Swing Bowling Basics
Cricket is one complex but an enjoyable game once you get the hang of it. First-timers will have a varying opinion, which is totally understandable. You have to train yourself to look into all aspects that touch on cricket.
Accuracy and speed are vital ingredients that make up a successful match. Perfecting your skills in the game of cricket requires intense practice. Focus more on your bowling skills and how to make progressive improvements on the same.
Thanks to the ongoing worldwide lockdown, time won’t be much of an issue. Having an organized schedule will see you through the difficulties of deciding where to start. Here are some of the sensitive areas to look into;
Inswing and Outswing
The critical part is to learn how to swing the ball first. You are on the safe side when you learn to perfect this art. It all boils down to practice and how seriously you take your sessions.
A cricket ball is not just your regular kind of ball. It’s unique in many different ways. One of them is that it’s made of leather with a threaded seam that shapes the bowling techniques of a cricketer.
Inswing is a technical hit applied by experienced cricketers for various reasons. The rough side of the ball comes in contact with the side of the leg. One reason is in defense of a hawk-eyed batsman, and another reason is to make an effective bowling delivery.
On the other hand, outswing is visible when the softer, polished side faces the side of the leg. It becomes useful to a right-handed batsman that genuinely wants to up his game in a unique way.
A cricket ball is a dark version of the tennis ball but is equipped with seams. The reason for this is to look into the rotational ability of the ball, among other factors. Learning to swing a tennis ball solves the problems that may arise when it comes to cricket.
An experienced cricketer understands the complexities involved in learning to swing a ball for the first time, which is why there are certain factors that contribute to making this attempt a success.
For instance, it might be close to impossible to learn to swing a tennis ball, especially when it has no seams. Your bowling skills will come in handy, especially because you have to bowl as fast as you can. Ensure that you have sufficient backspin to enable you to achieve the swing that you seek.
Reverse swing is a technique that’s used the world over by experienced cricket experts. It’s revered as a defense mechanism to which batsmen run to when they feel cornered by the bowlers.
Learning it is as crucial and must be taken very seriously. It involves swinging the ball in such a way that it has to turn toward the batsman. It may sound too easy, but the accuracy must be applied to make the reverse swing effective.
A cricket ball has two sides (rough and smooth) for this same purpose. It helps you monitor your moves during the swing. You’ll have to practice more often for it to be an effortless move.
A tip to always bear in mind is that your cricket ball must be brand new. Any signs of wear and tear will only sabotage your plans to polish your cricket moves.
Dispose of the ball at the sight of wearing out.
As you bowl, ensure that the seam remains vertical while it runs in the air. It seems impossible for the beginners, especially when you haven’t really polished your bowling skills.
You’ll know you’re making progress when your ball moves more on the softer side than the rough, worn out side. An effective coach is necessary to get you sailing through adverse challenges that may come up.
Late Swing In Cricket
Once again, the late swing is also dependent on the seam on your cricket ball. The position of your wrist also plays a vital role as it determines how fast or late your swing is going to be.
Hold the cricket ball in a position that makes the seam visible. Angle your wrist inward while still maintaining a firm, strategic grip on the ball. All this while, keep your eyes on the bowler.
After cricketing for years on end, your wrist is set to automatically figure out the next move. As a beginner, focus on the angles of your hand and seam during practice.
Your hands and wrist become flexible and move in your favor with time.
Mentored By the Greatest
All the techniques mentioned above did not just spring into existence. The most passionate cricketers who ever lived invented them. To date, upcoming cricketers are striving to fill their shoes by perfecting each one of them.
However, this can be tough when there are no notable mentors in sight. You don’t have to book an appointment or have lunch with them to drink from their vast knowledge of cricket.
Most mentors have written books that you can read to help you get better. What’s more, they’ve uploaded videos online to help and mentor budding cricketers. This gets easier and more fun for those with an undying love for cricket.
Angle of Weakness
As you practice, you’ll come across challenging areas that will take up more time to perfect. For instance, even the legends still have an angle of weakness that still gets to them.
A reverse swing is meant to be a defense mechanism of sorts for batsmen. Remember the accuracy and speed factors we mentioned earlier? This is where they mostly come to play.
Polish up on the basics first, then move to the ones that seem complex to you. It’s important to position your body the right way because the outcome depends on this.
There are positions that will favor you as a left-handed or right-handed batsman. Putting your best foot forward is all there is to it—not forgetting the art of focusing on the ball as well as the bat.