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Yorker, Bouncer, Short-Pitch, Swing

by on February 14, 2010
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Yorker, Bouncer, Short-Pitch

Cricket is a team sport of bat-and-ball. There are three important aspects of cricket batting, bowling and fielding. A player either can master himself in batting or bowling, and fielding is a default aspect of it. There are masters of batting who have scored lot many runs and there are bowlers who have taken tons of wickets. The reason they are master is because they have understood the techniques of batting as well as bowling. Today, let us look at the interesting techniques of fast bowling that can help a bowler to bowl effective deliveries to the batsman and can earn wickets.

One of such techniques is bowling Yorker. Yorker bowling is to deliver a bowl exactly into the legs of batsman at middle stump which is the most difficult delivery for a player to play at. There are 90% Yorker deliveries that break the stumps which mean the batsman is bowled.

What is a Yorker and how to bowl it?

Bowling a perfect Yorker can be a joy to watch, as the batsman is left with no attacking shot to hit, and more often than not gets clean bowled, with his stumps flying out of the ground. But to perform such a feat requires deadly accuracy, hours of practice, and nerves of steel. There is no room for error, and even missing the mark slightly will be presenting a bat pitched ball or a full toss to the batsman, who will smash it for a six willingly.
Cricket is essentially a game where the batsman holds all the cards; so the bowlers must try making use of all bowling tricks they can to try unsettling the batsmen. Becoming a successful bowler requires a certain measure of natural talent.
Most of the accomplished Yorker bowlers in the world like Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram, Glen McGrath etc. all have an athletic build, and this has helped them to be immensely successful in this trade. While learning how to bowl a Yorker, it is not just about where you pitch the ball. That is probably the most predictable part of the entire process. You must first learn to have an optimum grip on the ball so that it can leave your palm in the proper orientation and find its mark accurately. A good Yorker bowler always tries keeping the seam as vertical as possible, to minimize swing and ensure that the ball goes straight on its path towards the stumps. The trick here is to hold the ball firmly fixed between your middle and index fingers, and having the seam right in between them.
Another important factor while learning how to bowl a Yorker is the delivery stride and the pace of the ball. Trying to be too fast will only be compromising on accuracy. So first try to aim directly for the stumps and then slowly build on your pace.

Another technique of fast bowling is bowling bouncers. Bouncer is kind of delivery that goes just around the head of a batsman. With this kind of delivery, batsman might get upset and sometimes play foolish shot that can be fatal for a batsman.

Short-pitch delivery is also a kind of bouncer delivery that shifts up to the batsman who is lured into taking a shot, but if the ball is bowled with considerable pace, there are chances that batsman might miss-hit it and offer a catch.

Ways of playing a short pitched ball

There are two types of short pitched ball: slow and fast. For a slow short pitcher, if the ball comes about knee height, the batsman must go to front foot and play according to the line of the ball. If the line is straight to the stamp, it can be played straight over the bowler and if the line is out of the off stamp, the batsman can play the ball to his off side over the mid on or square. For a ball of about shoulder height straight to the stamp, both slow and fast ball, the batsman must go to back foot and hook the ball over the mid on or square leg. But understanding the pace of the ball is very important, because without good timing it can be turned into an easy catch at deep square leg. To play a straight fast or slow ball of waist height, the batsman should go to back foot and pool it over the leg side. A short pitch ball that comes out of the off side stamp and at shoulder height also needs to be treated in back foot and play it over the off side. A short pitch ball at the leg side should always be ignored.

Art of swinging a cricket ball

You must have heard of a word called swing. Meaning of this word is to move something in the air without support of anything. This particular word is also important in cricket as swinging the cricket ball is an art, once mastered can make a lots of difference in the bowling fast bowler. Today, let us learn this art of swing bowling. The swing bowling is nothing but to swing the bowl in the air even before bouncing it on the cricket pitch. The advantage of swing bowling is that it can create the trouble to the batsman as ball changes its line with the pace and it becomes very hard for the batsman to predict the line of the ball.

Basically, there are two types of swing bowling- In-winging bowling and Out-Swinging bowling. During the in-swinging bowling, ball actually delivered wide of the batsman and comes into the batsman. During the out-swinging bowling, ball actually starts towards the batsman and goes away from the batsman. There are good chances of batsman edging the ball through to keeper in the out-swing bowling and there are good chances of batsman getting bowled (stumps are broken from bowling) or getting LBW (Leg Before Wicket) in the in-swinging bowling. There is a new swing called Reverse swing is introduced in modern day cricket in which ball swings to the smooth side of the ball from rough side of the ball.

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