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by on December 18, 2010
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How to bowl reverse swing?

The red cherry in the palms of double W’s (Waseem Akram and Waqar Younis) has created miraculous results for Pakistan due to their famous reverse swings. Although the legendary Sarfaraz Nawaz was the pioneer of the reverse swing, the subsequent bunch of fast bowlers around the globe followed his footsteps. Reverse swing usually generates after 35 overs of the match depending upon the fast bowlers’ skills. In simple words, the older and rougher the ball, the probability of a reverse swing is higher. In order to examine whether the ball is all set for a reverse swing, just pitch the ball with an in-line seam to a fielder. Once the ball swings towards its shiny surface, it’s geared up to boogie the batsman out. It’s noteworthy for a fast bowler to hold the ball with the seam straight and when it is about to be released from the hands just give it a slight flick as fast as possible. This will produce a kind of spin. Keeping in view all the discussed aspects, do practice with an old ball as it is the key to a successful reverse swinger. To date, though many bowlers ball reverse swing, Pakistani pace attack is considered as the best at reverse swing. 

How to bowl a leg break?

how to bowl a leg break

A leg-break is a magical phenomenon of a spin bowler and is considered to be a nightmare for batsmen as it guarantees the fall of wickets. It’s a unique delivery that pitches and spins away from a right handed batsman ensuring the spinner to get a wicket. For a spin bowler to bowl a leg break it’s important to understand how to hold the ball? Grip the ball with seams under all the fingers where the ring finger should be somewhat to the side of the ball. The thumb doesn’t play any part in gripping the ball. Once the ball is about to be released from the hand allow the main hand to lift up, and then drop swiftly pulling the bowling arm with it. As the bowling motion begins, the pose of the wrist should be cocked. Impart a snap of the wrist to the left as the ball is released and let the ball roll off.  This impart will yank the ball to the off-side of the right-handed batsman after it touches the pitch. Fine-tune the deliveries as much as possible. Again this depends upon the conditions and how hard ball is being spun. For further understanding, Shane Warne is a good example to look and follow at.

How to ball a Yorker?

how to bowl a yorker

Balling a Yorker to a batsman is considered to be the most effective tool of a fast bowler in a cricket match. Either the batman becomes a prey of the Yorker and loses his wicket or it becomes really tough for the striker to score on this particular ball in cricket. Yorker has become quite popular amongst the bowlers in cricket world as it is delivered sparingly to generate a surprising element for the batsman. Bowlers use Yorker to save the match for their country by taking crucial wickets of the opponent team batsmen. A Yorker is bowled straight where the aim of the fast bowler is to hit the middle stump. Therefore, he targets the pitch just beneath the batsman’s feet. It is important to understand that if the ball is delivered at a very high pace and with a wrong angle, the outcome can be otherwise and it can go in favor of the striker. Furthermore, a bowler should avoid a wide Yorker as it will not fetch him any wicket. For bowling a Yorker a bowler needs to work really hard on line and length as precision plays an important role in balling a Yorker. Many pace attackers and medium pacers bowl great yorkers, but Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram from Pakistan are still considered as the best at Yorkers.

How to bowl a short pitched delivery?

how to bowl short pitched ball

‘O, he is caught on a short-pitched delivery’, the commentator screams with his heart out. This statement we hear in every other cricket match, whether it’s a test match or ODI. So what is a short pitch delivery and why it’s being bowled?

A short pitched delivery or a long hop delivery is a ball, which pitches mostly half way on the pitch and rises to the abdominal area of the batsman. Such a delivery is considered to be batsmen friendly, however; it is deceptive and can be handful for a medium pacer to a fast bowler. Short pitch deliveries are easier to play as the striker as he has ample time to judge the line and length of the ball and decide how and where to hit the ball. Most of the batsmen are lured to this particular delivery as it sometimes fetches them runs in fours and sixes. However, a batsman should be cautious that such deliveries are mostly intended to dodge him. Short pitched delivery is intentionally bowled when a bowler wants to trick the batman by allowing him to play a miss-hit, which can result in a catch. From a bowling perspective, avoid taking risk on such balls as such balls can incur you runs.

How to bowl an Off break?

off break bowling style

Off break is an offensive delivery of an off-spin bowler in cricket. Off break spins or breaks into the batsman from the off side where the spin of the ball is generated after hitting the pitch. Off break is usually bowled by gripping the ball in the palm with the seams stretching underneath all the fingers of the off spin bowler. In case of a right handed bowler, once the ball is released from the hand, all the fingers are rolled down towards the right side, resulting in a clockwise spin. Once the ball hits the pitch, the spin deviate the ball towards the right. From a right handed batsman’s perspective, the ball spins towards the left or leg side and spins away from off side. Although there is a chance of Leg-Before-Wicket (LBW), off breaks are easier deliveries for a right handed batsman as the ball moved towards the striker’s body giving him an opportunity to judge and hit the ball in right direction. However, off break is effective against the left handed batsman as it moves away from his body towards the off side and any misjudgement by him can turn him into a prey of wicket-keeper or slip fielders. Muttiah Muralidaran and Harbhajan Singh are todays world class off break spin bowlers .

How to bowl an off spin?

off spin bowling action

Off spin bowling is the most bowled spin style technique. It’s not easy to bowl an off-spin as it is quite complex to bowl it when compared to fast bowling.  The essence of spin bowling lies in the skills pertaining to the movements of hands. The spin bowling has a different grip. While holding the ball, the middle finger along with third finger and the mid-joints of the index finger are well stretched athwart the seam. Thumb and the little finger have no part in the spin bowling. Once the grip is in right position, the ball is rotated from the forefinger to the third finger till the time it does not release the hand. The off spinner should aim to pitch the ball outside the off stump as if it pitches near the stumps area; there is a strong possibility that the right handed batsman will play it towards the leg side. Keeping in view these tips an off spinner can get handful wickets.

