Now you can bowl fast too

There is not much that is more satisfying for a seam bowler than steaming in, beating the batsman for pace and seeing the stumps cartwheeling back. If anyone knows how to tease that extra pace out of you it's Ian Pont: Cricket guru and fast bowling coach to Essex CCC and the Netherlands World Cup squad.

Ian's theories are outlined in his excellent online course here. While I highly recommend you pick up a copy, Ian has agreed to impart a few of his fast bowling secrets for nothing.

Fast Bowling Hints and Tips

  1. While you need a certain amount of natural ability to be able to bowl at 90mph, everyone can improve on their natural bowling speed no matter how fast they are.
  2. Imagine you are bowling in a railway track. This will help you run-up straight, keep your weight moving in a straight line in your action and follow-through straight. If it doesnt go at the batsman, then change it!
  3. Your non-bowling arm is far more important than your bowling arm. Use it properly by driving it out and down so it passes your side. When you do this properly, it will accelerate your bowling shoulder and help increase speed. Some have argued that this can stop genuine swing happening, so take care if you rely on traditional swing.
  4. Keep your elbows and arms pumping in as you run up and load up into your action. Nothing throws your momentum and straight lines off like unnecessary side-to-side movements. Keeping your action tighthelps you to control the release of the ball.
  5. Start your run up leading with your arm. This drives force down your body and into the ground for greater speed. Drive your arms fast in short a short pumping action which will force you forward faster.
  6. Make sure you fully rotate your shoulders on completion of action. If you have a name on your back imagine you are going to show it to the batsman when you finish. This will help you think about how much of a shoulder turn youre aiming for
  7. Try to drive your chest through the crease just before you let the ball go. The sensation is that of being pulled forward by the batsman with a big rope attached to your chest. This gets you as far in front of the ballas possible and increases arm pull and speed of the arm
  8. At the point of delivery, your hips and nose will be facing the batsman. If your bowling hip is lazy it will lag behind thus dropping your speed. If your nose isnt facing the batsman, your head is probably falling away. The hips are the powerhouse of your body. Get them in the right position
  9. Try not to throw your non-bowling arm too high as it gets you off balance and affects your timing. Remember, youre trying to go forwards, not up and down
  10. Your bowling arm starts to bowl from the downswing, which is close to your bowling side hip. Getting your bowling hand into this position quickly from your load-up helps you improve your speed and timing.

 



If these ideas have tickled your interest you can now get all Ian's fast bowling advice in one place. It's the same information he provides on his ABSAT courses in person, only now you can learn it all online. Click here to view Ian's fast bowling course on PitchVision Academy.


 

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Comments

Two things come to mind reading this. The first is an exercise you may like to try out, the basic kettlebell swing (you could also use a heavy dumbbell for this). It'll increase both hip drive and endurance.

The other is the slightly unorthodox - though effective, he was once clocked at 99.7mph - bowling style of Jeff Thompson. I guess I'm showing my age now Smiling

It's funny, When I was discussing this with Ian Pont he mentioned Jeff Thompson as a great example of a fast bowler who used less run up and more arm action to generate speed. A great bowler, but of course not a patch on FS Trueman Eye-wink

Ah, yes. A bit before my time though Smiling

Me too, but quality is quality.

Hi, the blog is very informative and useful for all..

Thanks Toon, maybe not all but all cricket fans for sure Eye-wink

i am a left arm medium pacer aged 15 from india.
i play for eastern province and almana. i have a problem that i feel i am loosing pace. Please tell me what to do.

Saif, have you tried any of the tips in the post?

oh yes i did. and my pace did increase when i bowled yesterday but i was very much off target.
i also changed my bowling style but still i dont get how to make the ball to come back in to the right handed batsman. Please help me with this.

I'm glad I could help. I'm no expert on swing but you can see the basics here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBa1OxNYI-Y
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sportacademy/hi/sa/cricket/skills/newsid_3230000/3...

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hey Saif and all the other fast bowlers.

Dont Make Fast Bowling Complicated. Keep it simple.
Follow these keys.

1. Run up nice and smooth. This means running up in a controlled manner not too fast, not too slow. Your run up should be the most beautiful thing in the world. It is a nice rhythmical dance.

2. Once you get your runup rite just extend your bowling arm and zip the ball through.

Somthing I do to work on my bowling is just mark down the crease with my boots, mark my run up and just keep bowling without a ball for an hour every day. this is a great way to get your rhythm and keep it.

Sid

Great tip Sid. Where do you play?

hey this is very useful mate....i have till now clocked 131 km/hr....at the best...this sure will increase it atleast by a bit ..thnks a lot for these tips,..

Let me know how you get on saurab

If can bowl a tennis ball at
120kmh how fast would it be with a
cricket ball? Please help, I need
to know!

That would be an interesting bit of maths for someone to do. Sadly my GCSE standard is not up to it.

lol! thanks David! But a cricket ball
would be faster than a tennis ball,right?

