August 26, 2010

Reading the bowler

Keep an eye on the point of release, the wrist, the position of the seam and more
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The replay comes up in slo-mo for us to get a closer look: Brett Lee runs in and bowls a short-pitched delivery at 150kph. Sachin Tendulkar seems to have all the time in the world to get into the right position - he goes back and across and plays it right under his eyes. The pace at which the TV camera reruns it makes it look a cakewalk, an everyday shot, but the batsman gets only a fraction of a second to judge, decide and execute. What is it that enables the likes of Sachin to tweak their responses and plan their shots?

Let me break it down further for you. At the point of release a batsman must ascertain the line and the length of the delivery, must weigh his options with regards to his response (attacking or defensive) and then move quickly to get his body into the right position to execute the option chosen. One of the principles of batting is to be prompt and to be in a position to receive the ball, as against arriving at the same time as the ball, because that is invariably too late. The quicker the bowler, the less time you have in hand to act. If the batsman fails to get his calculations right in time, he is most likely doomed. Unlike against slower bowlers, with whom you may have a second chance.

Judging the length and line
If judging the length and line early makes batting relatively more easy and effective, failure to do so puts the batsman at a disadvantage.

To judge the length, the batsman must watch the point of release of the delivery. The earlier the release, the fuller the ball, which in effect means that if the bowler delivers the ball at the first point of release, it would result in a beamer. Every subsequent delay in release would mean a reduction in the length, with the bouncer being the last point of release. That's the reason every batsman is taught to be ready for the full ball first, because that's the first possibility; if the bowler passes that point of release without delivering, the mind starts sending the body signals to be prepared to go on the back foot.

Batsmen around the world are brought up playing bowlers with high-arm actions and hence their minds are attuned to trying to ascertain the length by looking at the point of release. But if you're up against someone like Lasith Malinga or Shaun Tait, both of whom have slinging, round-arm actions, it's simply not possible to know the length for sure at the time of the delivery, as there is always a doubt about whether the release was early or delayed. The angle at which the arm comes down leaves a lot to the imagination; unfortunately, though, there isn't much time to imagine at their pace.

Another important aspect that influences the ability to judge length is the position of the batsman's head in his stance. Ideally the head should be still and the eyes level to be able to judge the length correctly. If the head is tilted upwards, even slightly, all deliveries might seem short-pitched.

Next comes the line. Batsmen try to keep a close eye on the bowler's wrist at the point of delivery and the position of the wrist with regards to the crease. In the case of a fast bowler, the tilt of the wrist may help send the ball in the direction in the direction it is tilted towards. When Ishant Sharma's wrist tilts towards the on side, you're more or less sure the ball will swing in to the right hander. This isn't foolproof, though, especially when the ball is reverse-swinging. Waqar Younis used to keep the wrist completely upright, or even slightly tilted towards the off side, while making the ball dip in to the batsman.

Wrist position is a good giveaway when it comes to reading spinners, many of whom cock their wrists to bowl topspinners. Similarly, the back of a legspinner's hand will usually face the batsman when he tries to bowl a googly. These variations are subtle but if observed and decoded accurately, they can help the batsman.

Makhaya Ntini's wide-of-the-crease action gave away the angle of his stock deliveries, which came in to the right-hander, while Glenn McGrath's close-to-the-stumps action ensured the ball stayed on a well-defined line around the off stump. An offspinner will usually prefer to come in close to the stumps to bowl the topspinner or floater.

While the wrists and the action will give you clues, keeping a still head in the stance, almost in line with the toes, is vital to your ability to judge line correctly as a batsman. The moment the head starts falling over, the lines get blurred - a problem Rohit Sharma is facing at the moment. Since his head is falling over, he's either chasing balls that should be left alone (in the first ODI against New Zealand) or finding the ball finishing in line with the front pad instead of in line with the downswing of his bat. From there on it's just a matter of when and not if he misses one.

