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This week we focus on Monty Desai. The Rajasthan Royals Talent Scout and Academy Coach gave us exclusive access to his Academy recently, and now you can find out how to become a cricketer by clicking here and viewing his videos.

Plus, we have some more videos from Graham Gooch and Mark Garaway, a podcast and almost two thousand words on timing the cricket ball. This is true multimedia cricket-boosting content.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Out Now: Monty Desai Reveals How To Become A Cricketer In Exclusive Online Coaching Courses

How to Become a Cricketer, the total guide to achieving your cricket dreams from respected coach Monty Desai, is out now, exclusively on PitchVision Academy.

As you know, recently we announced the Rajasthan Royals Talent Scout and Academy Coach was revealing his methods in his first ever online coaching courses. Tody you can get your hands on three courses that teach you how to become a cricketer

Get them now. Click here to buy the online coaching courses.


All the streaming videos on the courses are professionally produced and the content is split into chapters to make it totally relevant to your needs:

  • Revelations from the Talent Scout
  • Effective IPL Skills and Tactics
  • Inner-Circle Academy Sessions

The course is fully interactive and have been designed to teach you effectively. Guides cover they ways to play to achieve success at your level from tennis ball up to IPL and beyond.

In these videos, you'll finally learn:

  • The path from tennis ball to IPL explained in detail, with tips on moving forward.
  • How to practice to prepare for both IPL and Test cricket.
  • The skills to learn to give you the best results in the shortest time.
  • A secret way to gain respect from any coach and improve you chances of becoming a cricketer.
  • How to become a T20 specialist, even if you are older!
  • Simple ways to respectfully ask a coach or Guru for your one chance (even if you only have Facebook).

Monty has seen good players become great, average players become good, and good players throw away talent. He knows what works. He has filtered out the bad and has worked out the good, now he is passing it onto you so you can take your chance and become a cricketer.

Click here for more information and to be one of the first to purchase.

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Wicketkeeper Standing Up Drill

Following on from the positive feedback on the standing back keeping drill using the multi-stumps I thought I would follow up with another keeping drill that was given to me recently by one of our International players here at Millfield School.

Tom has developed this drill with Iain Brunnschweiler in a recent England tour to the UAE.

You'll need a Katchet Ramp, multistump, Bat or Skyer and some cricket balls.

The aim is to simulate standing up to the stumps to both medium pacers and spinners, focussing on areas such as posture, hip and shoulder turn, catching area, and the ability to react to significant deflections from a realistic "nick-distance". In other words, to push back the boundaries of what is possible when standing up to the stumps.


Anyone who has seen First-Class Fielding, will be aware of my insistence on coaches continually developing their hitting and feeding drills to fast track the development of batters, fielders and keepers.

The hitter stands close to the Katchet board and aims to hit the ball from the bat onto the board at a relatively consistent pace.

Sounds easy eh?

Practice makes perfect, trust me on that!

My first focus in this practice is to hit the board with as many hits as I could. I actually failed on one occasion at the outset of the video yet because it was the only "miss", Tom perceived it to be part of the practice rather than feeling that I had made the drill breakdown. While it's important that the keeper can adapt to different challenges yet this cannot be every 3rd strike otherwise the flow of the practice will be impacted the keepers experience will be a negative one.

My second focus was to watch the take itself and to pick up on any technical areas that we could probe or question. I often keep a video running so Tom and I can review after a round of 20 balls to see what worked well and what could be sharpened up in the next round.

Standing up drill outcomes

We got some highly realistic deflections in the session off the Katchet and the stumps. The deflections are random and Tom coped well with all that was thrown at him.

The secret to Tom's success is his starting position and posture. He managed to maintain excellent posture throughout the session which provided him with foundation to power and speed to move his catching area to the ball. This posture has taken a lot of work over the past 2 years so it was good for Tom to see this stand up to stress-testing within this drill.

Tom has excellent hip and shoulder rotational ability. He can separate his hip and shoulder girdles very easily and this helps him to ride the smaller deflections inside the line of his body and to open up for a one handed take when the ball deflects significantly.

Tom stretched the realms of possibility with a couple of those wider, fast takes. We saw Sarah Taylor take a brilliant one handed catch up to the stumps in a recent Women’s Ashes series. If we practice under pressure like this with more keepers then can we make such catches more commonplace?

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Video: IPL Talent Scout Reveals How To Take One Chance To Become A Cricketer

In this exclusive video, IPL Talent Scout and Academy Coach Monty Desai reveals how he deals with so many requests for one chance, and how you as a player can take that chance by showing your skills at trials.

Watch the video here:

If you can't see the video, click here.

The message is clear: If you are a good player there are chances that you can take, and good coaches who will show you if you have what it takes to become a cricketer.

For more Monty Desai inner-circle advice, skills, drills, tactics and ideas on becoming a cricketer, click here.

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The World's Biggest Guide To Timing The Cricket Ball

It was a league match and we had just taken a wicket. A kid of about 15 came out looking nervous, as they often do. I reckon it was one of his first senior cricket games because he looked like a fish out of water.

He was small for his age anyway, and this was exacerbated by the wide framed men that stood around the bat. Our spinner was on. They were sharks circling their prey waiting for the slightest mistake.

He scratched around for a while and we soon came to the conclusion he was not going to last long. That was until he got a half volley on leg stump. He unleashed one of the finest on drives I have seen. The ball raced to the long boundary in a blur.

It's a scene that you can see at every level of cricket all over the world.

Why it is that seemingly 'weak' players like that kid can hit the ball so hard?

Cricket Show S6 Episode 11: From The Streets Of Pakistan

Mark Garaway talks to David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery about helping young cricketers who develop at different rates before moving onto a technical analysis of a young bowler from Pakistan with a some questions about the legality of his action, and how to bowl faster.


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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: 2015-03-20