From the beginnig
of cricket, bowling has since being the most skillful
of cricket skills to acquire. It is a technique by which a person
up to the wickets and throws the ball to the batsman,
with a full arm,
trying to hit the wicket to get the batsman out.
There are many
types of bowlers, from fast to slow, spin to swing.
slow bowlers who manage to get the ball to change
hitting the ground. Swingers are those bowlers
who manage to
get the ball to move away or towards a batsman.
can be terribly confusing because of the
way they have
perfected their bowling.
grip is two fingers up and two down, with the split
the second and third fingers,
are spread across the seam.
thumb rests on the ball and does not do anything.
says his grip is a little unusual because his first
fingers are closer than most leg-spinners.
delivery - The spin on the ball is roughly 30 degrees
that the ball both spins sideways and dips with the overspin.
variation is the top-spinner, where the seam points to the
and the ball over-spins straight down the pitch.
grip - The fingers are brought further forward on the ball
the thumb plays a part. Shane says his grip is not too
as this can stop the ball fizzing out of his hand.
delivery - The trick is to not bowl it too fast.
he stays relaxed and squeezes the ball out through
and thumb (an instant after the centre picture),
underspin makes the ball slice through the air more quickly.
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grip - Same as the leg-spinner.
delivery - The front shoulder has to drop a little to
the wrist to come right over the top and the ball to come
with the opposite spin on it - off-spin rather than leg-spin.
the last moment you have to flick the ball out of
off-spin way with your fingers.
grip - The ball is held much further back in the
of the hand, which holds the ball back as you let it go.
delivery - The ball is pushed out the front of the
from the palm, and either floats or skids through the air,
swinging in a little.
seam is straight up and down and the zooter does not spin.
a couple of illustrations of:
Bowling - The Outswinger with Dennis Lillee
for pace and rhythm
you are struggling to find a regular rhythm, try this exercise:
into an empty field with no obstacles nearby and from a marked point,
a full run-up with your eyes closed. Imagine you are an old steam
looking to build momentum. Walk two or thre paces,
to jog and gradually build up to about three quarter speed,
of the sound and action of a steam train as you are running.
have used this method many many times,
it still works wonders in bringing out smoothness.' (1955)
you bowl your first ball, you must be mentally as well as physically set
batsmen play is all important.
you bowl it at or just o
off stump, there is a genuine chance that he'll nick it,
that he's so keen to feel bat on ball.'
outswinger delivered at pace is one of the most powerful deliveries.
swerves in the air from middle to off, begging for catches for the wicketkeeper
or the slips.
the ball well out of the palmwith the seam running vertically.
the point of delivery, the seam points towards first slip.
wrist is cocked and whipped through, with a powerful follow-up.
arm finishes well outside the body in the direction of mid-off.
The grip will vary
according to the type of bowler,
but the broad principle
is that the ball should be held
in the fingers and
not in the hand.
There is no hard
and fast rule about bowling frips and it is up
to the bowler to
find out what suits him best,
but most swing bowlers
will point the seam of the
ball in the direction
that they want it to swing to.
LEG - BREAK
Efficiency. Your body is as efficient as you make it. If you are stressed
out by work/school and sit on the sofa in the evenings eating crisps you
end up tired, overweight and hunched over. If you train regularly, activate
your cricket playing muscles and feel relaxed about things you become an
There is never enough time unless we make some. Practice and train more
than you play because it has a direct pay off on the pitch. Even hopelessly
busy lives can find time for a couple of bodyweight training sessions a
week or turning up an hour earlier on match day to get warmed up.
Everyone agrees that training for cricket means playing cricket. Where
there is controversy is how specific the rest of your training should be.
Running, for example, has more crossover to cricket than swimming. The
rule of thumb is this: you are specific enough if your training is in 3D,
standing up and based on speed, power and strength.
|3. Capacity. Cricket
is not an endurance sport. It's a power based game that lasts a long time.
The difference is between endurance and work capacity. With the latter
you are able to recover between spells and overs more quickly rather than
just being able to jog miles. You train cricket specific work capacity
with interval running.
Commentators often talk about bowlers having a balanced approach and action.
Being able to balance in a dynamic situation (running, throwing, catching,
batting) transfers directly to bowling performance. The better your dynamic
balance the better your technique and that means faster and more accurate
bowling. Bowling is the best way to gain balance, but you should also include
plenty of single leg training, bodyweight training and balance drills in
your workouts and training sessions.
There are a lot of factors that go into improving your bowling: speed,
strength, power, technique, experience and the rest. That's why it's important
to have a plan that you stick to throughout the year so you are doing the
right training at the right time. Know your season, know your own strengths
and plan around them. You also need to have regular checks to ensure your
plan is moving you towards your aims.
Whatever you are working on you need to progress. That may mean more weight,
faster sprint times or longer interval workout but you should always look
to improve your fitness until you are the best you can be. The result of
your work will be less injuries and a better performance.
The ffg. are ball
lengths which bowlers bowl at:
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The term applied
to a ball which pitches on the ground exactly at the bottom of the bat.
Gives the batsman
ample time to see any break which spin may impart to the ball and control
The ball lands on
the bat without first touching the ground.
Is pitched in such
a position that it will strike the bat immediately after it begins to bounce.
5. GOOD LENGTH:
This ball doesn't
allow the batsman to play either forward or back with any certainty