West Indies pacer Obed McCoy does have decent pace but it is his variations which separate him from the rest.
Rising through the ranks
His left arm variety stands out as he can create different angles which prove to be quite tough to tackle even for the best of batsmen.
In his first Caribbean Premier league season, he ended up as the joint highest wicket taker in 9 wickets at an economy of 7.80.
Obed McCoy had also earlier taken part in the Global T20 Canada competition where he featured for West Indies A and took 11 wickets in 7 matches.
Obed McCoy has put in a couple of memorable performances against India as well. The most notable was how he castled former Indian captain MS Dhoni, no less, off a back of the hand variation.
Focus on bowling dry
“I think my performances were good in terms of keeping the run rate down, good economy throughout the tournament, also getting wickets at crucial times. You know as a bowler in that tournament it is very difficult keeping down your run rate, knowing that batsmen would be going at every ball you bowl,” said McCoy.
“I did a lot of work on my bowling action, and my biomechanics… a lot of strength work, fitness, including running which was able to help me physically and mentally. And the hard work has paid off somewhat with some decent contributions for the West Indies Senior Team, St Lucia Stars, St Lucia Zouks, West Indies B, West Indies Under-19s and Windward Islands Under-19s. I Just have to work hard and perform to the best of my ability.”
With the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Fidel Edwards past their sell-by date, West Indies are looking for more pacers to complement the likes of Jason Holder and Sheldon Cottrell. The team now has some good options in Khary Pierre and Obed McCoy.
Among his many variations, the best one that McCoy has is his back of the hand slower delivery which is very difficult to pick up.
Even in the T20I series against Australia which West Indies won by 4-1 at home, Obed McCoy was the best pace bowler for West Indies and made crucial breakthroughs.
He bowls in the middle overs as well but his real expertise is at the death when the batsmen are looking to go after him. This is when he is at his most threatening and picks up a lot of wickets.