Opening the bowling with a spinner

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Harbhajan SinghIndia is the home of spin bowling, so we always want to see EXTREME TRIAL BY SPIN whenever there’s a Test over there.

There’s some batsman who’s supposed to be good against spin bowling. Yeah? How will he fare in an EXTREME TRIAL BY SPIN?

Harbhajan Singh opened the bowling for India today, hinting that South Africa’s batsmen were to face an EXTREME TRIAL BY SPIN. South Africa pretty much failed their EXTREME TRIAL BY SPIN, getting bowled out for 121.

You might think you’re all right against spin, but only the finest can withstand a true EXTREME TRIAL BY SPIN.


Mike Gatting wasn't receiving the King Cricket email when he dropped that ludicrously easy chance against India in 1993.


Why risk it when it's so easy to sign up?


  1. For the EXTREME TRIAL BY SPIN, they should play it as a caged pitch, and throw chairs at them when the spinners are on.

  2. Quite an interesting contrast between the two sides’ spinners, too. None of the South Africans could score against Harbhajan and Sehwag, but when Paul Harris comes on Sehwag promptly smashes him back over his head for two huge sixes.

    Perhaps Paul Harris secretly wants to be a middle-order batsman who bowls a bit of spin.

  3. I once had a trial by spin.

    I asked Alastair Campell for directions.

    He never once gave me a direct answer.

    I found my way eventually, after asking someone else.

    Crazy days.

  4. The US elections are turning into a trial by spin. That said, Harbhajan Singh has been conspicuously absent — so perhaps they don’t qualify as an EXTREME TRIAL BY SPIN. I will watch the upcoming Democratic debate for his turbanatorness.

  5. I can play spin. I can. I was never trialled by spin and found guilty. Never. Are you a left arm …. chinaman? NO, aggh no… please – no more spin.


  6. Don’t feel too sorry for Paul Harris. He’s guaranteed a contract with Warwickshire, the county who will sign you as long as you meet their two strict criterions:

    1. You must be a South African
    2. You must be atleast as mediocre as Dewald Pretorius and Neil Carter.

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