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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

Mervyn Dillon
PTI
October 09, 2002
First Published: 21:42 IST(16/9/2002)
Last Updated: 11:10 IST(9/10/2002)

This man has the as a habit of staring. He cannot be blamed for that. He is only trying to make up with facial gestures what he cannot do with pace. He is not a fast bowler, at least not in the great West Indian tradition.

So if he tries to fit himself squarely into a rich tradition of lethal bowling activity, with some gesturing, he should not be blamed.

Dillon looks like a giant and bowls quite gently. But he makes up for pace with some balls that move away late, making him the darling of the slip fielders. He can dig it in too. He has a strike rate of 59.9 in the 24 Tests he has played.

The role of his wife Sophia is crucial to his maturing as a bowler. Sophia follows him around, puts down the scores, gives him the right tips and acts as his agent too. There's more of Dillon that will be seen in the ICC series.

He has 93 one-day International wickets in his 69 matches with 5/51, his best bowling figures to date.

  


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