Pause, rewind, play: Waqar Younis and his extraordinary late-swinging, toe-crushing yorker - ToP NewS

Pause, rewind, play: Waqar Younis and his extraordinary late-swinging, toe-crushing yorker

No delivery, arguably, has been as feared in the history of the game as the late-swinging, toe-crushing yorker and no one, arguably, bowled that delivery better than Waqar Younis.

There have been faster bowlers, there have been more aggressive bowlers, there have been bowlers with better control. But hand a reverse-swinging ball to Younis and the terror reached unmatched proportions.

The sight of Younis charging in, his cheeks bobbing up and down with each step left little doubt of his intentions. He wanted the batsman gone and he was going to attack the stumps. And fittingly, as many as 212 out of this 373 career Test wickets came either bowled or leg before the wicket.

Of course, he owed a lot to the discovery of reverse swing by Pakistan’s Sarfraz Khan.

“Sarfraz discovered reverse swing by bowling with balls of all conditions, new, semi-new and old,” wrote Peter Oborne in his 2014 book Wounded Tiger.

“He began on matting wickets, where he could cut the ball. ‘One day, I shone one side of a very old ball and it swung. It was rough on both sides, but I shone one side and it swung towards the shine. It should not have done this.’ In that Eureka moment, reverse swing was born.”

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