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A camp to prepare perfect bowlers

J.R. Shridharan
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Teenagers given tips on the art of spin and pace by NCA coach

Fine-tuning: R. Sridhar explaining various aspects of bowling to youngsters at a rectification camp organised at ACA Stadium at Mangalagiri on Sunday. — Photo: V. RAJU
Fine-tuning: R. Sridhar explaining various aspects of bowling to youngsters at a rectification camp organised at ACA Stadium at Mangalagiri on Sunday. — Photo: V. RAJU

For the 20-odd young bowlers of Andhra Cricket Association the rectification camp under the supervision of National Cricket Academy coach R. Sridhar at ACA Stadium at Mangalagiri was an initiative to shape them into quality bowlers – technically.

Mr. Sridhar is here on an invitation from ACA to correct the bowling action of the teenagers and share pertinent inputs in fine-tuning their grey areas.

Mr. Sridhar, along with Mr. Sanjeev Singh, the NCA technical head, is making the youngsters blossom into error-free bowlers with an action that is prescribed in the law books of cricket.

“We have videoed the action of all the bowlers and we sat along with them and analysed. As seeing is believing it would be easy for the boys to understand where there were gong wrong,” Mr. Sridhar pointed out.

“The most important aspect of spin bowling is loading. That is the run up towards the target, which is the batsman. Your total energy should be directed towards the target to achieve the desired result. Your front-foot should be directed towards the batsman and any deviation especially towards fine leg would force the spinner to adjust his delivery which would take the sting out of the delivery,” coach said.

‘Toss it up'

He also went on to stress the significance of tossing the ball up to lure the batsman to play the ball. “Spinners should make the batsman play. Never mind if he goes after them. Bowling flat will not be of much use. They (spinners) should also master a stock ball and around the stock ball, the other five deliveries to revolve to achieve the optimum result,” Mr. Sridhar said.

The NCA coach tied a red tape to two poles and made the spinners to bowl over the tape to enable them to master tossing of the ball.

The coach also drove home the point of spinning the ball in the air. “There are some bowlers who seldom spin and expect the ball to turn off the pitch. Spin and turn can be achieved basing on the ability of the bowler”. He advised the medium pacers on the run-up technique and energy-transferring while delivering the ball. The NCA coaches would submit their recommendations to ACA and in turn ACA with the help of its coaches would implement the corrective measures. ACA coaches J. Krishna Rao, K. Chakradhar Rao, Y.S. Ranganath, P. Hari Babu, BCCI umpire S. Ramakrishna and video analyst V. B. B. Subba Rao are also taking part in the three-day camp.


  • Spinners should flight the ball and make the batsman play, says coach
  • Medium pacers advised on run-up and energy-transfer technique


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