4 Simple ways to be a better fast bowler

Fast bowling is an obsession.

Good fast bowlers say that, when they were young, bowling with pace was their passion. If you want to be really fast as a bowler look to build speed first and last.

Just try to bowl quick.

After building genuine pace, it is important for you to perfect your bowling action. Anything lacking in bowling actions would not only make you lose control of your deliveries, it leads to injuries by putting extra stress on a player’s body. Anyone who has played cricket will tell you that changing your bowling action is hard. So it’s important that you stay on the right track from the beginning and develop a decent action which would allow you to bowl fast and achieve greatness.

Here are a few thinks you should look to do when you run in to bowl:

1. Measure Your Run-up

Carefully measure your run-up, no one but you can judge what length would be suitable for you. If you can bowl quick with a short run-up like Wasim Akram then run in from a short run-up. However if you feel that your action requires a run-up like Bret Lee, so be it. What is not acceptable is that you running in to bowl every ball with a different length of run-up, if you do that you won’t be able to control your bowling

2. Tilt Back and Lean Forward while Delivering a Ball

If you want to bowl with pace, it is important that you have the right momentum. The impetus your action will be the extra pace you will be able to generate. Take a swift run in, and just when you are about to deliver, tilt back. Then immediately drive forward when you deliver the ball. By doing this, you should be using your chest muscle and upper body strength. This would generate a lot of pace and a swift follow through. 

3. Bring Down the Front Arm Straight Across

This reduces stress from your back. If you bring down your non bowling arm straight across, it allows you to deliver the full thrust your body without putting extra pressure on any other body part. Bowlers who are late in bringing down their front arm exert pressure on their shoulder blades, and those who bring it down away from the body put killing stress on their back. This again, is not an effective technique of bowling quick but also for a smooth action. Little things like this prolong a bowler’s life.

4. Jerk the Wrist Forward at Point of Delivery

Give your wrist a jerk at the last moment of releasing the ball. This will give you extra pace, and depending upon your grip also some movement off the seam. If you are tall quick, jerking the wrist will also give you some extra bounce.

For more tips of bowling fast get the online coaching course "How to Bowl Faster" by Ian Pont, author of the Fast Bowler's Bible and fast bowling coach to Bangladesh.

image credit: Sarah Canterbury

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Comments

hey this is achal shah from india.im a pace bowler but my swing nd length is my weakness.i am a 15yr old boy but i can bowl very fast{according to my age}.i bowl at around<115-120kph> but batsmen easily stoke it away. i have tried to swing the bowl but it never happens but occationally it happens .i have tried to make my seam position straight but still the seam doesnt come in a straight line.so wat should i do to swing a ball?my coaches nd my friends say that i need to decrease my bowling speed nd runup.i usually take 25steps. so wat should i do??

i usually do 30situps,50dips daily...is it alright or should i do more fitness activities???

i wanna want to be a bowling allrounder but my batting always disappoins mme...i wat to become a defencive batsman but i am not able to do so...at the nets im mostly perfect but it isnt yhe case during matches...

salam,my name is m.umer 14 yrs oldfrom Pakistan i m a fast medium bowler but my bowl goes very slow and when i deliver the ball it reaches to the batsman after 2.00 secs
but my cousine he is also 14yrs old he deliver the ball very fastly his ball reaches to the batsman after 0.44 secs i want to deliver the ball fast what should i do?(i was a very fast bowler but on july 2010 a car hits me and i lost my all pace)

That is a sad story Umer. I hope you recover from your bad luck. Look here for tips on bowling faster.

my name is Rameez and iam 15 years old. iam trying my level best to increase the pace of the ball but i cant. iam not getting correct bowling action and correct run up. some time ball is gowing out of my control and goes wideor no ball .

my names jordan im 16 years old and am a seam bowler, i naturally swing the ball into the batsman, at 15 years of age in june 2009 i was recorded at 121kph, i want to develop my pace and also learn how to swing the ball both ways with control, how am i able to increase my pace first of all and develop an outswinger?

My name is madhu from kerala .I am 6feet tall but i cant bowl fast .Now i am a Right arm medium pacer. i want to increase my speed what to do ??????plz u have to help me!!!!!!!!!

David,
the 2nd tip - tilt back? doesn't Ian Pont say you should NEVER be doing that, coz the momentum is backwards then? It's more like a braking action when you land after the jump right?