Swing and drift
Batsmen also try to look at the way the bowler has gripped the ball, with regards to the position of his fingers and the orientation of the shiny surface. When bowling a slower one McGrath would hold the ball with his index and middle fingers split wide apart; Lee while doing similar would hold the ball deep in his hand. Zaheer Khan often bowls with his fingers across the seam, which tells you to be ready for a straight delivery because the ball won't swing unless the seam is upright.

One of the principles of batting is to be prompt and to be in a position to receive the ball, as against arriving at the same time as the ball, because that is invariably too late

The shiny surface, if visible, often gives away the direction in which the ball will move in the air. For instance, an offspinner's drift can be read by looking at which way the shiny part of the ball faces. If the ball is swinging conventionally, it will drift into the right-hander if the shiny side is outside, and vice versa. Keeping the shine facing the palm not only takes the ball away in the air, it also makes it skid after pitching, as the ball lands on the shiny side. Obviously, looking at the shine doesn't help much if you're up against the likes of Muralitharan, or someone who prefers to bowl with a scrambled seam.

Leg position
Once the line is deciphered, a batsman will mostly try to keep the front leg outside the line of the ball. For a right-hander the front leg must stay leg side of the ball. If the leg is not in the appropriate position, the bat will never come down straight, and you might end up playing across in front of your pads. Also, keeping the leg outside the line is mandatory to maintain good balance, or else you risk falling over.

There is a good chance, though, that these lines will get blurred when the ball's swinging or spinning too much. Murali and Warne have wreaked havoc because batsmen were never sure of the amount of turn off the surface while facing them. What started out seeming the correct place to plant the front foot often proved incorrect in the end. It's the same when the ball is reverse-swinging. Haven't we seen Waqar and Wasim hit people on the toes umpteen times?

Things are slightly more manageable on the back foot, because not only does the short ball give a little more time to adjust, it also doesn't swing as much.

The role bounce plays
Tall bowlers with high-arm actions, like McGrath, Ambrose, Kumble and so on, tend to generate more bounce than their round-arm, slingy counterparts like Malinga or Ajit Agarkar. While tall bowlers get consistent high bounce, it also often misleads the batsman into playing on the back foot, even to balls that are meant to be played on the front foot; this results in them getting trapped in front. On the other hand, bowlers like Malinga and Agarkar pose a different kind of threat - you can never trust the bounce with them. Playing horizontal bat shots and ducking - for both of which you need to be able to trust the bounce - are difficult while facing these bowlers. You have to tell yourself to be on the front foot, even if the length and pace are pushing you back, and also to play with a vertical bat as much as possible, to make up for the lack of bounce.

Then there's the rare breed of freakish actions, which take a while to make sense of. Remember Paul Adams and how he took the world by storm initially? He was bowling normal chinamen and wrong'uns but batsmen were hopelessly caught in the flurry of limbs. Such actions are a batsman's nightmare when you're up against them for the first time. Your brain will eventually find ways to look for certain nuances to decode the mystery. That's why it's important for these bowlers to keep evolving, because once the novelty wears off, they become easy pickings.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Beyond the Blues, an account of the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • cool_engineer on August 29, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Oh common guys LARA so often got bold & lbw of yorkers...........every time fast ball would come at his stumps it would hit his pads bcz lara would have been too late on his short bcz of his bad habbit of shuffling across his stumps nad his way too complicated bat lift ...........Lara was 3 times plumb in front during but not given lbw courtesy umpires during his 400 runs epic.........................

    All that lara scored was against spinners bcz his footwork was amazing against spinners.............all his test carrer runs are against Murli and Warne that is why mpurli rightly calls him best player of spin...........

  • vismorkel on August 28, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    @ahmadsaleem.....to be bundled out under 100 at home??........do u know that proteas got bowled out for 86 just a year before india got bowled out for76 at home...........they were bowled out for 86 in johannesburg & guess who bowled them out for 86..........it was india..........& sometimes u get caught unaware of the conditions in your own backyard............just like aussies were caught off guard in sydney test last year but they were still good enough to win that test match........thanks to kamran's messy keeping by droppin hussey three times................

