#79 - How can I stay motivated every day?

QUESTION

How can I stay motivated every day?


ANSWER

Hey, 

This is a great question and one that many cricketers don’t know they need to address.

Passion is a blessing, but when it becomes a complete obsession, it can become unhealthy. As aspiring cricketers, all we dream about is success and improvement; that’s a great mentality but you must remember that your mind is like the rest of your body and being switched on at all times isn’t a good idea.

Treat your brain like a muscle; LET IT REST. If you’re constantly thinking about cricket 24/7, you’ll inherently get ‘sick’ of it. It’s important not to confuse obsession with passion. Passion is when you do something and ENJOY it but obsession can produce a negative response.

Scenario 1: A amateur bowler has a bad game. All he thinks about during and after the game is how bad he bowled and how nothing went to the plan. He can’t stop beating himself up about it. When it’s time for his next game, the thoughts of his previous game are still in his head and his confidence is low, he has another bad game because he can’t snap out a negative mindset. In this scenario, the bowler is obsessed and can’t let go. 

Scenario 2: A professional bowler has a bad game. He reviews why things didn’t go to plan after the game and keeps a mental note of what he’s going to do differently next time and then forgets about it. He spends time with his friends and watches a movie and doesn’t think twice about the bad game. When it’s time for his next game, he remembers the mental note of what he needs to focus on, his performance improves and he’s back to winning ways and performing again. In this scenario, the bowler was smart with his analysis and then let go and returned with a positive attitude.

It means that the saying, “there’s a thin line between love and hate” isn’t famous for no reason. If you love something so much, it’s very easy for that love to become hate. Don’t put your career in that state because of your inability to balance your life and your game.

Like we always say; balance is the key. It’s great to concentrate, train and play hard but the second you leave the nets, the gym or the playing field, you need to learn how to switch off and let your mind refresh and recover. When you’re playing the game, be the most passionate player you can possibly be; but when you walk off the pitch, leave the ‘cricketer’ alone.

Explore different hobbies. Read books. Travel. Watch TV. Socialise. Spend time with your family. Anything! Just give your mind a break. Learn the art of switching on and switching off and you’ll find that you’ll be a lot happier and your performances will be consistent. Never forget that cricket is a game and games are meant to be enjoyed. You play your best when you’re having fun.

I hope that helps. 

All the best.


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#72 - I’m 5’5, can I become a fast bowler?

QUESTION

I’m 5’5, can I become a fast bowler?


ANSWER

Hey, 

There’s a huge misunderstanding that you need to be tall to be a fast bowler. History shows that the fastest bowlers haven’t always been ‘tall’.

Tino Best, Fidel Edwards, Dale Steyn, Malcolm Marshall (RIP) and Chris Jordan are just a few examples of bowlers with pace that are under 6 feet. Although long levers are desirable in fast bowlers, they’re not everything.

The way I look at it, if you have a disadvantage in terms of height, you must work on negating that disadvantage by working on things within your control; your technique, your attitude, mindset and your fitness.

You don’t have the advantage of long levers, so make sure your action is as efficient as possible so you’re squeezing all the potential pace out of your body. Work on your fitness so you’re as fit, strong and fast as possible. Work on the mental side of your game; Tino Best has described this perfectly in his podcast with us – fast bowling is an attitude.

Develop that fast bowling instinct and desire to bowl fast; you’ll be surprised how much of an impact your mindset can have on your game and ability to bowl quick.

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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#71 - 3 months ago, I bowled during a match and strained my knee. I can walk normally now but should I bowl again?

QUESTION

3 months ago, I bowled during a match and strained my knee. I can walk normally now but should I bowl again?


ANSWER

Hey,

Great question. I wish I could give you a definitive answer but the truth is, I can’t. 

Recovery and rehab is a very unique thing. Some people recover faster than others. Only YOU know how your body feels. It’s great to hear that you’re walking normally again.

My advice would be to slowly introduce more impact through your lower body and see how your body responds. Start jogging lightly, jumping on the spot (skipping) and walk through bowling.

Most of the time, the effect of an injury is mental – to satisfy your mind that you’re “good to go”, you’ll need to build it up slowly. This will allow you to regain confidence in your knee.  

I’d also advise you to implement a more extensive warm up regime, again, just to give your mind the reassurance and confidence that you’re not going to get injured again! 

Take your time, do not rush this process. It’s normal to be frustrated but if you rush it, you’ll do more damage and the recovery process will become even harder!

I hope that helps.

 All the best.


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#67 - How can I be more consistent with my line and length?

QUESTION

How can I be more consistent with my line and length?


ANSWER

Hey,

You can achieve greater consistency in a few ways such as having a strong wrist position, a repeatable action and bowling enough. But I’d like to focus on something which I believe a lot of bowlers subconsciously struggle with; keeping it simple.

