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Cricket - Alternative to baseball but equally fun


The origins of cricket lie somewhere in the Dark Ages – probably after the Roman Empire, almost certainly before the Normans invaded England, and almost certainly somewhere in Northern Europe. All research concedes that the game derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime by which one player served up an object, be it a small piece of wood or a ball, and another hit it with a suitably fashioned club.


Tips on how to play cricket


The Ideal Run

A smooth rhythmic approach towards the stumps gaining momentum all the time. A 20 step run up is advisable and around 6 to 7 steps for a spinner. Ideal position to start the run up is shown here . Start on the left foot with weight forward and eyes focussed on the target. As you get into the last jump, transform your open chested approach into a side on action.

The run up of all bowlers vary, but remember one thing RHYTHM’ is the goal. A good rhyhmic run-up increases a fast bowlers pace & slow bowlers ability to spin the ball. Well balanced & good approach to the stumps helps the bowlers to gain consistency in line & length for long periods without getting tired. Balance and rhythm- 2 important things to concentrate on.



A Good action is where you are looking over your front shoulder, head steady, eyes focussed on the spot where the ball is to be delivered.Finish with the front arm,s elbow in the ribs and the bowling arm on the front thigh.

One should not change his natural action. The orthodox side on action is always advantageous but bring changing bowlers natural action could extreme results. Either bring vast improvements or just ruin the career. It could also bring in serious injuries due to unnatural body movements. Fine tuning is only,what is needed. One tip, always complete your bowling action for best results



It is common to see a more pronounced swing with reverse swing than normal swing. Very important to have a good, basic bowling action,because you need to be quick in the air for best results you need a great body effort. Wrist again firm behind the ball . pushing at the ball to achieve that speed in the air. Crucial here is the direction in which the ball is released because the ball has a big late movement. In case of the incoming delivery .Keep that ball wide outside the off stump so when the swing finishes it should be hitting the stumps. Length must be very full. Waqar Younis is a master of this particular delivery. Of course, needs hard work and skill. But when you have it you have a trump card up your sleeve !


Hold the ball with the vertical seam pointing towards fine leg. The action could get slightly open chested and the front foot toe pointing towards 1st slip.

Accuracy is the most important aspect of the inswinger otherwise results into "easy meat" for the batsman. Mixing up with the outswinger, this delivery becomes very effective to get L.B.Ws. Only bear one thing in mind finish that bowling arm on the back leg.




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