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In simple words, when the ball gets older and is worn out, it will start to swing in the opposite direction. Hence in this case, an outswinger’s grip will tail into the batsman while an inswinger will move away from the batter.
Lever later recalled in Wisden: “I wore the gauze after lunch on the third day, when we had them seven down, but discarded it quite quickly as it didn’t really work. I put it behind the stumps, but the umpire [Judah Reuben] picked it up and claimed it had come adrift while I was bowling. He obviously felt there was something underhand going on, and he reported it to Bishan Bedi, India’s captain, and then to the Indian board, who leaked it to the press.”
Wasim Akram extended the boundaries of what could be done with a leather ball. He could veer it early or late; in addition to it, he could seam and cut in and away at angles. Akram could expertly even impart swing and extract seam in one offering to befuddle the best. Just recollect the delivery he bowled to Rahul Dravid in Chennai in 1999.
In the memorable 2005 Ashes, Marcus Trescothick, England’s opener and ball shiner, was believed to have used Murray Mints before shining the ball
Pakistan’s arch-rivals, India, were slow to understand the nuances of swinging the old ball. Manoj Prabhakar, the gritty all-rounder, showed the way for other Indian pacers in the late 1980s. Javagal Srinath, consistently perhaps India’s quickest bowler, used it to good effect in the 1990s, exemplified by his match-turning spell of 6 for 21 versus South Africa in Ahmedabad.