first_img“I was three times more effective off the shorter run-up “I was three times more effective off the shorter run-up internationally than I was off the longer run-up. So the decision I made was right, and I was pleased about it,” he said. Hadlee, who competed with Imran Khan of Pakistan, Indias Kapil Dev and Englands Ian Botham for the best all-rounders title in world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s, said the quartet closely followed each others progress. “We did that, (but) mind you technology was a bit different in our day. We had to read it in newspapers that Kapil got five wickets or Beefy (Botham) got a hundred. We kept an eye on each other because we were similar sort of players even though we had different skill sets. “We were interested to know what others were doing and clearly when we were playing against each other. I rated Imran as the better of the four because he was more consistent with the bat and ball in my view. Id like to think I was the better bowler than the others, but my batting was a weaklink. And stats would back that,” he added. PTI NRB SSR KRK KHSlast_img read more