Sports for students: Want to Bowl Faster?
Perhaps the most common question asked by young fast bowlers is “how can I
bowl faster? Everyone wants to bowl faster and in most cases everyone can
bowl faster by following a few basic principles. However, the real
challenge is to improve speed without sacrificing control and any current
strength you have as a bowler whether it is swinging the ball, getting some
extra bounce or the ability to bowl cutters. Here are some of the things
that can help you bowl quicker and as with all good things these will take
time to master but if you are patient and work hard on them, you will bowl
quicker and at the same time stay healthy.
One I thing I have noticed as a bowler is that when I have “good rhythm” or
when I have the feeling of being “in the zone”, I bowl faster without the
feeling of having to try harder. Michael Kasprowicz once said to me that
the quickest he bowled was when he was the most relaxed. The point I am
trying to make is that trying too hard to bowl fast causes unnecessary
tension in the body and restricts your movement and ability to produce
force. Being relaxed, feeling comfortable and getting to the point of
delivery with good momentum is crucial to being able to transfer power and
speed towards the target.
Slight Lean Forward
Try to have a slight lean forward while running in to bowl. This helps to
create a nice build up of speed to the crease and helps create a smooth,
efficient jump in to the crease.
Pull the Batters Collar Towards your Rib Cage
We started using the coaching cue “pull the collar ” which we learnt from
Ian Pont of Mavericks Cricket. Most people use the ‘toilet chain” cue
which gets bowlers to pull up and down. This pull down of the front arm is
not as effective as a stretch (grab the batters collar) and pull back into
the ribs. The shoulders are connected and should work LATERALLY instead of
VERTICALLY to be the most efficient.
Driving through the Crease
Having strong legs and knowing how to use them well is essential to not
only bowl quicker but also to ensure that you don’t put extra pressure on
your shoulder and back to generate the extra pace you are looking for.
Driving through the crease from your back leg requires you to push hard off
of your back leg so it comes as close to your chest as possible as you
release the ball. From experience this not only helps you bowl faster but
it will help you to hit the bat harder with some extra bounce. Since
working on my leg drive through the crease, the batsman I have bowled to
have noted that I have been hitting the bat harder.
There are a few drills you can use to develop these mechanics.
Comment_19902: Everyone knew him as a legendary ATG swing bowler, but also, what a great
rizz rizwan: RESPECT !! from a Kiwi-Indian, Never was and will ever be a great bowler
like Wasim in the History of Cricket !! The Era of bowling craftmenship has
ended the day Wasim retired from cricket, the aura of it will never come
Shaf Hussain: To be able to twist your wrist the way Wasim demonstrated would take ALOT
of skill. Impossible to teach. Legend.
rey ahmed: Really amazing video the best and simple way to understand swing watched
many videos on the YouTube but his explaination was simply the best
Us khan: awesome... real legendry swing bowler cricket has produce ever
Tanya Gates: he is King of swing.. I like him so much.. i'm a Sri Lankan..
Praful Sohal: Wasim Akram is the best swing bowler ever. Wish India could use him as a
bowling coach. Legend !!!
Himu Yashiro: man.. im so lost :S i never played cricket before.. except with coke
bottles when i was young aha
saniachoudhari: One of the most attractive player in any sort of sports.
TheDeathbatOfA7X: I watched this, practiced it a bit then applied it to saturday and took
4/17. This helped so much
MadeOf Clay: I grew up watching Wasim play. The greatest bowler ever (imo). How the heck
can you make the ball change direction twice? I've never seen another
bowler able to do that. He was amazing.
Rod Vadas: Do you think Mitchell Johnson learnt in that masterclass how to bring the
ball back??? Nooooooo.
Mohammed Ali: Wasim u r a legend can u teach me
Prabhakar Muthukrishnan: Respect from an Indian fan. Without any doubt the greatest fast bowler
ever. But I doubt whether he can teach his skills to someone else because
he got it readymade from the allmighty. He could do impossible things with
the ball. I doubt whether we can see another Akram. Chances are very remote.
TheHybridlogic: Dude, that's actually kinda controlling the fight between the pakis and the
Amaad Hussain: Thanks so much
harry virk: Wasim bhaaji is a living legend .i saw him in mohali
Dexter Steel: Thank You so much man!
Fareed Mirza: gr8t video so much learned from this legend ..... love waseem bhai
saeedfawad: i hate wasim when he praise indian bowlers.. all know that they are crap
Zulfi Syed: Wasim Akram Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jay Freeman: I hate it when people write "I am Indian and..." or "I am Pakistani and..."
but I guess that's is just what the world has come to. Hate is being spread
vivek martolia: Wasim , Waqar , Imran , Akhtar , Aasif and Aamer .... Pakistan is land of
greatest swing bowlers of all time....... and I am an Indian , from our
side Srinath , Prasad , Agarkar and Zaheer are good bowlers :)
chuck ck: king of swing!
faisal raffaz: my ball naturally swings without any technique because i broke my arm, but
i didnt know what i was doing and balled a lot of wides, but after watching
this video my balling is on point and swings like crazy!
bilal hasan: You are great sir wasim king of swing
hookahpro123: That would be a good idea. And on top of that, India is starting to produce
good bowlers, Bhuveneshwan Kumar being the beginner. :)
muhammad asif Hasan: Wasim is da Boss...
stopaskingtochangemyname: bowled best ball ever to allan lamb in 91 wc final, love watching it
rahimkab: one of the best videos i have seen on youtube explaining how to swing the
Akshay Menon: I Am an Indian and WASIM AKRAM THE BEST BOWLER OF ALL TIME!
shashank Naringrekar: wasim akram best fast swing bowler
abdullah abbasi: Omg
Qasim Abbasi: @rod vadas problem with johnson is he has to swing his wides back from the
boundary edge lol. Tbf he has improved l8ly
amaar iqbal: indian chutiyas wil never ever become good bowlers
Kameenah: he would never tell you all the tricks
stopaskingtochangemyname: best bowler i have ever seen
HAFFIZSAEED: that is impossible to do it only wasim can do it.
Isuru Perera: oh wasim akram you great person!! how i wud like coaching from him
killer77232: everyone loves this guys no one can hate him. he was the best bowler in the
zee7379: If ever a team needed a fast bowling coach then you would pick wasim every
time all the time
santosh Justin: Nice
Prakash S: Swing ka baap kaun !! ?? Wasim Bhai !! Nobody like him ..!!
Gurvijay Gill: What a legend he is, BCCI please make him the eternal bowling coach of
India. Maybe then we will have a chance to produce bowling greats !
Viper'z Venom: Lol YEAAAAaaaa?
atktdc4: go straight to 2:16 guys....
faizan aamer: Amazing bowler
Venkata Gautam: you pakistani bowlers are good for nothing except wasim sir
Chakaravarthy Varun: the moment wasim takes the ball.......!!!!! rest is history.....ecstasy
Wasim Akram on How to Swing the Ball as a Fast Bowler4.8
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