Hi this is Ash on behalf of Expert Village.
In this clip I’m going to tell you how to hold a cricket ball and bowling action. This
is what a cricket ball looks like. This cricket ball is a leather ball. This one is red in
color. But we also have another ball which is whitish in color. Now the red ball, the
leather ball, is typically used in disk matches, which is a five day match format. And the
white ball we are generally seeing this more becoming for use in one day cricket matches
and twenty-twenty cricket. Both these balls as you see, as you notice, these are two piece
balls. You see a piece here, and a piece here which is being joined together by the threads
here. And this you can notice in both the leather balls. Typically, or rather I should
say we use only the leather balls in the cricket format at the international level. Though
for domestic or for other cricket, you may also have other versions of the ball, which
is like a tennis ball maybe or a rubber ball. But for international cricket, these are the
kind of balls we use. Let’s go to the bowling stance. Let me tell you something about the
pitch. From the bowling area to the batting area, it’s a twenty-two feet distance. This
twenty-two feet distance is known as a pitch. So you bowl from the bowling stumps. These
area the stumps. So these three together, collectively, are known as stumps. You have
stumps at the batting end, and you also have stumps at the bowling end. And as I told you
earlier, the distance between these two sets of stumps is twenty-two feet. So let’s assume
this is the bowling end and I would show you how to have a bowling stance and a bowling
action. Now for bowling, you need to have a run up. Now this run up would vary, depending
upon whether you want to bowl a spin ball or you want to have a fast ball. We will come
to fast and spin ball at a later state. Let me first show you how a bowler at a, I would
say a decent about eight to ten feet run up, bowl a delivery. So let’s see here. Now this
is how a bowler comes and his, what you notice here is that his hands here are perpendicular
to his shoulder. This is actually facing the batsman there, and this is a very critical
stance. The head is straight. You need to keep your head straight. There should not
be any head movement here. As you would notice, his feet, his left feet would be going forward.
There is a crease which is about three feet from the stumps. His left foot, assuming he
is a right hand bowler, his left foot would be in this crease, his right foot would be
behind and then his arm slowly and gradually comes like this and then there’s a follow
through action, which is like this. So the ball actually kind of goes like this. And
then he walks away out of the crease. Now let’s see how the ball is bowled at real time.
Now this is how it looks like at real time.