If You Keep Sledging, You Probably Aren't Any Good: Curtly Ambrose

Aggression cannot be taught to bowlers as it is a trait they should be born with, says West Indies legend Curtly Ambrose, who tormented batsmen in his superb profession.

Ambrose stated although he was naturally aggressive, it was fellow legendary Antiguan bowler Andy Roberts, who inspired him to embrace it whereas bowling.

“One of many issues he talked about to me was to at all times be aggressive, to at all times get underneath the pores and skin of batsmen. That caught in my thoughts coming from an ideal man like him,” Ambrose stated on a podcast, hosted by Michael Atherton, for Sky Sports activities.

“I do not assume you possibly can train a bowler to be aggressive – it needs to be one thing inside you. You’ll be able to attempt but when a bowler does not have it inside him, it most likely will not work. For me it labored as a result of I’m naturally aggressive whereas I’m competing. It naturally flowed for me.”

Ambrose, who took 405 wickets in 98 Assessments at an excellent common of 20.99, stated if one could make the ball discuss, there’s hardly any have to sledge the batsmen.

“…if you’re ok at what you do, you let the 5 and a half ounces (the cricket ball) do the speaking for you.

“Should you preserve sledging, you most likely are no good. That wasn’t the West Indian method. 5 and half ounces coming at you at 90mph is greater than sufficient!”

Ambrose additionally remembered the times when he joined the West Indies, which was filled with greats within the late 1980s.

Ambrose insisted that although he was new, he by no means appreciated to be known as second greatest and that he at all times wished to be the perfect.

“Once I first made the West Indies staff alongside the late, nice Malcolm Marshall, in addition to Courtney Walsh and Patrick Patterson, I by no means wished to be second. I’m a proud particular person and wished to be the perfect I might be,” stated Ambrose.

“I rapidly realised for many opposition groups they had been most likely pondering ‘Curtly is a rookie, so simply see off Marshall, Walsh and Patterson’.

“I by no means wished that and I used to be compelled to study rapidly so I would not be the weak hyperlink within the chain. Due to my delight, that catapulted me to stardom.”


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