Currently India are 111-5 against Zimbabwe, and two of the wickets have fallen to Greg Lamb, who has figures of 7-0-28-2. It wasn't so long ago that Lamby was struggling to get into Hampshire's team at all, as he was that bad. We tried hiding him at 7 in the one day team and I alone saw three first ball ducks in one season from him (bowled against Kent, lbw against Worcs, lbw against Sussex) yet here he is scheduled to come in at number 4 for Zim against India (!!). Further to that he captains his home domestic team in Zimbabwe, batting in the middle order and scoring runs for fun. He was impressive in the Champions League and again at the World 20/20. So where has this improvement come from?
When Hampshire told him he no longer had a contract with them, he was the definition of my sort of allrounder - couldn't bat, couldn't bowl. Trusted with the main spin duties for Hampshire he was terrible. To bring on Lamb was seen as an effort to relieve all pressure on the batsmen, whilst his batting, mentioned above, was embarrassing. He was nice as pie, but you just knew what was going to happen when he either came in to bat/waft bat in general direction of ball, or came on to bowl/send down juicy long hops. Perhaps it says something about the level of International cricket at the moment, but I like to think that maybe, just maybe this fairly decent player who became absolutely woeful, has somehow found a bit of umph again. Good on you, Greg, maybe you could come back one day?
It will be okay
3 months ago