IPL 2019: Cricket is not the game it once was, and players from past generations may shake their heads at the idea of playing a Twenty20.
Twenty20 can be an unforgiving format of the game for bowlers and due to the way in which it favours batsmen, it can be tough for the best new ball bowlers to hold their own even against relatively mediocre batsman.
In such a situation, the role of the first change bowler becomes crucial. The bowler often needs to do damage control by either stifling the flow of runs or picking up a few wickets so that the batting team has to slow down a bit.
That is the sort of role that usually belongs to some of the best bowlers in the game and if the bowler is not good enough, then it is quite likely for him to go for runs as well.
Over the course of IPL history, plenty of superb first change bowlers have managed to change the course of games with excellent spells in that role.
The wrist-spinners, Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi has emerged as a dependable finger spinner, who relies on his natural game.
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