How to play a hook shot?

playing hook shot

Don’t hook often in cricket otherwise you will get hooked. A hook shot is the most dangerous shot which a batsman plays in cricket. In other words we can say that it’s the riskiest as any wrong judgement of the ball can either hit the batsman or if he plays the shot, he might get caught by any of the fielders of opponent side. A hook shot is played mostly on the bouncers or short deliveries which come on head or chest height. As it is the most difficult shot to control, mostly batsmen avoid taking risks in crucial circumstances. To play a hook shot the batman needs to roll his wrist and then hit the ball hard. Some people confuse the hook shot with pull shot. There is a small difference between the two. A pull shot is played when the delivery comes around the waist area. A pull shot is easier to play when compared to the hook are a few differences between the pull and hook shot.

How to face a bouncer?

playing bouncer

Bouncers are those deliveries if handled tactfully, they can fetch you runs in fours and sixes. On the contrary, if you are not comfortable playing the bouncer its better ducking under the ball and let it go to the wicket keeper as bouncers can hit you hard or even injure you badly. Batsmen who are well versed of the hook shots and pull shots, they can attack a bouncer in an effective manner. Otherwise, the defensive way to tackle a chest height bouncer is to play it on back foot. For that matter, bring the bat in front of chest vertically so that you can block the ball towards the pitch in order to avoid getting caught by a fielder. As the aim of the bowler is to take your wicket so you should know what strategy should be adopted to get through it successfully. Sometimes the batsman has to jump high to block the ball depending upon the height of delivery. This situation usually applies in case of short heighten batsmen. For experienced strikers attacking the bouncer in the form of hook shot or even a pull shot can materialize runs. A batsman has got to be brave to face a bouncer successfully. 

How to play a yorker?

facing a yorker

A yorker is the deadliest delivery in cricket and a handy weapon of bowlers to take a wicket. As a Yorker is intended to be bowled between the base of bat and pad, just on the pitch beneath a batman’s feet (usually this gap is termed as Block-hole). To play such a delivery, batsmen like Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasurya and even Rahul Dravid usually prepare themselves before hand by standing outside the batting crease.  Sometimes they stand on the batting crease with one foot or even with both feet outside the line depending upon the circumstances in order to neutralize the impact and its consequences of a seamless Yorker. As the yorker is also termed as a toe-crusher, one can avoid it by playing a wacky onside flick by using the wrists just like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In case one does not have any other option, just judge the ball and put the bat in line with it and hit it. One can even make it a full toss by moving forward and play it. Yorkers are specialty of many pace attacking bowlers. Good fast bowlers usually wipe out the tail of opponent batting line up by bowling deadly yorkers.

How to play an in-swinger?  

in swinger ball

To play a good swinging ball especially the in-swinger is always tough for even world class batsmen like Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulker. The class of an in swinger has always created problems for a batsman to judge it properly. The most important point to play an in swinger is to timely judge it. Though it seems impossible, but with a little concentration. Here comes the difference between a good player and an average player as a good player has the ability to go after an in swinger in a better way where an average player becomes prey of it and get out. Secondly as an in swinger is targeted to be pitched high, the batsman should play it forward and try to be close to its pitch as much as possible. By this, the deviation of the ball will be reduced after pitching and the batsman can hit the shot comparatively easy. Finally, try to play the delivery with soft hands. In swingers are a deadly weapon for the pace attackers. Usually a batsman  who has good grip on how to play an in-swinger survives pace attack. A lot of key bowlers from Pakistan, West Indies and Australia have mastered the art of bowling an in-swinger.

How to play a reverse sweep?


Although it is rarely uses, a reverse sweep is a shot that can be helpful in ticking the score board by making runs. For that matter the judgement of the batsman should be good and he should be able read the line and length of the ball effectively. Reverse sweep is usually played on slower balls usually on spin bowling and any misjudgement can lead to fall of wicket which can either be Leg Before Wicket (LBW) or bowled out. To play a  sweep shot, the front foot should be moved as far down the wicket as much as possible while bending both the knees in unison. Furthermore, the back knee should touch the ground to provide a strong support to the overall posture of the batsman. Then the bat should be brought down from the offside and hit the ball towards the leg side. The emphasis should be playing the shot in front of the square leg or behind square leg. Playing a reverse sweep is not easy as it requires a lot of experience and practice. Javed Miandad of Pakistan is considered to be the King of Reverse Sweep. Vivian Richards from West Indies is also considered as one of the best in this regard. 

How to play a reverse swing?

playing reverse swing

A reverse swing is a tricky delivery so it’s better to play it tactfully. The batsman should focus on the pitch of the ball and avoid playing it straight. As the reverse swing most probably turns out after bounce so the batsman should be aware of the fact that he might get caught in slip if he does not play it straight. The best possible way to play a reverse swing is to play the delivery diagonally. For that matter, the batsman has to keep his bat at a 45 degree angle before the ball touches it. Avoid raising the bat to much high in the air as there is a chance that you may lose your wicket by offering the fielder to catch it. Another technique which can be applied in this regard is that a batsman should hit the ball quite hard so that it can fetch some runs on the board. Reverse swing bowling makes a fast bowler or a pace attacker complete. If one looks at the Cricket Records, it is clear that Pakistan, West Indies and Australia Cricket teams have produced most successful bowling line ups. Most of these bowlers had good command on reverse swing. However, Pakistani bowlers are considered the masters of this art, as reverse swing was introduced in Cricket by Pakistani pace attackers.

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