Tom Eaton, in this month’s Cricket Monthly, has some fine words on the man who used to be the world’s fastest vegetarian bowler, the “handsome” Javagal Srinath:
“The guy was almost a proper fast bowler; making the new ball swing in or seam away; getting the old one to cut back; finding the outside edge, beating the inside edge….
“You might have seen an honest toiler who could nip out a few here and there. But I saw a strike bowler who dismissed South Africa’s batsmen at a better strike rate than Warne, Murali and McGrath.
“I saw a man coming back over after over, Test after Test, year after year; excellent to the end.
“Only six bowlers have taken more Test wickets against South Africa, ever.
“No seamer of the last 50 years has taken more.”
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