No idea, but I would suspect not as a cricket ball is heavier.

Maybe you are losing pace because. You are concerned by your accuracy and think if you bowl to fast you will lose control, you are stiff and need to flex your muscles or your action has is slowly changing to a slower one

hi..
i m totally confused by ur tips to increase pace. could u plz make it simple

Buy the Fast Bowler's Bible ankur and everything will become clear.

David i am a medium pace bowler from india i can bowl some balls accurately with much fast aftersometime i completely lose my stability and lose my pace and line by bowling beamers suggest the best action for me i will definitely follow it if u suggest i am 5feet5inches and 55 kg in weight i usually follow irfan pathan's action please suggest me proper bowling action also i want to ask if only fast releasing action is sufficient to bowl fast also tell me the max. speed a 15 year old boy can bowl please answer me immediately

Have you tried the tips in the post Sudheer?

i will try out your tips but my question is where should the ball i mean in which angle i have to release it so as not to get fulltoss

the best suggestion I can give without seeing you bowl is this: Don't focus on angles or technique, focus on the target. Where do you look when you bowl? You need to be fixing your eyes on the exact spot you want the ball to pitch from the beginning of your run up until you have followed through. DO this and you accuracy will improve.

thanks david i wan to ask u does runup influences the speed of the ball does more runup gives extra fast and accuracy please reply me

I am a pace bowler- well i use to be, over the recient years i have developed this silly skip step just as i am going through my bowling action. this is a result of play Indoor Cricket in the off season. the problem with this is that all the speed that i have generated from my run up is lost, and it is doing damage to my right knee, any suggestions to fix this problem?. i have been searching far and wide to find someone to help me.

Tony, You might want to consider rebuilding your run up. Find an empty field, mark the start point, close your eyes, run up and pretend to bowl. Mark the end point.

Do this a few times and you will find your natural run up. You can then put that back to the nets.

Remember run up only contributes a small percentage of pace though.

Hi David, Thanks for the advice, i trained on thursday night with my outdoor team, my runup was all over the shop. ended up heading out to the field and did what you told me. its hard to tell but i think i may have stopped that skip step. i do remember when i was young looking at a South African bowler named Richard Snell, he pretty much had the same technique, massive skip step.
anyway when i tested my self i now have a 13 step run up. what would you consider to be a comfertable run up length?
and secondly now that i have the runup down pat how do i get my speed back again taht i have lost over the years? i have developed the ability to swing and minuplate the ball really well over the years, just need to get that bite back like i had in the past when i opened.

Only you can tell me what is a comfortabl length Tony, so if you like 13, go with 13! As for pace, age will play a part but I don't know how old you are. Buy the fast Bowlers Bible as that will help you identify the areas you need to improve.

I am a medium pace bowler. With a short run up, I have got decent pace and trouble the batsmen. My friends tell me that with a good run up, I can increase my pace. With the current style, I will have to use my arm a lot and it's difficult to bounce the ball. Will a decent run up increase my pace and the ability to bounce?
I tried practising a long run up. But as I approach the bowling crease I some what lose rhythm (I tend to think too much on the crease). Can you guys help me to get a good run up?

It sounds like the run up you have works well for you. Run up only really gives 10-15% of your overall speed anyway so even if you increase it successfully there is not much to gain. There is also much to lose if you can't get your rhythm.

Thanks David for your observations. I am working hard on finding a good run up pattern. Of late, I have been running with 25 strides. Finding good rhythm occassionally. But, would like to master it. Anyhelp and guidance in this regard is highly appreciated.

Thanks David for your observations. I am working hard on finding a good run up pattern. Of late, I have been running with 25 strides. Finding good rhythm occassionally. But, would like to master it. Anyhelp and guidance in this regard is highly appreciated.

Gary, it's a common question! Try the tip I posted previously:

Find an empty field, mark the start point, close your eyes, run up and pretend to bowl. Mark the end point.

Do this a few times and you will find your natural run up. You can then put that back to the nets.