  • Sach_is_Life on August 28, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    @ W's are AWESOME..there is no doubt abt it..and many Indians( almost 90%) luv them..especially Wasim..Infact he was one of my fav fast bowler (after Donald) ...But I've never seen 'em make SRT struggle. I dont know wat some of them are talking..Out of 12 innings SRT faced Wasim,Wasim got him once and same 4 Waqar..even in ODIs, 3 out of 24 for Wasim and 3 out of 23 for Waqar..where as Wasim got Lara twice out of 13 times and Waqar got him thrice in 11 innings..In test matches where as In odis, waqar got him 6 times in 30 matches and Wasim got him 7 times out of 33. Now you know why Wasim rates Sachin higher than Lara..and i also know why some of my neighbors like Lara and rates Lara higher than Sachin..But I dont know why cant they check Stastguru b4 commenting..!

  • SRAM20 on August 27, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Good one Akash! Lots of interesting valuable tips for upcoming batsmen. Regarding questions of why you could'nt implement them yourself, you came to know of all this while playing cricket in India and for India. So you have acquired all this knowledge through experience. Also for a successful implementation of these techniques, you need to have a very sharp mind and have great determination. Its not everybody's cup of tea. But for acquiring this knowledge, you dont need all that and thats what Akash has done. I guess Akash will be a good coach for the kids who aspire to be cricketers.

  • on August 27, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Good to have some part of the swing when the fast baller release the ball(i hope "Yuvraj sing" is using this technique.)

  • CricFan24 on August 27, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    If you ask ANY great modern day fast bowler...From Akram, Donald, Brett lee etc i.e the Real fast bowlers (not the medium pacers like Mcgrath) i.e around 90 mph they will ALL say Tendulkar is by far the Best. Inzi and Lara will not even come into the picture. As rgds spinners some like Warne and Saqlain will say Tendulkar, some like Murali will say Lara. It is only the narrow minded , jealous folks from certain countries who continously try to run Tendulkar down- but in the process only reveal their own shortcomings.

  • jamie15 on August 27, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Akash's record as a player should have no bearing on his ability to coach - here he is giving what to many should be a valuable insight into elite cricket and its validity is being questioned because he hasn't got the record of a Sachin or Lara - svasudevan is correct - please lets not fall into the archaic mind set that coaches must be, or must have been, great players - many great players in a variety of sports have failed to improve or even engage elite and non elite sports people.

    Great article Akash, thank you.

  • nivek123 on August 27, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    @AhmadSaleem.. Its a well known fact that among Sachin and Lara, Sachin was the better player of pace and Lara the better player of spin. And about the 2 W's , yes they were amazing bowlers, but both of them took Sachin's wicket only once each. He has scored 1 century against and in matches involving then' he averages 40 if you look at statsguru. Lara clearly flopped against them with average under 30 and no century in matches involving them. Cheers.

  • on August 27, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Although Indian Batsman have a outstanding record against Australia but when it comes to India against Pakistan, then u can see the difference, Sachin having Avg of only 42 against Pakistan, with only 2 hundreds which is not a good record, but his class shows that he is a great player of ODI but not in test, avg of 56 in test doesn't mean he is ever best. i think Lara was the better than sachin, his batting style was awesome and he scored many runs against the Australia.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 27, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    @Chestnutgrey: Now again another Indian has considered it on the attack on the dignity of their country. Read my previous two comments. Anyways, let me tell you one thing more if you have forgotten. THE STRONGEST BATTING LINE of world was bundled out by proteas at 76 in their backyard just two years ago. Has any other country bettered this feat in recent years?? To be bundled out under 100 at home. Surely you wont answer it

  • cool_engineer on August 29, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    Oh common guys LARA so often got bold & lbw of yorkers...........every time fast ball would come at his stumps it would hit his pads bcz lara would have been too late on his short bcz of his bad habbit of shuffling across his stumps nad his way too complicated bat lift ...........Lara was 3 times plumb in front during but not given lbw courtesy umpires during his 400 runs epic.........................

