The sports scientist in me always look at things from anatomical and movement perspective and it is always very interesting to see the results especially with fast bowlers. Here is another example and I will presenting one more in few days time. Work is on…..

Firstly, how do you think a pace bowler earns pace?

Perhaps via strong glutes and thighs as it is shown in cricket specific training.

But maybe we require more than this.

A bowler gains pace when he:

  • can withdraw max force from the ground – this is determined by his foot angle
  • can push the ground force up with calves – this is determined by calves position vis-a-vis foot
  • can collude the force coming from the ground with force generated by the upper extremity – spine, back, and arm
  • can bring his neck in line with spine which further aligns with his front leg

Ques: How do you train the above elements?

Lot of people hate me for this but I can’t be dishonest with my profession. NO…you can’t make a fast bowler faster with resistance training. Yes, it can break him which is the case with many injuries these days.

Lets see what happens when we correct the above:

a) Front foot position

b) Spine & neck – brings side arm automatically to its place

Result – entire body wanting to propel forward straight in one direction.

Learning: Sometimes we are stressing the wrong elements in lieu of getting momentum and rhythm in fast bowlers. Understanding why you do what you do in an action, identifying the anatomical nuances in those, and then prepare a training to rectify the issues is how I have been training my fast bowlers or athletes in general. It seems to work nicely.

Ques: Who is a better candidate for a bowling coach to hone his bowling skills further?

Second of course. Because he is in the best postural disposition to follow a coaches advise on bowling skills.

Ques: Does he need to continue training to ensure this stays?

YES. Bringing body back in order is 1st step. 2nd step is to mobilise the movement further, develop speed, power etc.

Here is another example:

Look out for arm rotation – in the first, he is only using his arm. In the second, he is using his back together with the arm: