How to be a fast bowler

Your hips command the bowling action.  It is the powerhouse that supply actions required for bowling.

You jump to the crease…

You land with a brace front leg…

The energy rushes and heading up your body…

But, wait…

Before your energy gets into the ball to send it out, it needs to get into your body. This is the place where your hips snap through with ideal timings. Your hips are the first place to prove if you are bowling fast or not. So it is important to learn how to push your hips in an effective way.

Driving your hips is a complex movement that involves a few actions of other parts of your body:


  • Thighs: the part of the leg between the hip and the knee
  • Glutes: one of three large skeletal muscles that form the buttock, and move the thigh
  • Core: Interior specialization
  • lats  : a broad flat muscle on either side of the back

Observing a quick bowler’s performance is better than seeing his prey:  the batsman. His jump around with fear in his eyes without knowing the way the ball move, or the speed of the ball get there.

But, how far exciting it might sound, it’s equally tricky to master the crafts. Here are some points to remember to generate speed in pacing for fast bowling:

A suitable run-up: A bowler must gather speed, as he gets nearer to the stumps, keeping both the arms close to the body to ensure no wastage of energy.

A high jump: The impelling force produced by the run-up is relocated to the jump. That is the reasons why most of the quick bowlers have a sensible high jump.

A proper landing: Hitting the ground with front foot, a force is generated and transferred to hip before it moves upwards. By rotating the shoulder, the bowlers use the force that it gets out of the hip movement. This force is then transferred to the wrist. The more aligned the movements is, the better is  the outcome.

Body alignment

From the beginning of the run-up to the ending of the follow-through, it is significant to keep the body aligned to the target: the batsman. The bowler must not be far from the stumps, but hang about as close to the stumps as possible after delivering.

Order of the limbs  

A bowler must also be alert about the order of  limbs when moving for bowling  action. For example, if the shoulder moves before the hip completes its, action, the hip stops to contribute to build up of momentum.

Still lack confidence?

Remember, it can’t be done in a day. Enjoy your fast bowling, and at the same time  keep breaking the wickets one by one which will shatter the opponents’ confidence in pieces.

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