A. Yeah he bowled with pace control and accuracy and got the ball to reverse immensely at such a brisk pace.It was an inspired spell of bowling which took the indians completely off guard and took the match away from them single handedly in few minutes.So there is something in the subcontinent wickets too if the bowlers are willing to bend their back.
A. Every team is willing to get more and more benefits of playing at home be it a spectators , be it a pitch. In Indian sub-continent our players are more comfortable with Batting suitable pitches or for the pitch which is more beneficiary to Spinners but not for Pace Bowlers.
Undoubtably Steyn's performance was great achievement for him as well as for RSA and it shows his efficiency and his accuracy in terms of bowling.
a good bowler will get wickets definately if he knows his job perfectly be a Fast Bowler or a Spinner , one has to master it for best performance. Murali is quoted by many ppl that " Murali can make a ball spin even on Glass" that means he is master in what he is doing.
A. i think steyn got it right when he said that an in-swinging yorker at 150+ is the same anywhere in the world. i think the word "graveyard" is misleading. we are a graveyard for medium pacers but genuine fast bowlers have always done well here; and even more likely now that the art of reverse swing is pretty universal. but you have to be quick and that is the bottom line.
A. As far is India is winning, nobody talks about the state of Indian pitches. When India loses, everybody starts commenting on the state of Indian pitches and how the pitch benefited the opposition then the home team. So whatâ€™s the formula for bowlers to succeed on Indian pitches? Pace and accuracy, of course. All Steyn and Parnell did was to bowl excellent line and length deliveries to Indian batsmen. The Proteas had done their home-work excellently well and Steyn proved yet again why he is the worldâ€™s no. 1 bowler. They had game-plans on how to bowl to each batsman in our team and they executed it almost flawlessly.
So, as far as bowlers bowl their heart out with good line and length deliveries and have good pace to boot, they can definitely succeed on Indian pitches in particular and sub-continental pitches in general. Itâ€™s really a pity that we require quality quickies from other countries that our pitches do assist quality bowlers! Weâ€™ve produced quite a number of pace bowlers, but very few can bowl at around 90 mph consistently. Also, many bowlers mysteriously lose their pace after some time. Abhimanyu Mithun has shown tremendous promise and we need to see if he can turn out to be our very own Brett Lee or Shoaib Akhtar.
A. Hi Mate, While not taking away any credit from Steyn, I would only blame the Indian batsman for the debacle. True, the reverse swing was put to great use by Steyn and company, yet there were many cases of padding up and getting bowled. It only shows that the batsmen were making some serious errors in their judgment. The storm was not expected until sehwag and badrinath were batting with some composure. As usual the centurion in the first innings lost his cool and threw his wicket away thereby cutting the ribbon and inaugurating the collapse that followed. It only goes to show once again against quality teams like SA we need to do lot of home work and be on our toes. Yes, as you have rightly pointed out our bowlers can learn a lesson or two from Steyn and company. If they did, then it would be worth the loss in the first test match. After all life is only little journey of continuous learnig, isn't it?
A. Dale Steyn Bowling was really phenomenal. But I feel Indians lost mainly because they weren't exposed to such fiery bowling in the recent past for quite some time. This was a clear advantage where Steyn capitalized even before the start of the series where he targeted the successful opening pair of Sehwag and Gambhir. Dale Steyn performance is a testimony to the fact that when you put the ball in the right areas, you are bound to get wickets. But can there be any consistent performance on flat wickets is a question that is hard to answer.
A. Pace in the air (more than 145 kmph) is always helpful on any tracks. When you add reverse-swing, it becomes a deadly combination. No wonder, the Indians could hardly play 65 overs against Steyn. This can be attributed to both the art of the bowler as well as lack of experience in the Indian line-up.