FROM: B.Sudheer ; Kurnool [district headquarter] ; ANDHRA PRADESH [state] ;INDIA. TO:JothiMurugan sir . REQUEST:Sir,my name is Sudheer sir.I am 15year old sir.I love cricket and I live for cricket sir.Actually 2 or 3 years before I used to study well ,at the same time I used to play cricket well sir.My father thinks that I will study well and become an engineer or something else.He don't even know properly that I play cricket sir.But I never never thought myself as an engineer or some thing else.I always wanted,dreamt,lived to be a cricketer, cricketer, cricketer and nothing else.But my father will never permit me towards my ambition.I know it well sir.But I knew that I play cricket well sir.But children here always fear of studies.I grew tired of these fellows sir.I am ready to undergo any heavy , critical practice as I always love it. Sir I am glad to say that I am not like those who try to avoid practice in severe climatic conditions like that. Sir I don't have even proper shoes sir.But due to my love towards cricket , I never care it Sir.Also the ground in which I bowl is full of pebbles sir.Even it is difficult to walk fast in such ground without footwear sir.I bowl a lot of overs in that ground with my barefoot sir,even some times blood will appear if I bowl so many overs sir. But I never cared it sir.But even to bowl there must be a batsman sir.Isn't it sir?I ask my friends to bat sir.But those fellows even don't have interest to bat even if I bowl in such adverse conditions sir.Actually I have school throughout the day sir.So there is scope to carry on my practice only on Sunday sir.That too if any of my friends agree to bat sir.I always bother that though I have capability of bowling in such conditions and I have talent,no body except one or two of my friends has recognised me sir.What to do with these fellows I don't know sir. Sir but I could definitely swear you that I bowl very fast sir.I have strong confidence about it sir as I bowled fast even in very adverse conditions sir.But my main problem is line sir.I bowl in line sir but not for many overs sir.Sir please think once that I don't have anybody to guide me.Lack of proper line in bowling is may be due to it sir.I have experienced many difficulties in that ground sir. I never cared it sir.Please thinkover sir I have lot of confidence on me that even made me to bowl in all these conditions sir.Even there are many other odds sir but I am not writing sir. Sir, I am ready to leave all my relations and everything for cricket sir if you advice me sir.Sir I could definitely,surely,confidently swear you that I could become a good cricketer and keep up your expectations if you train me sir.Sir please please consider this cricket lover sir. I love to be trained by you sir . Please accept me for your training and help me sir. You are all my hopes sir. Please help me sir. I don't feel any severe.critical,difficulty in any conditions sir.You can use me like a machine sir. I am ready sir. I pray your foot sir. Please,Please consider me sir. Waiting for your reply sir................YOURS OBEDIENTLY:Sudheer

the fast bowlers bible is great.The first day when I tried to increase my pace using the tips mentioned in the book I was already bowling far faster!
I recommend everyone to buy a copy.

i m a fast bowler & want to increase my strength by strength training. could u tell the fitness schedule & exercises to be done for it.

Have a look at my Complete Guide to Cricket Fitness.

hi
i m suffering from bowling too much no balls. even if i start 1 foot back from my starting point , then also i m bowling no balls.
plz help me out

Hi,
I am a 14 year old boy from South Aus,
recently i have worked on trying to bowl faster and have managed to increase my speed by about 10km from last season and can now bowl about 110kmph while keeping reasonably good accuracy. Although i gained pace i have lost my ability to bowl out swing and have instead developed slight inswinger. How can i get my outswing back and am i bowling at the right pace for my age?

please answer

im a 15 yr old opening batsman playing district cricket.i have a serious problemwhen i go in to bat.i am not able to play shots freely and am always afraid of getting out although i have sound technique.i have read all posts but am not able to find a solution to this problem.what do I do?i have even tried simulating match situations in nets but this has not helped either.plase answer asap

The way i see it with fast bowling is the ball can only get down the other end if u sling your bowling arm through. I guess the faster u can sling it through, the faster it will come out. Keep bowling more and more and your body will develop a natural action that is comfortable for you. On the way to the crease, picture how fast and how much power u want to sling your arm through and give it the good old grunt as you let go. Keep in mind, your arms need to be fairly high to generate pace and bounce. On the way to the crease, you are basically winding up for the lethal let go of the ball, build ur run up slowly and then increase at the crease for the explosion of the ball out of your hands. Good luck boys and girls.

Build your shoulder to bowl fast

100 push ups of 3 sets daily
u may start with 1 u will feel the difference

Interesting thought about the push ups. I love push ups, but why 100? What about pull ups?

i am a fast bowler. but sometimes i loose my pace and accurecy. i think i have aproblem in pulling down my non bowling arm down. can you please tell me and give me the best way to bowl more faster and more accurate?

sir i m a medium fast bowler how wants to bowl fast i m tryin my level best to give my full concentration but from past 1 month i dint increase my speed so can u tell me how bowl fast?

What have you tried so far?

Hi I'm 16 and from Sussex. I'm 6ft 2 and bowl reasonably fast but can't seem to get any bounce so I struggle bowling to batsmen confident on the from foot. Have you got any suggestions to fix this? Thanks

sir my name is gaurav.iused to bowl sound pace but then i lost my practice then when i startd playing again ,i did not have that good pace hence in order to bowl fast i started chucking the bowl ,my pace incrased more than previous ,now i want to get back my action please help

how to swing the ball properly

i am a spin bowler that takes no wickets

Most fast bowling questions are answered here

i am a 15 year old fast bowler from australia
i have a problem with falling away in my delivery stride
my coach got my to whip through my delivery stride quicker and it helped. i was also getting more bounce.
but i can not keep up this action for very long.
i also have trouble bowling into the wind

can you please help?

