his ‘Googly’. So, what is googly? In simple terms, it’s a delivery that a leg-spinner turns the ball from the off to the leg, opposite of his stock leg-break balls. It is also known as Bosie, in honour of its inventor Bernard Bosanquet, a former England Test leg-break bowler. Read more about googly here
Carrom ball: It’s a type of delivery that is released similar to striking a striker in a game of carrom. Former Australia leg-spinner Jack Iverson was first reported to have used this type of spin bowling in 1950s post the Second World War. However, Iverson never named it the ‘carrom ball’. A decade later, Iverson’s countryman John Gleeson used this grip. However, the method of this spin bowling was almost forgotten before it was reintroduced in 2008. Sri Lankan off-spinner Ajantha Mendis terrorised Indian batsmen during his debut Test series in 2008, using the carrom ball to great effect. However, Mendis was soon sorted out and lost his place in the squad. Later, R Ashwin brought this type of delivery in his armoury. Read more about carrom ball here
Dilscoop: This shot is synonymous with former Sri Lankan cricketer TM Dilshan who first used it against Deccan Chargers in an IPL match in 2009. Later, it became famous and was branded Dilscoop after Dilshan played it in 2010 World T20. There were few variants of scoop before but none better than Dilscoop that is played over the keeper’s head. Dilshan has even released video on how to perfect that shot.
Watch the video below
Mankading: A batsman is said to have been mankaded if a bowler, before releasing the ball and completing his usual delivery swing, runs out the batsman at the non-striker’s end who has moved out of the crease. This mode of dismissal is named after former Indian player Vinoo Mankad who dismissed Australian Bill Brown in this fashion during the Sydney Test of 1947. Mankad had earlier dismissed Brown in the similar fashion in the same tour during a match against Australian XI. Mankad had warned Brown on that occasion before running him out. Expectedly, this type of dismissal received great flak from all quarters during the tour. Australian media accused Mankad of being unsportsmanlike.
Read more about mankading here