But i've felt that some quick bowlers like lee, and tait, (and from the above pic steyn) tilt back a little... but donald, ambrose etc spent so little time with their right leg planted, coz the weight was forwards... What's your take on this?

I read a javelin tips page which says when throwers thrust their legs forward it might look like the body is tilting back, while the weight is still forwards

dear david.
my name is faran and im 23 yrs old. my bowling is quite fast, the only problem i have with my bowling is that i cant bowl on line and length.i tried so much, but i still end up throwing 3 to 4 wides in an over..and i end up with alot of pain in my back after 4 to 5 overs...
is theere any tips you can give me which will help me in future? thanks

nothing comes easy
so practice harder on keeping your wrist behind the ball
and remember that not even pros swing every ball
so keep tryin cuz u have your age to your advantage
n my personal advice is to go for a run up that's 18-20 paces
and try using shoulder-hips alignment
also use your wrist to get better swing

Hey Umer, your cousin bowls at around 160-165km/hr based on 0.44sec....I think NOT!

YEAH u got wok hard and be positive . I have a problem i swing the bowl when i bowl slow bt i get wild when trying to bowl fast . So what i am going to do pls help..

Practice more is all I can say. Don't expect to the baal to move a lot initially. Keep practicing and you will get it one day and keep thinking when you are bowling. Judge the batsmen's comfort level and make variations to your bowling

my name is arhum, im 11 and i bowl at 115 and above 90 km ,i swing the tape ball both ways and i need to maintain my length and line and a little bit of pace ,plz help bro,thnx

I am a 14 year old bowler.I am around 55 kg and around 5ft 6in.I bowl left arm medium pace.Can you give me tips to increase my pace?I am from India.

i am 16 year old and 6ft tall i have problem in my run up dats why i am not able to bowl fast pls help me to bowl fast an also tell me how to measure my speed

Have you tried the tips in the article? Also take a look in the Fast Bowling section of the site. Finally, fo speed tracking - use PitchVision!

Sir i m lucifer from india from a smal town i like cricket and want to became a cricket but due to small town in which i live i cant go to play due to absence of stadium and of a academy i can bowl and bat also pls help me sir how can i made my career

Sir I am Usama From Pakistan.I am 17 years old.I am a left arm fast bowler.My bowling action is like Mohammad Aamir.My bowling speed is 110kph.Sir i am a under 19 player of Multan Region.I am SELECTED in under 19 team.plz tell me how i can increase my pace.plz tell me

Hey, I am 16 years of age, I swing the ball in and out by batsman seem to pick it up easily because of my ridicolously slow pace, I struggle to bowl over 100km/ph I desperately need to bowl another 10-20 kmph quicker, otherwise I wont trouble senior batsman. I desperately need someone's help.

Hi,
I am 18, 6'1" and 60 kg.I can bowl at high pace and can swing taped tennis ball in air easily. (actually I managed to bowl outswing in air in 7 shape.

But I HAVE THESE Problems:

* I having around 5 bowling actions and I can never had constant bowling action.

* I cannot control ball and have no idea how to aim target very accurately.

* If I bowl 2 overs then in my first over I generally bowl 3 wides but in 2nd over line is very well.

any Tips?

bro juist work on your seam position and swing, make sure you use your wrist when swinging the ball, have a smooth run up and action which makes it easier to land it on the seam, make sure youre comfortable with your run up you should be running at about 3/4 speed at delivery pouint, dont worry too much about speed like you said batsman can stroke it away you cant bowl fast enough that its unplayable. fitness activites are good!

I Used To Be A Notable Fast Bowler During mY sixteens
and in the tournament hich was hed on city basis i was renowned as the fastest of them all..
later we lost the match andd i was upset enough at the defeat that i quit cricket for next years...
then after a span of 4 years i tried to bowl again and my bowl is of a medium pacer now...
it hurts me alot... i lost my most unique skill... i lost my main quality...is there any way to regain that speed????

suck on cocks and minges

Hi david,i am Aravindh from India,I am just 17 and i got real passion for fast bowling even though i am concentrating on my batting.first of all,i was thinking that my bowling speed would be around 100 kph.i have very strong core muscles and strong back as a result of gym workout but the problem is i get injured often.how can i prevent it?my fellow mates tell me that i am the quickest one in my place,is there is any way to measure my pace?i have measured the time between the release of the ball and the moment it passes the batsman or reaches him.the maximum with full strength i can bowl is 0.52 secs but i am consistent around 0.55 secs.please suggest me to get rid of injuries and how much pace i would be bowling with the about readings.