I am 22 year old fast bowler, falling away I find is often whether you bowl over a straight or bent front leg. If you have a straight front leg then there is less chance your body can fall away, it forces your body and momentum over you front leg towards the batsmen.
might be worth having a look if ur front leg collapes and see if its your leg causing the fall away or your upper torso and head?

thanks jamie i will get someone to watch my front leg.
if i do bowl with a bent front leg is there any way i can fix it?

keagan.coleman

hi Everybody hope everybody is good.

i just wanted to know how to use the heavy dumbbell to get hip drive correct care to example!

Hello sir, my height is 5 feet 10 inches and i m 18 years old as far as my bowling speed is concerned i m confident that i can bowl above 130. Everybody told me that my run up is not smooth, Sir i wanted to increase my speed more than 150 kmph as early as possible. I m having just one year to improve my speed. Please help me somebody.

Thanks

hey
im 17 and i bowl at abot 102kph which is slow for a bowler who bowls first change in the firsts was wonodering what i can do to get faster but not risk the natural swing and cut i get. everybody says i am a good bowler but i feel i lack the pace.
thanks

Take a look here for all the advice you need.

Hi I'm a personal trainer I've played cricket in the past but not to a high standard I currently have two guys I've been friends with over years they both play at a good level and want to increase their bowling speed. I have several ideas like using a a medicine ball and slamming it down in a bowling style action all kettle ball twists and throws. Plus the basic shoulder bench press etc also examing the action i believe strong lats would be good as they rotate the shoulder. Any further ideas to increase functional strength and explosiveness?

Kelivin, you might want to look at the Strength and Conditioning for Cricket course we have.

sir i am all rounder
open the innings and open the bowling i can join for the acadamey to improve my cricket international level

Hi my name is sean, im from johannesburg,south africa. Ive playing cricket since i was about 8 years old,i am 19 now and studying at the university of johannesburg. I am an all rounder i love both batting and bowling but i have been a pace bowler my whole life and a number 4 batsmen. I need advice on what to do, my problem is that i love bowling fast and i want to be the fastest like any young cricketer does, but over the past two years i have lost my pace, ive tried alot of things to get my pace back but its not helping me, can you maybe give me basic tips on what need to do in order to get my pace back, its really depressing me and putting me off cricket when i put all my hard work and it is not coming out, many coaches have told me that i dont use my left arm which helps for pace, i am a right handed bowler, i need tips on my hips my jump my follow through,everything.please send me as much advice i need,thank you i will be waiting on a reply that will bring my confidence back,thank you

You have come to the right place. You should buy How to Bowl Faster by pace bowling guru Ian Pont. If you need advice on bowling fast that is the best place online to go. The only better option would be to fly Ian out at great expense!

i have this problem where i jump wide of the crease when i bowl.I've tried bowling from a wider runup, running through tall cones and much more. But when i bowl in a match, i bowl back-foot no balls.please help!!!

Jordan,

It seems like an issue where you will have to do a lot of drills to correct. I think you need to keep dong the cone drills where you walk through and jump straight through the crease and slowly progress until the muscle memory is built up. There is no easy road, it will take time. If you start from a wide run up, you will end up even wider. So focus on straight lines. You must make a mental note to jump forward, focus on this mental part when you are doing your drills.

Thanks! Also my bowling arm goes away from my body when i drive it past my hip to bowl. any tips? is this covered in the bowlers bible.

Again, this is something you will have to correct by doing drills. Slow down the downswing of the bowling hand and each time practise positioning the bowling arm close to your bowling hip.

thanks! will try to practise as much as i can!

thanks! will try to practise as much as i can!

i have noticed dtat my back foot lands at 45 degree angle but my coaches are tellling me to bowl side on. what should i do?

What feels more comfortable to you?

i dont know!!!!THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE ME BOWL LIKE JEFF THOMPSON

i bowl with an action not dissimilar to brett lee's and i've recently tried really running in (before i used to jog in) and i was hoping that you could give me a few tips on how to be as consistent as possible (i can bowl the yorker well and often, but the good length ball is the problem)
many thanks

Ahad,

The only solution for you is to do plenty of target practice. Go to the nets, put a marker on where a good length will be and just bowl and bowl trying to hit the good length. This builds up your muscle memory on the correct release position for a good length ball. As far as release position, the release position for a yorker is behind your head, for a good length ball it is in the position that you would give someone a "high five", and for a bouncer it is infront of your chest.

PitchVision is a good tool for tracking your progress too.

This very good for fast bowlers

Hi
i follow these steps but i am unable to increase pace speed
I also go to gym i do bosy buillding and i also excercise forearms and biceps for speed
but still unable my line link is perfect but i am unable to increase speed pace

hey harris

the best way to increase speed is by doing plyometric training and do alot of power lifts (claen and jerk and snatch lifts) also I found out that a kettlebell can also help develop good explosive power needed for bowling quick.

