5 Cricket Bowlers Who Could Have Been a ‘Million Dollar Arm’

Million Dollar Arm

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Disney’s "Million Dollar Arm" tells a story about sports agent JB Bernstein who goes to India to find the next big arm for Major League Baseball. With the cricket inspiration in mind, here are five South Asian bowlers who -- in their prime -- could have been a candidate to become the million dollar arm.

5. Zaheer Khan

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5. Zaheer Khan

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Zaheer Khan, despite dealing with some injuries currently, may be the best option for the next million dollar arm as his speed and understanding of the game has made him one of the most feared bowlers in the sport of cricket. He knows when to try and bait a batsman, when to go straight for the wicket and when to slow the pace down against more aggressive batting duos.

4. Abdur Rehman

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4. Abdur Rehman

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While Pakistan’s Abdur Rehman may not be the right age now to transition into baseball, his accuracy and consistency with the slow left-arm orthodox bowl is a strong foundation to be the next million dollar arm. Rehman made his Test debut in 2007 against South Africa when he took eight wickets. In 2012 he helped defeat England, the No. 1 Test team at the time, with 19 wickets at 16.73.

3. Pragyan Ojha

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3. Pragyan Ojha

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Pragyan Ojha is not only one of the best up-and-coming spinners in the game of cricket, but more uniquely, he is a strong candidate to transition into baseball due to him being left-handed. Just as left-armed spinners are sought after in cricket, so would a left-handed curveball pitcher. By the end of his second season in 2007, Ojha was already one of the top bowlers in India, with 29 wickets at 19.89 in six games for Hyderabad.

2. Ravichandran Ashwin

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2. Ravichandran Ashwin

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At 6-foot-2, Ravichandran Ashwin brings some height to the game that would be a huge plus when translated into baseball. Ashwin is known for popularizing the sudoku ball that he learned originally on the streets of Chennai. Ashwin’s off-spin success was most notable from 2012-2013 when India was in need of some help as Anil Kumble had retired and Harbhajan Singh was trending downwards.

1. Saeed Ajmal

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1. Saeed Ajmal

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Despite making a fairly late entry into the world of international cricket, Saeed Ajmal is still regarded as one of the best spin bowlers in the game. In his debut test against Sri Lanka in 2009, Ajmal took five wickets. In 2011, he was the leading wicket-taker in Tests with 50 in eight matches. The highlight of his career came in 2012 when he dominated the best team in the world, England. He took 24 wickets in just three games.


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