Hi, i am really impress that you swing the tape ball both ways i really wanted to learn i am a pace bowler similar to akram style i got decent pace but i cant swing in air can you help me please or give me some tips or pic how can i swing in air

What is the average speed for a 13 year old???

Thanks for the good which, I am same umer who coudnt bowl fastly but now I can bowl like ShoAib akhtar and I play club cricket.now I can also swing the bowl in both ways with extreme pace. Its all about practise

sir I m shoaib war from kashmir india where we dont have much cricket acadmies.unfortunately I am from same place,i play for my local club and today was our match and on very first ball of my over I bowled that no ball which ended up in a huge six on next ball which was free hit,sir please help me and it also my first match in any match,sir I do practice a lot but my run up is not getting right and sir please can u tell me which length should I bowl to a hard hitting batsman particularly in the bigning of the game

sir I m shoaib war from kashmir india where we dont have much cricket acadmies.unfortunately I am from same place,i play for my local club and today was our match and on very first ball of my over I bowled that no ball which ended up in a huge six on next ball which was free hit,sir please help me and it also was my first match with that club,
sir I do practice a lot but my run up is not getting right and sir please can u tell me which length should I bowl to a hard hitting batsman particularly in the bigning of the game

Hello David, I am a right arm fast-medium bowler. The problem with me is my wrist doesn't jerk or move from it's locked position. Can you give me some advices/ drills to improve my wrist movement? I will be very thankful.

i m mani from burhan, i m a fast bowler and i m 17 years old, i have good pace in bowling but now a days i have loss all of my pace what should i have to do to regain my bowling pace, plzzz help me

Achal, i read ur post, i think when u start run up then just focus to deliver ball just lit outside of off stump n pitch on good length. N most important, holding ball nt much tight n keep ur face straight while delivering ball. For speed i think ur jump is most important. Then shoulder power n last moment ur wrist jerk. It may help u.

Hi, my name is Omar, 15 years of age, from Australia. I am a left arm pace bowler, usually open the bowling, I have developed a natural inswinger and the occasional outswinger to the right handed batsman, my main concern is my run up and follow through. I extract decent speed yet I think that if I could work on my run up, definitely my pace would increase even more. I keep a 15 step run up, adding another 3 walking steps to it and then run in, my follow through has benefited from these 3 additional steps. I have this tendency to be wary of the bowling crease and am overly concious of crossing the line, which kind of leads me to take smaller, halting steps towards the end of my run up, which decreases speed. How can I overcome this problem? Analysing Wasim Akram's tapes, I noticed the fact that he did not have a large jump in his run up compared to bowlers like Imran Khan so also would like to know the advantages and the need to have a jump in my run up.

hi, my name is kartikeya. i'm about to 16 from india.i'm a wicketkeeper and an opening batsman as well as the captain of my team. my problem is that i dont know how to handle all these things in one way.please give me some fitness tips and strategies as it takes a lot of stamina to do all these things.

sir . I am noorullah from pakistan . I am 15 year old .my height is 5.8 . I have good pace in bowling . My bowling speed is 139kph.sir how can i increase the speed to 145 to 150kph

my name is owais i am a fast bowler i have 138 kps speed in tpeball but i cannot swing or cut the ball tell me how i cut and swing the
ball

hi i am from Mumbai,india i am 18 years old my height is 6.3 and action is mixed of mitchell johnson and brett lee i can ball consistently at 140+ with accuracy but can bowl 145+ with little effort my problem is that when batsmen hit me for four or six i get angry and increase my pace but end up giving more extras and wides how can i get accuracy bowling fast without decreasing pace many say to decrease pace but i want to increase it also can joining gym increase my pace

You should take your run-up according to the rhythm. So that ur body comes in the good position while bowling.
Don't hold the seam tightly. Make it loose. And put ur thumb tip underneath the ball.

hi my name is usama im 12 yrs old im a very fast bowler the problem with my length and line.

