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Toecrushers is an alternative name for yorker deliveries (usually inswinging ones) in cricket. This term was probably first used by TV commentators[ citation needed ] in early 1990s to describe the frequent inswinging yorkers bowled by Pakistani fast bowlers Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Indian bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and T Natarajan also bowl toecrushers. Toe crushers are said to be much more difficult to play as the ball nips in just before it lands giving it a higher chance for the batsman to miss and get bowled while trying to defend or hit it.

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