5 Simple Steps to Become the Master of the Legside Stumping

The legside stumping is one of cricket's finest sights. I know as a former wicketkeeper I’m biased, but it’s a skill that turns games. It’s achievable by all keepers if these sound rules are followed:

How to Play Fast Bowling as Effectively as Mandeep Singh

Imagine opening the batting for Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. The opposition is Deccan Chargers and standing at the end of his run is no less that Dale Steyn; one of the world’s most destructive pacemen.

It’s fair to say your heart would be racing. That’s a situation experienced by 20 year old Punjab opener Mandeep Singh. Yet despite the pressure, the pace and fear he is flourishing. Many critics have him on the fast-track to becoming India’s next big thing.

Lessons from IPL: Do Bad Boys Prosper?

From Harbhajan Singh to Dale Steyn, IPL 2012 has been littered with examples of cricketers pushing the Spirit of Cricket to its limits. The offenders will say it’s just passion over-spilling, but do you need a bad boy to succeed at your level?

The example of Harbhajan Singh is a good one to examine. The Mumbai Indian’s skipper argued for several minutes with the umpire, eventually forcing him to review his decision.

Cricket Show 161 Competition Winner

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This week’s winner of the Cricket Show podcast question competition is Varun. He wins a free coaching course from PitchVision Academy.

The winning question was:

"I want to improve my fielding standards but problem is that a league has just started in our city and is going to continue for a month. As a result , we are not able to do any fielding drills (the ground remains occupied for the whole day). We have to settle for just the net practice.Any tips and drills which i can do on my own to take my fielding standards to another level?"

Listen to the panel’s answer to his question here.

To enter your own question for the chance to win your choice of online coaching course send your questions in here

The Junior Cricketer’s Guide to PitchVision Academy

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This guide for young cricketers aged 8-18 is of a series of introductory guides to PitchVision Academy, for the full list click here.

Cricket is a game that takes a long time to learn and even longer to master. Coaches, parents and plenty of others are on hand to help with advice for your matches. You wonder if you are the next Tendulkar or just another kid.

Cricket Show 161: Tips on Making the Leap to Professional Cricket from the Experts

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The show picks the brains of Mark Garaway and Phil Oliver about their experience of helping players make the jump into professional cricket. You might be surprised by the answers you hear.

The mailbag is as full as usual as David Hinchliffe, Garas and Burners answer your questions and give away a prize of online coaching. Plus we have the Soapbox, Yes/No and Tailender features that ends with a sledging for David. Download it now!

Wicket Keeping Secret: Posture is Everything!

80% of balls that are missed by a keeper go under the hands!

This is a finding from from the study I did in 2008 monitoring 52 high performance keepers from Under 11 County Age Group keepers to MS Dhoni and Mathew Prior in Test Cricket.

So why does this happen, and how do you stop it?

There is No Such Thing as the X-Factor in Becoming a Cricketer

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A lot of people say that to be a professional cricketer you need that special indefinable “x-factor”. It’s a magical trait that you either have, or not. If you don’t have it you will never get it.

This is lazy thinking.

Yes, of course you need something special. But there is no way this is an indefinable thing. It’s just something that is difficult to measure.

Cricket Show 160 Competition Winner

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This week’s winner of the Cricket Show podcast question competition is Y.Timol. He wins a free coaching course from PitchVision Academy.

The winning question was:

"I recently started coaching a talented 16 year old cricketer. He bowls with excellent consistency regularly hitting his targets (target bowling) and bowls with good pace too. However, in his bound, the student does not use his left leg to propel his body over the bowling crease but instead skips off his right leg - over the bowling crease. Would this be an example of a bowler who bowls of his wrong foot? Would it be advisable to change his action to a more conventional bowling style? Would bowling in this manner cause stress to his body resulting in injury? Please not that apart from this issue, the other basic components of his bowling process is sound."

Listen to the panel’s answer to his question here.

To enter your own question for the chance to win your choice of online coaching course send your questions in here

The Newcomer’s Guide to PitchVision Academy

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It doesn’t matter what level you play, if you are new to PitchVision Academy it’s an intimidating place. There are over 10 books worth of articles, in excess of 8 DVDs of video and more than 60 CDs of audio; all dedicated to cricket coaching and playing.

Where do you begin if you are at the start of your journey?

Not every bit of content will resonate with your personal situation. You need a filter. This article aims to help you by pointing you to the important content first.

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