"It may be worth going to YouTube and typing in "Murali and leg-spin".
There you will find Muralidaran bowling two balls of perfect leg-spin to South African Ashwell Prince last year with a straight arm.
No kink, no bend, nothing illegal.
Commentator Dean Jones even hailed Muralidaran for bowling "a Shane Warne, beautifully bowled".
"Has he taken lessons from Shane Warne?" Jones wondered.
Muralidaran has said he has a deformity in his bowling arm which does not allow him to bowl in a conventional manner. If he can bowl a leg-spinner perfectly, surely he can do the same with his off spin, top-spin and doosra?
I await the next round of blogs." writes Jon Pierik for the Herald Sun.
The clip in question was actually posted by a friend of mine in 2006. It's amusing how the 'pundits' have just begun noticing it, timing is the crucial word here.
Some (mainly in the southern hemisphere) have asked "If his action is legal why does the ICC not publish the findings?" It would be a relevant question if the ICC actually cared? The game's governing body is not responsible for it's fan's stupidity. The Hindu a prominent Indian newspaper published the full page bowling report years ago.
Imagine if the ICC passed judgement on bowling actions based on a grainy 10 minute video at 25 FPS?
Thus far nearly everything about Murali has been scrutinized even his integrity; Calling him a cheat is questioning the man's integrity and character. Now the 'pundits' question his congenital deformity of the elbow and as a result they question his deformity, sheer class!
Let me start off by explaining the optical illusion that led to the doubt in his action. Take a look at the following footage. Pay close attention to Murali bowling at normal speed with Mark Nicholas and then watch the super slow motion(2000FPS) footage that follows. At normal speed(25FPS) there appears to be a profound jerk in his action and the replay of the same delivery shows no profound jerk. This is sufficient proof that when it comes to Murali's action, one should trust science and not their eyes.
If common sense prevailed one would realise that even on a bent stick there is one angle that will make it look completely straight.
When I look at the slow motion replay of Murali bowling leg spin, I still see his arm bent.
So what next Murali critics? What next?
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