    All that lara scored was against spinners bcz his footwork was amazing against spinners.............all his test carrer runs are against Murli and Warne that is why mpurli rightly calls him best player of spin...........

  • vismorkel on August 28, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    @ahmadsaleem.....to be bundled out under 100 at home??........do u know that proteas got bowled out for 86 just a year before india got bowled out for76 at home...........they were bowled out for 86 in johannesburg & guess who bowled them out for 86..........it was india..........& sometimes u get caught unaware of the conditions in your own backyard............just like aussies were caught off guard in sydney test last year but they were still good enough to win that test match........thanks to kamran's messy keeping by droppin hussey three times................

  • Sach_is_Life on August 28, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    @ W's are AWESOME..there is no doubt abt it..and many Indians( almost 90%) luv them..especially Wasim..Infact he was one of my fav fast bowler (after Donald) ...But I've never seen 'em make SRT struggle. I dont know wat some of them are talking..Out of 12 innings SRT faced Wasim,Wasim got him once and same 4 Waqar..even in ODIs, 3 out of 24 for Wasim and 3 out of 23 for Waqar..where as Wasim got Lara twice out of 13 times and Waqar got him thrice in 11 innings..In test matches where as In odis, waqar got him 6 times in 30 matches and Wasim got him 7 times out of 33. Now you know why Wasim rates Sachin higher than Lara..and i also know why some of my neighbors like Lara and rates Lara higher than Sachin..But I dont know why cant they check Stastguru b4 commenting..!

  • SRAM20 on August 27, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Good one Akash! Lots of interesting valuable tips for upcoming batsmen. Regarding questions of why you could'nt implement them yourself, you came to know of all this while playing cricket in India and for India. So you have acquired all this knowledge through experience. Also for a successful implementation of these techniques, you need to have a very sharp mind and have great determination. Its not everybody's cup of tea. But for acquiring this knowledge, you dont need all that and thats what Akash has done. I guess Akash will be a good coach for the kids who aspire to be cricketers.

  • on August 27, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Good to have some part of the swing when the fast baller release the ball(i hope "Yuvraj sing" is using this technique.)

  • CricFan24 on August 27, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    If you ask ANY great modern day fast bowler...From Akram, Donald, Brett lee etc i.e the Real fast bowlers (not the medium pacers like Mcgrath) i.e around 90 mph they will ALL say Tendulkar is by far the Best. Inzi and Lara will not even come into the picture. As rgds spinners some like Warne and Saqlain will say Tendulkar, some like Murali will say Lara. It is only the narrow minded , jealous folks from certain countries who continously try to run Tendulkar down- but in the process only reveal their own shortcomings.

  • jamie15 on August 27, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Akash's record as a player should have no bearing on his ability to coach - here he is giving what to many should be a valuable insight into elite cricket and its validity is being questioned because he hasn't got the record of a Sachin or Lara - svasudevan is correct - please lets not fall into the archaic mind set that coaches must be, or must have been, great players - many great players in a variety of sports have failed to improve or even engage elite and non elite sports people.

    Great article Akash, thank you.

  • nivek123 on August 27, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    @AhmadSaleem.. Its a well known fact that among Sachin and Lara, Sachin was the better player of pace and Lara the better player of spin. And about the 2 W's , yes they were amazing bowlers, but both of them took Sachin's wicket only once each. He has scored 1 century against and in matches involving then' he averages 40 if you look at statsguru. Lara clearly flopped against them with average under 30 and no century in matches involving them. Cheers.