Good advice keagan, technique is also important though. Take a look at How to Bowl Faster by pace bowling guru Ian Pont.

thanks David

another way is by dropping your back legs knee before your front leg lands getting both hips will be in line going forward and make sure your front leg is as straight as possible this will give extra power to your action. you will be open chested at the point of delivery if done correctly. javelin throwers throw with their legs because that is where the power comes from same with bowling. if you dont believe me check out Catherine Dalton on youtube she is 17 and bowls at 70 mph.

Oh thanks alot i hope it will work
and catherine bowls at 70 oh my gosh very good at very young age
i try to copy shaun tait and shoaib akhtar action style
but as my forearms get stronger i feel lil more pace

hello Harris

shaun taits action is not great youl probably end up injured alot. try get the drop step correct! it sounds like you bowling from your upper body only instead of the whole body.

Yea thankyou keagan i tried and so i got reward
as u said drop you back leg first it really works
and i dint get that open chested and bowl from whole body
i think my shoulder biceps and forearms help me for pace and back as well
what you mean by whole body

hey Harris

what i mean is you start with a run up that builds up speed by doing the drop step and block with your front leg you are transferring most of your momentum up into your hand. (HIP HELPS USE THE WHOLE BODY IT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST AREAS IT HAS 24 MUSCLES RESPONSIBLE FOR MOVEMENT.)

ahan thnx kegan
i am following these and improving
can you tell me your facebook account or msn?
or u preffer talkin here only?
thnx for your helpfull tips...!
its worth to me alot
all i wanted to see is me bollowing at 145+kph
and i want to hit 100 mph

hey Harris

it is cool i also want to hit 100mph.

my e-mail address is keagan.coleman@vmed.co.za

my facebook account is keagan coleman.

this blog is very informative.........

Hello my name is Mantavya I am 12years old from India

i am a medium pace bowler, i am 20 years old, height is 5ft 7in... 3 years ago i was clocked at 115 kmph.... and for 2 years i did not play competetive cricket. my pace has now dropped significantly and i cannot get my pace up, no matter how much i try... I also find that i bowl faster off a shorter runup about 10 steps than when i used to bowl with my full runup 18 steps... Another problem is that every over after 4 balls my length goes haywire... either a fulltoss or short, but my line is consistant. please could you help me with this.

Take a look at How to Bowl Faster by Ian Pont

Good evening sir,
my self harry i want to introduce my self as a fast bowler to this world. ican bowl wid 130 km/h iwana increase my speed up to 155 km/h can respected u help. ihave good hight 6 feet....................
can i bowl fast like brett lee and flintoff..... hope that u'll gv me response soon........

See my previous response for all the answers.

Hi David

Great fast bowling tips!
I think your second point on getting all your weight moving in a straight line toward the batsman is especially useful. However, I don't fully agree with your article. I am of the view that with good technique and great training, you can overcome a lack of natural ability - and that you can become a great fast bowler if you train hard and get good advice. Check out this website on how to bowl fast in cricket. Its focus is on flexibility and speed training to improve fast bowling speeds, and also reinforces that training hard will enable you to achieve your goals in cricket.

This is a good article by Pont. He has got a really good understanding of fast bowlers and knows what he talks about! I'm improved my pace and consistency from his Fast Bowling Bible book. @TimSymonds, how can I contact you via your website, your website looks good!

i just need to increase my pace

Have you checked out Ian's online coaching course?

i am a 15 year old fast bowler from Pakistan, i was once clocked at 104 miles per hour i want to increase it more remember i was once clocked 117 miles with tennis bowl what should i do

miles and kmh are two different things, and i doubt whether anyone can bowl a tennis ball quicker than a cricket ball

This argument is a bit pointless. Let's not take it any further.

yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyya,,,,,,,,,,the tips are superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi, my name is josh, I live in Newcastle, Australia. This website is so helpful by the way. I was wondering if anyone had the time could you look at my bowling action on this link 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM4A80FWZCA' and see if there are any majors flaws in it. My main problems are bowling to much leg side (because of the front-on, inswinging action) and not bowling with an upright seam. I try to tell myself to stay more upright throughout the action so I don't bowl down leg side but it doesn't seem it work.

Cheers JB

Sir i actually i can bowl fast but the problem is that iam unable to find consistent bowling action pls give me some for tips for fast bowling end run up

hey.. i am a left arm fast bowler aged 16.. i am able to get the ball into the right hander and i can also make it go away from him with the angle, but it usually goes off target. can anybody help??

hi David,
I m a left arm fast bowler, but recently i have been experiencing severe pain in my left leg from my hip to toe, and it starts just after i bowl an over, also alongside both of my calf muscles hurt, just below them, it happens only after i bowl, if i run miles and miles it wont effect! pls help as iam entirely confused about it!!!

I am an extreme fast bowler from Pakistan,i have tried to bowl with tennis bowl , i was clocking and 108 miles an hour while i tried with a cricket ball i can hardly get 92 to 93 miles, cricket bal travel about 14 to 16 miles slower than the tennis ball

you need to run in straight line and also follw through straigh hope this will help

i will be slower than the tennis ball dear a bout 15 miles or 24 kmh you will be bowling a cricket ball with 96 kmh

hye thanx for your tipss sir, i m 21 year old from pakistan and my question is i lose concentration as i reach closer to the crease watching for no ball

i am from pakistan and i love to play cricket and bowl.YOUR TIPS WERE AWESOMEEEE!!!!!

