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IPL 2017: Gambhir Says Knuckle Ball Borrowed from Baseball

Cricketnext Staff |May 11, 2017, 2:22 PM IST
IPL 2017: Gambhir Says Knuckle Ball Borrowed from Baseball

New Delhi: The knuckle ball has been a super hit this season in the IPL with pacers across all teams using it to deceive batsmen. And Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has revealed how the delivery has been borrowed from the game of baseball.

“The knuckle-ball is something cricket has borrowed from baseball, but is tough to master. In baseball, the variation is used by a pitcher from a stationary position. Cricketers like Mohit (Sharma) deserve credit for putting this variation into practice while running in at full speed,” Gambhir wrote in his column for Hindustan Times.

Not just Mohit, even Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the highest wicket-taker this season with 23 wickets in 12 games has used it to good effect in this season.

Not far behind is Rising Pune Supergiant’s Jaydev Unadkat who has picked 17 wickets from 8 games and is one of the prime reasons behind Pune’s rise in the second half of the season after failing to win too many games in the first half.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
2
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
6
BAN
6 2 3 1 5 -0.40
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
6 0 6 0 0 -1.71

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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