  • on August 27, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Although Indian Batsman have a outstanding record against Australia but when it comes to India against Pakistan, then u can see the difference, Sachin having Avg of only 42 against Pakistan, with only 2 hundreds which is not a good record, but his class shows that he is a great player of ODI but not in test, avg of 56 in test doesn't mean he is ever best. i think Lara was the better than sachin, his batting style was awesome and he scored many runs against the Australia.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 27, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    @Chestnutgrey: Now again another Indian has considered it on the attack on the dignity of their country. Read my previous two comments. Anyways, let me tell you one thing more if you have forgotten. THE STRONGEST BATTING LINE of world was bundled out by proteas at 76 in their backyard just two years ago. Has any other country bettered this feat in recent years?? To be bundled out under 100 at home. Surely you wont answer it

  • AhmadSaleem on August 27, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    @Ali Butt. Definitely Lara but not Inzi. Inzi was good as anyone at his day but he was not consistent enough

  • Chestnutgrey on August 27, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Most Indians have got excellent test records against Australia. Sadly, our other neighborly greats like Inzy, Yousuf, Younis, Mahela and Jayasuriya don't have that. When one writes comments on Sachin's ordinary batting performance, one must take this intro consideration as well as below hundred innings scores twice in the same test against Australia (at Sharjah of all places) and poor performance against Warne. Tra la la.

  • on August 27, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    ST is good player but could not be rated best against genuine fast bowlers. I would rate Lara and Inzamam much higher than Sachin against fast bowling.

  • svasudevan on August 27, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    @ those questions as to why Aakash couldn't implement all these techniques himself.. He is a good coach; he knows the right things to do; but to do that all by himself, you need to have natural talents; not all great coaches are great players themselves. So, players should use his advise and tips and not question why he didn't follow those.

  • RomanNoseJob on August 27, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    Aakash, how many times have you faced Malinga? I only ask because you mention him a fair bit in your columns, usually as someone who's extremely difficult to play (you're article on bouncers for example) have you face him and struggled particularly or are you just objectively assessing his threat?

  • on August 27, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Well Like others, I also wonder what Akash Chopra did in his career. Talking is very easy boy, doing it is what need guts/skills

  • Maestro_bats on August 26, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Somebody here mentioned that Aakash himself hasn't managed to apply techniques that he mentions here. Aakash was a brilliant opener and couldnt sustain for long as he was axed now and then thanks to other brilliant batsmen in Indian Team. He has played only 10 test matches and then he was never considered as an opener again. To succeed in such a short burst as an opener(with other great talents like Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag, Gambhir + good bastmen like Wasim Jaffer, Sadagopan Ramesh, Shiv Sunder Das) is an extremely difficult task and I would say Aakash did well for the time he was with the Indian Team. He can be a great asset for future players. His articles clearly prove that he's a great learner and very passionate about cricket.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 26, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    @svinodmenon: Certainly we havent produced a batsman of Sachins class but we have had legends like Miandad ,Hanif, Zahir, Inzi, Malik and now Yousuf. In my previous comment I was talking about 2 Ws

  • AhmadSaleem on August 26, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    @spprivate. He have just two good innings as I have mentioned earlier. You can take help from statsguru

  • svinodmenon on August 26, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    @ Faisal....That's the reason why pak doesn't have batting legends. lol. Have you watched Tendulkar sending bowler back when there was a slight disturbance in the side screen. The best point is that Tendulkar was never troubled by a bowler for a long time. He played well against the bowlers whom he played some amount of cricket. Even Ricky pointing have a big disadvantage of playing against quickest bowlers. I mean a bowler who can bowl 150 kmph +. All of them troubled him. But not Sachin. I am not telling that Sachin is the only best, but he is far ahead in ways of technique. In future he will he called amoung legend.

  • on August 26, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    I want to know from Akash about Sehwag's approach to batting?

  • spprivate on August 26, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Faisal Khan I guess you forgot how Sachin toyed Wasim in Chennai and as opener in onedays.Agreed W&W were the best in business ,that doesnt mean Sachin is below.Check the you tube for the straight drives in Chennai test where Wasim was clueless.Infact he toyed Imran Quadir and Wasim in in maiden series itself.Wake up boy

  • on August 26, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    I just fail to understand what mr. Faisal Khan wants to say. Can he not see the record of sachin against pakistan in pakistan away pakistan or in one day cricket or in test cricket . I do not see any two batsman from pakistan combined scoreing as many runs as sachin has scored against austraila . I think it is around more than 5000 . Oh dear how many pakistan batsman have reached that landmark .