I am suman from india. 16 years of age 5ft 7inches medium pacer(bowling all-rounder). I have a bowling action very much closer to Brett Lee. I am a wicket taker but hardly finds much pace. Inspite of taking wickets my economy is almost 9.0!! I am not at all satisfied with myself. My bowling speed is very very less which is both a boon as well as problem for me! What shud i do? Please help me out....

FROM: B.Sudheer ; Kurnool [district headquarter] ; ANDHRA PRADESH [state] ;INDIA. TO:JothiMurugan sir . REQUEST:Sir,my name is Sudheer sir.I am 15year old sir.I love cricket and I live for cricket sir.Actually 2 or 3 years before I used to study well ,at the same time I used to play cricket well sir.My father thinks that I will study well and become an engineer or something else.He don't even know properly that I play cricket sir.But I never never thought myself as an engineer or some thing else.I always wanted,dreamt,lived to be a cricketer, cricketer, cricketer and nothing else.But my father will never permit me towards my ambition.I know it well sir.But I knew that I play cricket well sir.But children here always fear of studies.I grew tired of these fellows sir.I am ready to undergo any heavy , critical practice as I always love it. Sir I am glad to say that I am not like those who try to avoid practice in severe climatic conditions like that. Sir I don't have even proper shoes sir.But due to my love towards cricket , I never care it Sir.Also the ground in which I bowl is full of pebbles sir.Even it is difficult to walk fast in such ground without footwear sir.I bowl a lot of overs in that ground with my barefoot sir,even some times blood will appear if I bowl so many overs sir. But I never cared it sir.But even to bowl there must be a batsman sir.Isn't it sir?I ask my friends to bat sir.But those fellows even don't have interest to bat even if I bowl in such adverse conditions sir.Actually I have school throughout the day sir.So there is scope to carry on my practice only on Sunday sir.That too if any of my friends agree to bat sir.I always bother that though I have capability of bowling in such conditions and I have talent,no body except one or two of my friends has recognised me sir.What to do with these fellows I don't know sir. Sir but I could definitely swear you that I bowl very fast sir.I have strong confidence about it sir as I bowled fast even in very adverse conditions sir.But my main problem is line sir.I bowl in line sir but not for many overs sir.Sir please think once that I don't have anybody to guide me.Lack of proper line in bowling is may be due to it sir.I have experienced many difficulties in that ground sir. I never cared it sir.Please thinkover sir I have lot of confidence on me that even made me to bowl in all these conditions sir.Even there are many other odds sir but I am not writing sir. Sir, I am ready to leave all my relations and everything for cricket sir if you advice me sir.Sir I could definitely,surely,confidently swear you that I could become a good cricketer and keep up your expectations if you train me sir.Sir please please consider this cricket lover sir. I love to be trained by you sir . Please accept me for your training and help me sir. You are all my hopes sir. Please help me sir. I don't feel any severe.critical,difficulty in any conditions sir.You can use me like a machine sir. I am ready sir. I pray your foot sir. Please,Please consider me sir. Waiting for your reply sir................YOURS OBEDIENTLY:Sudheer

sir iam 14 years old.my height is 5 feet 5 inches and weight is 45 kg.my action is like of dale steyn.in my starting days i used to bowl fast but i lost my pace.should i change my action?

sir i am 19 years old and i want to become a fast bowler but my my height is only 5'2 so what can i do sir

i too have the same problem .have u got any solution

Correct the biomechanics in your action.

lkk to get d ball go back in hold the ball straight and turn the seam and make it face to fine leg and change ur actions o dat your hand will line up with middle
and leg stump
and it gin cum bak n if it doesnt swing it is ogin to bounce and cut back in

as for as i know u dont have to be very tall to b a fast bowler i am only 5'6 and inside the secondary schools there are only to pacers which are faster than me

Hey everyone,

My name is Maaz,and i live in Bahrain.I've toured to many countries at the under-19 level ,the national squad and clicked the speed of 138 kph recently and i have just turned 18 years old.My issue is that i think alot at the nets and thus,my accuracy gets affected by that negative thinking when Professionals around me tell me to build my body as they say that"YOUR BODY aint ready for the 1st team yet".According to everyone out here,I deserve the spot in the main team but I'd love to know WHAT type of exercises would enhance my shoulders and my core in order to be eligible enough to make it to the first team.

Thanks in advance..

Hi,

Great tips.I play for Orissa state team,and in Ranji Trophy.I am still a 17 year old and aspiring fast bowler.My usual speed was 130-133 Km/hr.After following these tips and coach's tips,I am now throwing 137-138 km/hr constantly and even sometimes,i reached 140 km/hr.I can outswing the ball pretty good,but my inswing abilities are not that good.So,if you can give some inswing tips,it would be great.

