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Hardik enrolled on my course, and had a follow up question:
"I used to spin a ball big, but then I tried to learn the wrong one. So I kept practising but then I lost my leg spin. How do I get that my leg spin back and then learn to bowl wrong one?"
Oh boy. That does not sound good!
It’s a very common thing to happen when leggies lose their leg break when trying to learn how to bowl a wrong ‘un.
The thing that happens is that your body and muscle memory lock into the wrong pattern. Do something for a long time and the movement becomes instinctive.
Practise the wrong ‘un and your body remembers the muscle movements, losing the memory it had for the normal leggie movements.
How to get your leggie back?
You need to go back to basics.
Break your action down all the way to the simplest actions and build it up from there.
Start by just spinning the leggie from one hand to the other. Do this over and over and over. You are trying to teach your muscles to re-form a memory of the actions.
Next step is spinning it hard against a wall. Do not worry about your action. You need to build things slowly. Do not even worry about a straight arm. Just use your wrist action to spin the ball hard against a wall.
After that you move on to standing still in the crease and bowling leggies. No runup yet.
Once you mastered that you can go onto a run-up again.
Take it slowly and carefully. If at any point you find yourself bowling wrong ‘uns you need to go back a step.
Do not advance through the steps if you did not master the leggies at every level.
Trust me, your leggie will come back, although it may take some time.
Once the leg break is back you can carefully try a googly again, but make sure you keep bowling leg breaks and just spend a few minutes in a net session with googly bowling before returning to finish with leg breaks.