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Finger spinners spin with their fingers. And so, they cannot generate as much spin as a leggies.
This statement is nonsense and sounds like my old high school coach or a bog standard cricket manual.
It is one of the reasons why we have so many bad offies in the game. Even England's Swann thinks we should ban these spinners who do not spin the ball.
Finger spin does not mean you cannot get huge turn and push those revolutions into the red.
Finger spin is a complete misnomer
The only reason it is called such is because more of their spin is generated with the fingers than the wrist spinner.
But, that does not mean a finger spinner should not leverage turn with is hand, wrist, arm, shoulder and upper body. A finger spinner must use all the levers available to him to extract proper turn.
Not, old-man-of-the-club-roll-over-the-fingers-a-bit type off-spin. No, off-spin you can hear fizzing down the track as the revolutions make the ball do magic in the air.
Finger spinners have an easy excuse for not spinning the ball as there are so many mediocre offies out there. They start to think it is ok not to spin the ball a lot.
Real offies spin the ball
Graeme Swann gives the ball an almighty rip and knocks up 2000 revolutions per minute to be precise; more than any other english off spinner.
Part of the misconception is that wrist spinners will in general produce more side-spin with their stock ball. Especially bowling with a rounder arm and across the right hander. It appears that they spin the ball more than the offie.
But, it could be that the offie is putting as much revolutions on the ball and making it dip and bounce. Having put just as much revolutions on the ball as the leggie but with more overspin and straighter at the batsman (due to he natural angles).
How to get more spin
- Do not try and bowl with a perfectly straight arm. The no ball Law whether you like it or not allows for a small bend in the elbow. Use it. Bend your arm a little. You will gain more leverage and whiplash action, allowing for more turn.
- Do not try and break the rules; respect the game and stay within the limits.
- Do not try and bowl with your arm as close to your ear as possible. Yes, you get more height but you lose the opportunity to whiplash it. Slight round arm is good.
- Turn your wrist in the release as quick as possible. Make an effort to keep it as supple as possible during the release.
- Explode through the action by driving with your back leg and turning your body 180 degrees through the delivery stride.
- Try to give the ball a flick and not just a turn (as you would turn a doorknob). Flick it.
Give it a try and you can see you can get just as many revolutions on the ball as the wrist spinner.
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