Wednesday, April 27, 2011


The Throwing Grip

Hold the ball across the seam, as this helps generate more back spin on the ball as it travels through the air so that it carries further.

The Throw

  • Take a big stride and establish a strong side-on throwing base, with your lead foot pointing at your target and the back foot at 90 degrees to it. Stay relaxed with your knees bent.
  • Bring your throwing arm back, point with your front arm at or slightly above your target.
  • Keep throwing elbow above shoulder height.
  • As you throw bring your non-throwing arm in towards your body and rotate/push your hips and shoulders through towards your target.
  • Your throwing arm should come through the line of your target as you release the ball.
  • As you throw you should feel a slight weight transfer from the back foot to the front foot, don’t forget to allow your body to follow through naturally once you’ve released the ball.

Aim to always throw the ball above the stumps, ideally to the wicket keeper or bowler on the full (with out bouncing) or with one bounce a few meters in front of the stumps, so that it bounces up above them.

To practice throwing is simply a case of repetitive practice of throwing at the wicket keeper or at a stump or set of stumps (if you’re practicing going for direct hits run out chances). Practice at different ranges and positions on the field.

Also practice under pressure situations. You could have batsmen running between the wickets and you have to field the ball and try to run them out by getting the throw in accurately to the keeper before they complete the run(s). Practicing under pressure will help you a lot when it comes to having to perform in matches, where stopping a single or a two could make the difference between winning and losing.