Apparently Ravi Bopara is ‘quicker than he looks’. This is a moronic statement that’s often made about a bowler.
‘He skids onto you a bit’ is another. Very rarely does anyone actually mean that the ball is delivered at such a low angle that the ball skids rather than bounces. Mostly people just mean ‘he’s quicker than he looks’.
No-one’s quicker than they look. Everyone’s exactly as quick as they look.
‘He bowls a heavy ball’ is our favourite. This can either mean ‘he’s quicker than he looks’ or it can mean that even though the bowl clearly travels at 70mph, at the exact second it strikes the bat, it accelerates to 80mph and just ‘feels heavier’.