Hi, I have followed young fast bowlers' progress with interest over a few years and have reached a few conclusions:
- fast bowlers are full of hype and exaggeration
- a fast action aged 10yrs will probably end up fast at 18yrs
- youngsters grow at different rates, which determines the rate of increase in their speed
- genuine target speeds for a hand held speed gun (remarkably consistent) based on kids I have coached are in mph (sorry): 10yrs = 58mph; 11yrs = 61mph; 12yrs = 64mph; 13yrs = 67mph; 14yrs = 70mph
- there are few good fast bowling coaches around, but the ones there are can add up to 10mph, but there are more important interventions
- kids are obsessed with pace, but unless it is searing, it's unlikely to blow batsmen away without a bit of accompanying sophistication.
- stress fractures are scarily common, not helped by the fact that a mixed action does seem to often be associated with some rapid deliveries.
- fast bowling is really a mug's game. But can be terribly exciting.....

Call me on this no +919797166285

Bro i think u get ur wrist postion right i mean for outswing put u r middle finger on seam where as for inswing put first finger or you can also swing ball like styen by jerking at the release of delivery.....

Hello sir
I m 16 yrs old nd m right arm fast medium bowler i bowls nearly 130 km\h but i wan to be more fast.. And also wan to increase my stamina plz help me sir

i am fast medium bowler from kashmir ..my bowling axtion is like dale styne i am 16 years old.wanna bowl quicker

You are going to ground for fitness
cricket is speed game you are try to speed work in ground
every day 50 push ups and core exercises for aibs
and you are playing match your mintlity is every bowl faster than my last bowl

Hi,kartikeya.i am 14 year,i have a tricks for stamina and fitness that is eat egg or drink milk after that relax for 30min and run how much you can after that exercise then you can bowl well practise this step daily and you absorb yourself the difference of stamina and tiredness

hey im from pakistan and im a right hand fast bowler i can swing the bowl can pace the bowl and i have alot of speed also im 16 years old but when i play the game after my 5 to 6 overs i fell some pain in my back What is the demonstration

me ap ko ak easy tip dn ga ap ki bowling arm jitne teez ghome gi itne he speed ho gi or dosra bazo ki help lene se pace barhte ha agar ap apna nonbowling hand ko jhatke se neche karo ge ap ka bowling hand teze se ghome ga agar ap is ko sahe tareeqe se karte ho to ap 100 ki speed le sakte to . or speed ke liye muscles bhe zarori han suba suba dent vgera or lambi door lgaya karen i will help!

hi guys its herschelle soni from nagpur,i am just 14 years old,but i have an extreme pace in my delievery,my fastest bowl was record 127.09kph,i consistent bowl between 105 to 125kph,i am capable to swing bowl both ways,so plz suggest me,no +918551984867

Hey my name is hamza 18 years old . I am a fast bowler . My pace ia quite good . When i bowl . My back leg thigh hurts everytime after 2 overs . What to do ?

My name is OM . I AM A FAST BOWLER .

just keep calm do 30 to 40 pushups and situps twice a day and get your good runup good equipments and keep your head still

Sir,
i wanna play for india... My age is 22. Am a right arm fast bowler.... I can bowl in 3diffrent action, a Round arm action, round arm with elbow jerk nd sling arm action..,and all perfectly with speed of 145km/hr to 150km/hr or above. And i also bat. So can u pls suggest me something..pls

If u hav talent than no one stops u but for the selection u need a strong background or high source. Keep tryin to play in clubs.

myslf vpul i am13 years of age. by practising hard i hav attained the speed of 125-135kmph. but i want bring more pace in my bowling and bounce so that i can scare the batsmen by delivering to his throat. HOWcan i do this. what is the ideal length and line i should delivet a batsmen.

sir my name is Jahanzaib,am from Islamabad,Pakistan.
sir am a fast bowler with the good pace but i cant control on my line and length.Whenever i faces a good batsman i tried my best to bowl at good line n length but i cant control and most of deliveries oes wide and goes for hufmge six and i also feel lower back pain and cant bowl more.My height is 6.1 and 20 yers old plz sir tell me my problem's solution.

sir,I am from kashmir India.I have lot of pace ,but problem is that when I am playing cricket match with other team
I fell stress in my mind also my heart beating gets high.
Age 21 .please help me

I'm 18 years old and I'm 6 feet 3 but I can't bowl fast, well I couldn't, just follow these tips and you'll do great, one by one , take your time. And if you kinda of heavy, loose weight, trust me it helps a lot,
1.Fitness
2.follow these instructions one by one

I play in Canada provincial domestic teams, I improved with leaps and bound. Only in one season .

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