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Fitness is now a non-negotiable in the cricket world, even at lower levels. The demands of fielding, running between the wickets and bowling have never been great. So we look at some ways to both improve performance and stay injury-free.

Plus we discuss the benefits of negative tactics and how to coach by using pressure. 

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

New DPL Twenty20 Tournament Trials 25,000 Young Indian Cricketers Using PitchVision

A brand new, dynamic age-group tournament - the Delhi Premier League (DPL) - has completed trials with aspiring young cricketers this week. With a future IPL contract in mind, over 25,000 9-19 year old passion-fuelled cricketers applied. PitchVision was essential to the selection process.

In a world-first, and perhaps a preview of things to come, a new highly innovative player assessment method was used. Everyone invited to trials was put through their batting, bowling and fielding paces using PitchVision’s Universal Player Assessment (UPA). It’s the first time such a large group of players have been through a quantified testing process for cricket.

Many youngsters were from rural areas and had travelled great distances for a shot at the league. The UPA allowed everyone to have an equal chance no matter what their background. It was all about talent over the 7 days that the trials were run.

The best players from 5,000 triallists were culled down to just 300 talented players in line for a place at a DPL franchise. As an aid to coaches’ selection, PitchVision allowed very fast yet accurate processing of players.

If any of the 8 DPL Franchise Coaching Panels were unsure about any player, all they had to do was go back to the archive and view the player’s stats and even the video of his performance, all logged forever on PitchVision Interactive. Click here to view.

These players should consider themselves lucky as the event is approved by the Delhi District Cricket Association. This means that high quality venues are always available for DPL matches. Combined with strong opposition, DPL cricketers are bound to have a huge advantage in the race to play for a full IPL franchise and even the Indian national side.

Many are calling this trailblazing T20 franchise model the future for cricket. Top players like Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle are using Twenty20 cricket to earn significant amounts of money. It’s only natural that young players want to emulate their heroes and the best way to do that is to gain experience in a format that closely matches the IPL, BPL or Australian BBL.

The DPL is planning to grow into other Indian cities and with the great passion for cricket in India it’s bound to be as oversubscribed everywhere as it is in Delhi.

The challenge for DPL coaches and administrators is to make sure every player who applies gets an equal chance to show their talent. That is where the UPA is so strong, and there will be more on the details of that metric here on PitchVision Academy soon.

 The challenge for the youngsters applying is to put in the hard practice hours before they trial. If you are planning on making it as a cricketer in India, or anywhere, there is nothing more important than practicing hard and smart. If you don’t, one of the other 24,999 certainly will.

For more information on the DPL click here.


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2 Stories That Show How to Use Pressure to Make Better Cricketers

One of the real keys to coaching is to know your players and your team well enough so that you can raise or lower the pressure dial to get the most from your players.

Gaining rapport and building trust are the foundations that underpin coaching. Rapport and trust are more important than technical coaching. Without rapport and trust, even the most sound of advice often falls on deaf ears.

To illustrate how pressure, trust and rapport work, here are some real examples whereby pressure was added (or taken off) with highly positive outcomes.


Putting the Pressure On

England were 1-1 with New Zealand in a 3 match overseas Test series in 2008. The final Test started badly after being bowled out for 253 on one of the most batting friendly wickets in world cricket.

At lunch on day 2, New Zealand were flying along at 93-1 with dangerous batters at the crease and enough depth to bat England out of the game.

Peter Moores - England Head Coach - delivered his greatest speech that lunchtime.

Peter told the players that you spend most of your time taking the pressure off of yourself. However, every now and again, it's time to put yourself under pressure; to tell yourself that if you don't get this next 30 overs right then the game and the series has gone. He asked for everyone to stand up and to change the game.

Real ‘now or never’ stuff.

The atmosphere of the changing room changed, the players picked up their caps, Michael Vaughan changed his bowling plan and NZ lost 9 wickets for 65 with Ryan Sidebottom picking up 7 for 47 and Stuart Broad the other 3 wickets.

I learnt a valuable lesson that day thanks to Peter Moores.

Can you use his inspirational approach in your coaching when the time is right? The situation may only come up once or twice in your career, yet you now have the resource in the coaching toolbox as and when that time arrives.

Taking the Pressure Off

A few years ago, I worked with an exceptional senior player, a great lad and strong opening batter who was having a poor season by his own standards. He put himself under a lot of pressure and his poor batting form was leading to the papers questioning his position in the starting XI.

After long discussion, we decided that the T20 format could be the catalyst for change. I worked with him on a couple of hitting techniques for the last 6 overs of the game, built up his confidence in those shots and then suggested that he would be a great finisher and power hitter at the end of an innings rather than going in at the top of the order.

 This is an example of a change of situation or role releasing pressure on the player with the intention of facilitating both positive behavioural and then performance shifts.

The player accepted this role, committed to it and single-handedly won the side 3 games on the way to the semi-final and won the MOM award to get the team to the final.

When the format changed back to 4-day cricket, the player felt in good form, confident and as a result was not putting himself under pressure. The last 6 weeks of the season were highly successful and the early season challenges were soon forgotten.

These are two real stories, two different coaching applications around the subject of pressure.

Is there anything in there that can help you as a coach or even as a player? 

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Cricket Show 165: To GP or not to GP

On the cricket show this week we talk spin bowling in India and Burners tells us all about the scourge of the GP in modern cricket.

There are questions on getting your chance to play, and how to rotate the strike, plus we almost get some gossip from Mark Garaway… almost.



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How to Stop Niggles in 5 Minutes

One of my training clients is having a little trouble with occasional knee pain. It’s nothing more than a niggle, but we have to take care it doesn’t become an actual injury.

It got me thinking; this is good practice for all players; your first aim should always be to get on the park, and that means staying injury free. However, you are not a physiotherapist (neither am I) and so diagnosing and solving injury issues is impossible.

What do you do?

The One Secret Exercise You Need to Improve Bowling Speed

Exercises to Bowl FasterYour hips are the powerhouse of the bowling action: You have leapt to the crease, landed with a braced front leg and there is a surge of energy heading up your body like a pole vaulter's pole sends them over the bar.


About PitchVision Academy

Welcome to this week's guide to playing and coaching better cricket.

I'm David Hinchliffe and I'm Director of the PitchVision Academy team. With this newsletter you are benefitting directly from over 25 Academy coaches. Our skills include international runs and wickets, first-class coaching, cutting-edge research and real-life playing experience.

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Date: 2012-06-08