Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cricket Tips Spin Bowling

A leg spin bowler spins the ball from a right handed batsmans leg stump towards their off stump. The bowler grips the ball with the top joint of the index and middle fingers lying on the seam and the third finger bent along it.

As the bowlers arm moves forward the fingers are straightened and the wrist is flicked forwards, with the palm finishing facing downwards. The 3rd finger is the one that imparts most of the spin.

On release of the ball the bowler completes a full swing of the arm, driving through to the opposite hip. Its important to pivot on the ball of the front foot and make the back knee drive through the ball.

Coaching Points

  • Ensure the head remains stationary during the delivery and that the eyes remain focused on the target.
  • A leg spinners run is considerably shorter than a quick bowlers although like a fast bowler the approach needs to be smooth and accelerating to the wicket.

Cricket Bowling Tips….the basic grip

The bowling grip on the ball is the basis of good bowling flight and direction (line and length). The bowling action contributes to the ball flight, but the correct bowling grip is of paramount importance to all bowlers. Obviously, spin bowling has a different grip process and will be covered in another article on “spin bowling grip”.


Hold the ball just with enough pressure that the ball does not fall out of your hand.

Grip the cricket ball with first and second fingers on either side of the seam so that the seam line faces down the target line.

Basic bowling grip

Basic bowling grip

Pic 1

The front on view of the grip on the ball with the seam facing down the target line.

Position the ball to towards the end if your finger tips

Thumb..just off seam

Thumb..just off seam

Pic 2

The under view of the thumb under the ball.

The thumb will rest to one side of the seam allows freedom of ball flight.

Pic 3... direction of seam at point of delivery

Pic 3... direction of seam at point of delivery

Pic 3

The view of the seam at the point of delivery, with the wrist bent to ad back spin on the ball. This gives pace and swing.

Cricket Bowling Line And Length

Whether you are a cricket coach, junior cricket player or a senior cricket player, there is one practice drill all cricket bowlers need to focus on, regularly. As a cricket player you have learnt “HOW” to bowl but not necessary “WHERE” to bowl.


You’ve heard it time and time again, that you need to bowl line and length, but what does it really mean to a young cricket player or a senior player who may have forgotten this holy grail of cricket bowling?


Cricket is a simple game of HITTING TARGETS. The straightest line for a right hand bowler, bowling over the bowlers end stumps, to a right hand batsman, is that imaginary line that runs from the offside bowler’s end stump to the right handed batsman’s offside stump. This is the TARGET line FOR ALL BOWLERS.

Therefore the TARGET LINE is the batsman’s OFF STUMP. Fast bowlers, medium paced bowlers, off-spin bowlers, leg-break bowlers, the TARGET LINE stays the same.


If the bowler’s line stays constant, it’s a simple matter of varying the pace of the ball.

This is known as bowling along the“the corridor of uncertainty” if the bowling length is correct. With the right line and length, it creates uncertainty to the batsman, “do I hit the ball, defend the ball or simply let it go through to the keeper”.