How to Bowl an Outswinger in Cricket
The outswinger is one of cricket’s best attacking deliveries to both baffle and oust batsmen. In general, swing bowls utilize both the position of the ball’s seam and the varying smoothness of either side; the rougher side will encounter greater air resistance, which will make the ball swing in a particular direction as it travels through the air. When pitched by a right-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman, an out swing will make the ball curve toward the bowler’s left as it approaches the opposing batsman, increasing the likelihood that, when hit, the ball will be caught by either the bowler's fellow wicket-keeper or slip fielders.
Preparing the Ball
Select a relatively young ball.Aerodynamics play a crucial role in swing bowls, and the longer a ball has been in use, the more its surface changes over time. Balls that have been in use for 20 years or more tend to effect a “reverse swing,” which means that the technique used to pitch a natural outswinger may result in an inswinger instead.
Choose one side of the ball to polish.The primary seam of a cricket ball runs along the ball’s center, creating two halves. Polishing one half will decrease air resistance on that side, causing the ball to swing in the direction of its other, rougher side when thrown.
Apply spit or sweat to the polished side.Rub it in with your trousers. Repeat frequently throughout the game, in between each delivery.
Inform your teammates as to which side is which to ensure consistency.Encourage them to shine the ball further while it’s in their possession during the match.
Gripping the Ball
Angle the seam toward the slips.Rather than keeping the primary seam vertical, it should be angled slightly away from the batter.
Hold the ball with the polished side facing the batsman, or their “leg side.” The aim of the out swing is to force the batsman to strike the ball away from his body, on his “off side.” Since the ball will swing in the direction of its rough side, grip the ball with the rough half facing the batsman’s off side.
Grip the ball with your thumb along the seam on the bottom.Spread your index and middle fingers slightly apart from each other along the seam on top.
Aim the seam at your first or second slip fielder.The ball will swing wherever you aim the seam, so angling the seam away from the batsman, at a 15-20º toward the slips, will send the ball towards them instead of directly at the batsman.
Running up to Bowl
Allow plenty of distance for your run-up.More distance will allow you to build momentum for a powerful delivery.
Face your target.Your body’s momentum will instinctively follow the direction in which your head is aimed. Hold your head steady with your eyes fixed on your target.
Balance your run.Speed alone can deliver a powerful bowl, but a steady rhythm helps, too. Keep your speed consistent and your motions fluid, balanced, and relaxed.
Increase your strides as you near the batsman.Run straight in like an athlete as you approach the stump.
Bowling the Ball
Bowl close to the stump.Once bowled, the ball should ideally begin to swing late in its delivery. Decrease the distance between yourself and the batsman before you bowl to ensure that the ball doesn’t swing too soon.
Tempt the batsman to play the ball.Aim at either the stump itself or very close to it.
Focus on your front arm.Keep it high at first. Then, as you bowl, pull it straight down, close to your body. This will keep the front of your body clear for your bowling arm to follow through after the ball’s release.
Release the ball.Pitch it while your bowling arm is still high. When you release the ball, angle your wrist down and across the ball toward the slips. Follow through by bringing your bowling arm down across your body so that your fingers touch your other armpit.
QuestionHow do I control the ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFocus where you want the ball and try to keep your eyes straight onto your target. Remember, never try to pull your body for bowling, keep it in a rhythm. Also, try to take your run up in a straight line and keep your action in a rhythm.Thanks!
QuestionShould there be any movement in the fingers while releasing the ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, the fingers should never move during the delivery of an outswinger. If that happens, it destabilises the seam position. When you release the ball, snap your wrist. If you want to see how this is done, check Wasim Akram in videos, as he was the best exponent of this technique.Thanks!
QuestionWhy should I bowl an outswinger on off stump?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTo do so helps you in a way that the batsman tends to wants to hit the ball, thus forcing a potential error.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I increase my speed?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerLots and lots of practice. Try taking shorter, quicker steps too rather than long, sweeping strides.Thanks!
QuestionWhich is better: an outswinger or an inswinger?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on whether you're bowling to a left or right batter, and whether you're going for a catch to the wicket keeper/slips or straight for the stumps. If you're bowling to a right hander and want a nick to the slips, then bowl an outswinger and opposite for the wickets. (Same with left handers.) It's also good to change the variety of your pace, placement of the ball, and distance to keep the batting team guessing.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I bowl it to a left-handed batsman?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerKeep the rough side of the ball in the direction of off stump of the batsman.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I outswing an old ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBowl inswing instead. As a result, the ball goes as an outswing, if old.Thanks!
QuestionHow should I hold the ball to swing it properly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerHold the ball along the upright seam, use two fingers for inswing and three fingers for outswing.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I out swing a tennis ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSame as you would in cricket. The above article will provide answers.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make a rough and shiny side in cricket ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStart with a new ball and use it. While using it, shine only one side of the ball and, once you have used the ball enough, you will notice a big difference in the two sides.Thanks!
- When you bowl, try to think about what shot you wish the batsman to play and not just where you wish to put the ball.
- Remember, pace isn't everything; accuracy is what counts. Pace intimidates the batsman, but it also allows different things to happen to the ball.
- With an older ball, the ball will swing into the batsman if you keep the ball in the out-swing position. This is called a reverse swing: a very complex but effective delivery that requires a certain bowling action.
- Before attempting the outswinger, practice throwing the ball with your sole focus on keeping the seam vertical once the ball is released. Once you’ve mastered this, practice aiming your out swing by establishing a target at the approximate distance that a batsman would be upon release of the ball; aim the ball so that it swings through the air toward the target.
- Take the weather into account; conditions that are both hot and dry may reduce a ball’s swing.On cloudy days, the ball will swing more.
- If you’re left-handed and facing a right-handed batsman, you should also bowl an inswinger or reverse swing for the same reason.
- If you’re right-handed and facing a left-handed batsman, bowl an inswinger or reverse swing instead to achieve the same effect. The idea of the out swing is to force the batsman to swing outward, away from their body, toward their “off side.” If they’re left-handed, however, their off side will be to their left.
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