    I think Australians had and have good bowling attack . as the likes of Lee , Gelapsy , Macgrath , Tait and so on

  • AhmadSaleem on August 26, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    @ Faisal Khan. Spot on mate. My comment wasnt published earlier. @gizza: tendulkar averages 40 against Pakistan which is inflated after retirement of 2 Ws and he has only two good innings against them. His average against Pakistan before 2003 was below 30. I dont think you have watched enough of Wasim. Dont you remember the dismissal of Dravid? Wasim was a great reader of batsman`s mind. Not so sure about Waqar but why do you need to be if you can swing the ball a mile at 95 mph consistently. May be Tendulkar reads spin well.

  • on August 26, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    @Gizza, LOL! Tendulkar played one good innings in 2003 WC against Pak bowlers, and that makes him good reader of the bowlers hahaha, what about the decade before that, he was not even in the scheme of things for Pak bowlers as he was no threat. The Two Ws were sheer unmatched talent and did not need to read batsmen as they could bowl so much variety, the bolwers who do not have variety rely on reaing the batsmen!!!

  • sytofern on August 26, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Superb article about batting, Inshallah I will do same

    That would increase my batting ability

    Thanks Aakash

  • on August 26, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Dear Kash, Did you ever use these techniques? All your articles about how to be a great batsman are great but why couldn't you prosper in Indian Cricket? Its always been a question in my mind.

  • knowledge_eater on August 26, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Great piece once again, very good comments from Gizza, I agree with him, People have no idea sitting inside home how fast this pacy deliveries are. Practicing with machine might just improve your reflexes, but it doesn't prove that you will ace while facing the same pace or even lesser pace bowler. Also I would like to add one more in freakish action list remember Dabbashish Mohanti. hahaha he was rotating both arms pretty much same time. Also Tanvir he has mediocre speed but being left handed and releasing bowl before foot is touched to ground, see he got lots of wicket in his early career. So, I agree only the most Evolved batsman survive for long time in career. They adjust themselves and eventually come out top against them. Who is the most evolved batsman I have seen in my life time ? The guy who played 90% his shots in his on side in one of the whole test match ! and the guy who can score runs on offside with 7 fielders standing and that without Slashing it rather guiding it!

  • EXRampage on August 26, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Superb article...Please keep posting such articles...Thanks a lot Aakash

  • batusai666 on August 26, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Well done Aakash. I will add this one near the top of my archived tutorials. Hopefully i can implement this, as well as some of your previously brilliant articles to my cricket next season. Maybe then I can justify my place in the team! :)

  • Jan on August 26, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Excellent article!! Hope Rohit Sharma reads this and correct himself befor the world cup. Just wonder whether whatever you have mentioned holds good for left handed bowlers as well....

  • Gizza on August 26, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Great stuff Akash. Of course it is also important to know that all of the best bowlers can read the batsman. That's what made the Shane Warne vs Tendulkar the best battle I've ever seen. Tendulkar may not have triple centuries or a good average against South Africa but among his generation he is the best reader of bowlers. And Shane Warne is the best reader of batsmen. Murali is accurate and had awesome variation but he wasn't a reader. Neither were Waqar and Wasim. They bowled unplayable balls but they never outsmarted the batsman like McGrath (who bowled simply but could fool the batsman). That's why in the 03 WC match Tendulkar SO easily predicted how the Paks were gonna bowl. Wide ball, leg side bouncer, too full next time. Even now Lara, Sehwag, Ponting have good eyes and may be even time it better but Tendulkar just waits OR if against a spinner charges in the direction where he knows the bowler will bowl (eg. Hauritz in the near 200).

    Warne and Tendulkar: The cricket psychics.

  • SajinVarghese on August 26, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Nice to see the article,i wish i could have read this during my childhood days,please continue to publish such articles

  • on August 26, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Thnaks GoD! he's not playing cricket

  • kshitijsalve on August 26, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Superb article yet again.