Hi Raj, thats really interesting to hear. Please come back and keep everyone on the site up to date with your progress: we'll be watching you now!!

great . my speed is not much please give advise to usual speed

Sir David i am a fast bowler aged 12 and a half from Pakistan. I can bowl very fast and faster than my team mates but when 1 get 3 to 4 balls right i start to bowl too many wides and cant control the ball and then bowl 8 to 9 wides without bowling a regular bowl. Suggest a way to improve my bowling. Well i am 5''2 tall and i weigh 40 kg i bowl with a simple action like Breet Lee and i also cant bowl bouncers but i can bowl yorkers very easily and almost my every ball i bowl is a yorker and my natural ball is an in swinger which comes into a right handed batsman. Nobody can hit me for a six and i can pick up wickets but i bowl too many wide balls so please help me.

Shujah Malik

PLEASE REPLY.

Hi i am a fast bowler aged 12 and a half from Pakistan. I can bowl very fast and faster than my team mates but when 1 get 3 to 4 balls right i start to bowl too many wides and cant control the ball and then bowl 8 to 9 wides without bowling a regular bowl. Suggest a way to improve my bowling. Well i am 5''2 tall and i weigh 40 kg i bowl with a simple action like Breet Lee and i also cant bowl bouncers but i can bowl yorkers very easily and almost my every ball i bowl is a yorker and my natural ball is an in swinger which comes into a right handed batsman. Nobody can hit me for a six and i can pick up wickets but i bowl too many wide balls so please help me.

Shujah Malik

PLEASE REPLY.

147km/hr fastest bowled by me bowls consistent fast above 140km/hr being 18 years of age..
i am a genuine fast bowler , bowls above 140km/hr looking for opportunity?
not able to join clubs and all due to financial problems..
my passion is to bowl too fast.. n want to break shoaib akthar record of 160km/hr
nd will break it just want opportunity..

one thing guarentee...one will not be disappointed and will see a share pace..

Name-Amardeep kumar
Address-533,nitikhand 3rd, indirapuram ghaziabad(near ncr delhi)
mo. 9811764663

Thanks for ur tips...this might help me a lot...i wish to
get more information from u about how to maintan fast bowling as well as frontline batting like Shane watson for best example...!!!

i will try tommorrow

Hi i am fast bowler being 17 years but please+give me tips thats why the ball faster more then more plz plz

that was nothing,,,,,,,,,,,first u had need too prove ur runnig its too usefull too bowl fas and try every time streching etc ... my running means not a run up ...my means running,,,mornig woke up.....m also a medium pace bowler...n trying to become a pefect pace boler

on there somebody saying i am bowling like brett lee style but...u didnts knows..this is not a simple,,,,brett lee throws front on bowling,,,n this too hard he throws strait bowling his body 5 time joined ...its too diffficult

gourav sharma teri ma ko lun
harami ke bachay tu ne mujy kheltay huay dekha ha kutay
apni ama ko dekh kis tarah phudi marwati ha madar chaud
apni ama ki body ko 5 dafa join kar meray lun se

gourav sharma teri ma ko lun
harami ke bachay tu ne mujy kheltay huay dekha ha kutay
apni ama ko dekh kis tarah phudi marwati ha madar chaud
apni ama ki body ko 5 dafa join kar meray lun se

Helo every body. My name is hassan farooq malik .my age is 17 . My question is . . How i can maintain mine bowling action. . Second question is how i can get perfect line and length . . And third one is. .how i can use my hip power? In what direction i can use my body power. . Thanks . . Any one like to reply plz . . Thanx . . Here all of u mine big brothers i hope you will train me good like a little bro. Thnks and plz a simple request to you that plz reply on the my facebook id. Plz. My id is farooqh61@yahoo.com

Hassan for line and length target practice is what you should be doing. For the hip drive I use a drill where you place a line of cones in front of the crease. Now run in and bowl, with your back leg driving through over the cones.

God evng sir dis syd is me vinesh i m 15yrs old i hv a gr8 speed also in bowling but nt gud in line n length sir cn u pls tell me sme tips 4r imprvng d line n lngth n incrse sme speed

thanks anund bro. . . what type of bowling action should have ???? mine favorite bowler is umar gul i like his bowling action i want to copy him but how????

I do 500 push ups everyday but my size of the shoulders is not increasing.plz help...!

Stop doing push ups. And why do you want large shoulders?

To increase my bowling speed and to hit powerful shots

David bro,i want to ask u that i am 17 yrs old.can i go to gym at this age to increase my strength,endurance and power.can i?plz tell bro.waiting for ur reply

how to relieve back spasms ive been resting for 2 months but the pain isnt going ive been strenthening the back too

Dear David,

I have a technical question on my bowling action regarding when I should start pulling the bowling arm.

