England all-rounder and one of the most recognizable cricketers in the game today, Moeen…
Moeen Ali was reputed as an elegant, class-apart batsman, the one who has those rubbery wrists and excellent hand-eye coordination. But his off-spin placed him in a different league and he became a part of the contingency plan when Graeme Swann called it a day.
Even after succeeding with the ball, many called him a part-timer. For that matter, neither does he have a unique action nor does he turn the ball square. However, Moeen has a knack of taking wickets at crucial junctures.
Playing for Worcestershire, Moeen also learned how to ball doosra from his teammate Saeed Ajmal.
But batting remained his primary skill. In only his second Test at Leeds, Moeen scored an unbeaten century but remained ineffective with the ball. However, Ian Bell advised him to bowl quicker through the air if he is to better his bowling. Moeen quickly learned what it is that he needs to do and claimed 19 wickets in the series — the fourth best performance by a spinner against India outside the subcontinent.