  • on August 26, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Yet another insightful article by Aakash. Keep it up, bro! And the "flurry of limbs" description of Adams' action was hilarious :))

  • on August 26, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    nice article aakash,gud one....the problem with rohit sharma is not only with the head even his footwork and @ times he is very slow to react and seems very unfit, lazy and with grumpy attitude aswell....when SL and pak can produce naturally gifted bowlers why cant india produce good bowlers like malinga,murali,asif,amir?? think every young player in india wants to be become a batsman they dont fancy a future in bowling.

  • Sunil.T.N on August 26, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    A very good article.A lot of information that is usually not available to the general public. In spite of all this information at your side you should still be extremely talented to play international cricket or even at club levels. Prashant's comments are unwarranted.

    The fact Aakash Chopra was not an extremely good player does not take away anything from his writing. He is doing an extremely good job as a writer. It will be foolish to ask the designer of a formula 1 racing car to take it to the limit.

  • Nuxxy on August 26, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Paul Adams major problem was that he kept bowling 1 bad ball an over, which released the pressure on the batsmen. It was never an action that was going to last, but he does get an honorable mention for being South Africa's only attacking spinner ever.

  • on August 26, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    not easy to implement..it requires a lot of practice..

  • fan_of_india on August 26, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Nice article Akash!!!I like every article of yours.Your articles are equally usefull to all the cricketers who are playing cricket professionally or for fun.

  • devenmakesar on August 26, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    very good article akash, its shame you didnt apply that when playing for india, all the best though and keep on writinng such articles, and many thanks. dev

  • on August 26, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Brilliant article.One of the best i have read.

  • n33mo on August 26, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    yupp nice one...but it would have been excellent if bowler's wrong foot release was mentioned, like Sohail Tanveer!

  • krishys76 on August 26, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Excellent article; this clearly shows writers who have played highest level of cricket have lot more to offer compared to other writers.

    I was also hurt seeing the comment made by Prashant Srivatsava, although it was in good jest. I would like to tell you that everybody cannot be Sachin but just to play at the international level requires so much talent and hard work. Let us not trivialize this; just to stand still when somebody is bowling at 90 MPH takes lot of courage.

  • smalishah84 on August 26, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    very nice article........I wish I had come across this when I was a youngster :(...........

  • Run4 on August 26, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Very nice article... and now I know why I was never a good batsman.

  • gmoturu1 on August 26, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    great article....................

  • on August 26, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Brilliant article. Good read.

    Only if Aakash implemented these when he had the chance in the team. :)

  • on August 26, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    I think batsmen like Afridi do not care about all this over the head stuff, if afridi were to read and understand this article which btw is very well written, he will become a more dangerous of a batsman

  • on August 26, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Excellent !!! Something very useful and insightful !!! Aakash is the man.

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  • on August 26, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Excellent !!! Something very useful and insightful !!! Aakash is the man.

  • on August 26, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    I think batsmen like Afridi do not care about all this over the head stuff, if afridi were to read and understand this article which btw is very well written, he will become a more dangerous of a batsman

  • on August 26, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Brilliant article. Good read.

    Only if Aakash implemented these when he had the chance in the team. :)

  • gmoturu1 on August 26, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    great article....................

  • Run4 on August 26, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Very nice article... and now I know why I was never a good batsman.

  • smalishah84 on August 26, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    very nice article........I wish I had come across this when I was a youngster :(...........

  • krishys76 on August 26, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Excellent article; this clearly shows writers who have played highest level of cricket have lot more to offer compared to other writers.

    I was also hurt seeing the comment made by Prashant Srivatsava, although it was in good jest. I would like to tell you that everybody cannot be Sachin but just to play at the international level requires so much talent and hard work. Let us not trivialize this; just to stand still when somebody is bowling at 90 MPH takes lot of courage.

  • n33mo on August 26, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    yupp nice one...but it would have been excellent if bowler's wrong foot release was mentioned, like Sohail Tanveer!

  • on August 26, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Brilliant article.One of the best i have read.

  • devenmakesar on August 26, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    very good article akash, its shame you didnt apply that when playing for india, all the best though and keep on writinng such articles, and many thanks. dev