Should I start pulling the bowling arm as soon as the back foot lands?

Usually I wait until the Front Foot is planted and then start pulling or bringing the arm over.

I have a Slingy action.

I believe delaying the bowling arm will increase pace???

Thanks,

Sunil

I think the hints for bowling faster are appropriate. Thanks for sharing it.

Praise indeed. I hope they make a difference to you.

Hi sir i am a 20 year old,5 feet 6 inches medium pace bowler. I can bowl really good inswing ball and little bit of out swing but my pace is not so good and i am also poor in bowling yorkers. What can i do to increase my pace from 115 kmph to about 135 kmph after trying most of the given tips? Plz reply sir

Hello sir, I am a right hand fast bowler. I can bowl between 130-135 kmph max. Now a days, I un-intentionally jumps on the left side while delivering the ball to increase the pace which turns into a no-ball. However it does increase the pace but that is useless. Please give me any tip to reduce this. Awaiting your reply.

Hi david
i m 22 of age height 6feet right arm fast bowler. I have a problem to bowl an accurate bouncer please help me out.

when ur going to bowl wear a knee cap and dont bowl with force of the hand.build up ur strength of biceps and triceps so that u can bowl without force but with power.i think u have to take less jump as u have problem with ur knee

hi sir

couple of questions:

1- what sort of excercises/weights can fast bowlers do in the gym to help with fast bowling.

2- I bowl approx. 125-130kmph but I feel I can bowl much faster but I tend to fall away loosing my height through the bowling crease, can you please tell me the key factors to why this is happening and what I could do to address this problem?

3- it just started this season and the answer maybe quite obvious but whilst I bowl ive been bruising my big toes/toenail on both feet, im assuming that its my shoes im wearing? just was curious to see maybe it could be my follow through?

Kind Regards

Will

hi dude this tips is nice but if u see wasim akram ..i have a same action ..buy i have a lot of accuracy ,,my run up is good too but i have not a pace wht i want ..tell me plzzz

i am a right arm fast bowler from india i can bowl 140+ speed but i am not choose cricket as a profesional and i am also good in study so i am not getting suport of my family so do u think i should try for cricket or not .I LOVE TO PLAY CRICKET AND I CAN DO LOTS OF PRACTICE AND I THINK THAT MY CAPABILITY TO BOWL 145+ SO PLEASE SUGGEST ME ...........PLEASE

im a right arm bowler and i need help to increase my speed once the ball pitches the ground coz i lose speed when it rises after pitching,please help me .

nice

Sir..,i am rohit from india i am right arm medium pace bowler ..sir i how to increase my pace ..i do strengthnin,phitness but my pace is not increase nd my full power is not use in my action then what i do to increase speed..

Sir..,i am rohit from india i am right arm medium pace bowler ..sir i how to increase my pace ..i do strengthnin,phitness but my pace is not increase nd my full power is not use in my action then what i do to increase speed..

Sir..,i am rohit from india i am right arm medium pace bowler ..sir i how to increase my pace ..i do strengthnin,phitness but my pace is not increase nd my full power is not use in my action then what i do to increase speed..

rohit just work out on your action . and mainly on your non bowling arm , it should come rigt straight down not sideways , look out for some fast bowlers videos ow there non bowling arms comes down ...

my 13yr old son bowls at 112km/hr...what will he bowl at by age 18

Iam a left handed medium pacer. I don't play professional cricket , I just play with my friends in the locality. However , recently I've been selected for my college's team. When I bowled I figured out that I bowl too many wides which either go slightly down the leg side or wide off the offside. Iam 6'4" & live in Calcutta India. Please help.

I'm a fast bowler from South India.I got a side on action inspired by Pak legend Shoaib Akhtar, his powerful weapon to get the batsmen bowled is massive inswingers and inswinging Yorkers, but the problem is I can't make out good inswingers. When I browsed in the web, I got answers telling inswingers are meant for front on bowlers.But Akhtar is a side on bowler and he did it in his entire career and it is a beauty to watch his inswingers. Can anybody help me to bowl inswingers like him and remember I got a side on action.

akhtar always bowled inswing with the old ball. i.e. is REVERSE SWING.
with new ball he always bowled out swingers because of his side in action
with reverse swing side on bowler can also ball inswingers
so you can also ball inswing with old ball

akhtar always bowled inswing with the old ball. i.e. is REVERSE SWING.
with new ball he always bowled out swingers because of his side in action
with reverse swing side on bowler can also ball inswingers
so you can also ball inswing with old ball

Personally I think it doesn't matter whether you bowl front on or side on, you should be able to swing the ball both ways if you have the right wrist action. If the seam points towards the slips with the rough side on the left side; it will swing away. If the seam points towards leg slip with the rough side on the right side; it will swing in. So get the seam pointing in those directions and the ball will swing in the direction of the seam! How can your bowling action change physics? A bowling machine delivering real cricket balls with seams can get swing, and it doesn't have a bowling action.

thank you akshay

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