New Delhi: Former Australian captain Allan Border lamented the dimishing art of bowling yorkers. He also said that even after 100 years of cricketing evolution, yorker is the best delivery to contain the flow of run.
“It seems to be a bit of a lost art, the yorker. I think after a 100 plus years of cricket it’s still the best ball to bowl when you’re trying not to get hit for more than a single," Border said on SEN radio.
With the advent of fast-paced Twenty20 cricket, bat has dominated the ball like never before. Recently, former Aussie fast bowler Glenn McGrath also expressed his despair at the deteriorating skill of bowlers to contain the run-flow.
Border, who captained Australia to their first ever World Cup title in 1987, also said that modern day bowlers are busy trying funky deliveries like slower bouncers instead of perfecting the yorker.
“Bowlers seem to be worried about off-speed bouncers and all sorts of funky deliveries rather than concentrating on hitting the base of off stump,” he added.
Unlike the previous ICC World Cups, the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand has so far witnessed teams posting 300+ totals on regular basis. This trend has made legends of the game question the veracity of competition, which at this time, is heavily in the favour of bat.