But if it is such a lethal delivery why don’t bowlers try it more often? This is because the Yorker is not an easy delivery to bowl, a minor mistake in pitching one can either result in a full toss or half-volley which can be easily dispatched. They are also popularly referred as sand shoe crusher, toe crusher, cobbler’s delight or nail breaker.
Here we have a look at some of the great bowlers who mastered this art.
One can never keep Pakistani’s out of such lists and Wasim Akram is one of those who perfected the art of bowling probably the most lethal and the one with the best results, in-swinging Yorkers.
His ability to ball six wicket-taking deliveries in an over was the standout feature.
The result was batsmen had no way out of the predicament. Akram had the unique ability to bowl Yorkers with great accuracy. His Yorkers are often summarized as “You save your legs, the stump goes for a walk and you save the stumps, then you cannot walk”.
The legendary pacer finished with 502 ODI wickets which is the second highest after Muttiah Muralitharan.
Lasith Malinga has been one of the most accurate fast bowlers, and the reason why batsmen all over the world have been made to look foolish by his toe-cruncher’s is his highly unorthodox bowling action.
He is the only bowler in the world to have two World Cup hat-tricks, the only bowler to have taken three hat-tricks in ODIs and the only player to have taken four wickets in four consecutive balls in any form of international cricket. Credit to his slinging action, the Yorkers look even more menacing when Malinga delivers them.
Brett had genuine pace and was always coming at you. Lee had two major weapons the bouncer and the Yorker. Talking about the latter it damaged many careers and surely halted some.
He used to bowl at an average speed of around 145 kph throughout a match. Lee was named Wisden’s cricketer of the year in 2006. “Binga” as he is popularly called was entrusted with the difficult job of bowling at the death quite regularly and he hardly disappointed.
It doesn’t matter where you play. It may be at the Wanderers, Chepauk or the Lord’s, a Yorker @150 kph will always be lethal. Steyn, widely regarded as the best fast bowler of his generation is a master while operating at the death. He recently completed 400 Test wickets with a strike rate better than any other bowler in the history of the game. He has occupied the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings from 2008 onward.
Last, but by no means the least, the king of reverse swing, Waqar Younis. When Wasim Akram is on the list, how can Waqar be far behind? He is the one famous for his ‘toe-crushers’ and during his career had destroyed many a batsman’s toe with his deadly Yorkers.
He did not just bowl Yorkers but delivered them with immaculate precision and accuracy. His 416 ODI wickets are testimony to his talent. Waqar was a trendsetter. He brought about a big paradigm shift in the art of fast bowling.