As bowlers, we have an aggressive mindset and want to get batsmen out with every ball that we bowl. In doing so, we complicate things for ourselves. Remember, cricket is about simplicity and the simpler our process, the easier our execution becomes.

We asked Tino Best if he could go back in time, what one thing would he add to his game: his response was, “consistency”. He said that most times he allowed his emotions to take over and he mixed his bowling up a lot but looking back, he would just be more consistent at bowling outside that off stump channel. Please listen to that podcast on our website or look out for the Pace Bite in the near future.

So my advice to you would be to have a clear mind and be patient and consistent.

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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#66 - When a batsman hits me for a boundary, I lose my line and length – how can I avoid this from happening?

QUESTION

When a batsman hits me for a boundary, I lose my line and length – how can I avoid this from happening?


ANSWER

Hey,

You’re losing your line and length because you’re allowing the action from the batsman to affect your mind.

Listen, it’s a game of cricket – you’re going to have good days and you’re going to have bad days. Batsmen are ALLOWED to hit you for boundaries. You can’t let it throw you off your game.

Your job as a bowler is to quickly learn and adapt to what happens in-game. You must, at all times have a clear plan in your mind and execute it. Give it a chance – if it’s not working, switch it up.

My advice to you would be to develop a switch on, switch off mindset. Once the ball is bowled, SWITCH OFF. If you bowled a bad ball, accept it and move on (you can’t rewind time). Walk back to your mark with a clear, cool head and think about your next delivery. Once you get to the top of your mark, switch on and focus on executing your delivery.

That’s it. I know it’s easier said than done but you really need to remember that it’s just a game. Almost every professional will tell you that they played their best cricket when they were relaxed.

When they enjoyed it!

Do the hard yards in training and enjoy yourself when you’re out in the middle.

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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#52 - I’m thinking about the future too much and I’m not giving 100% focus to cricket. How can I stop this?

QUESTION

I’m thinking about the future too much and I’m not giving 100% focus to cricket. How can I stop this?


ANSWER

Hey,

This is a great question and something a lot of athletes, let alone cricketers experience.

Look, at the end of the day, you need to remember that cricket is just, a game. It’s great to be committed, motivated and ambitious but if those traits start to become a hindrance to your mind then you’re going to do more damage than good. Every cricketer will tell you that they’ve played their best game when they’re relaxed and enjoying it. Can you imagine the pressure and nerves of playing in front of a big crowd, game in your hands and your muscles are fatiguing but you’ve got to produce some magic to win the game. If you’re not 100% clear in your mind, you’ll never make the right decisions. This is already happening because you feel like you're not giving "100% to cricket". You can't give 100% if your mind is pre-occupied with negative or anxious thoughts.

My advice to you would be to learn how to switch on and switch off. When you’re at training, give it 110%. When you’re playing a match, give it 120% but when you’re off the field – SWITCH OFF.

Explore some hobbies; reading books, traveling or learning a new skill etc. Do something to take your mind off cricket. You’ll find that you’ll feel fresher, happier and you’ll look forward to playing the game!

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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#39 - When I start my run up, it’s fast but whenever the time comes to release the ball, my run up becomes slower. How can I solve this problem?

QUESTION FROM VINAY

When I start my run up, it’s fast but whenever the time comes to release the ball, my run up becomes slower. How can I solve this problem?


ANSWER

Hey Vinay,

This is a great question and something a lot of bowlers suffer with. You’re not confident about your landing position – this is the reason why you become tentative and slow down as you approach the crease. Most of the time this is because you want to avoid overstepping and bowling a no-ball.

You need to bowl enough in practice and properly mark your run up so your mind is at peace when it comes to games.

Have someone stand as an umpire during your practice sessions and make them call out ‘no-ball’, if you do overstep. When you start bowling over after over without hearing ‘no-ball’, you’ll feel a lot more confident about your run-up.

Another thing to remember is to be free when you’re bowling. Don’t think about that front foot line or even the crease. From your mark, just GO and bowl with freedom.

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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#38 - I am a batsman and I also want to start bowling. What should I do and what should I keep in mind as a bowler?

QUESTION FROM JAGDALE

I am a batsman and I also want to start bowling. What should I do and what should I keep in mind as a bowler?


ANSWER

Hey Jagdale,

Great question! It’s great to hear that you’re looking to start bowling.

The best advice I can give you is to listen to both of our podcasts with Tino Best. He speaks about the mental side of fast bowling perfectly and describes fast bowling as an ‘attitude’. You’ll also hear about Tino’s own personal journey as a fast bowler as well as the sacrifices he made and the training he did.

It’s a tough job and the demands are very high. But when you get it right, it’s the greatest feeling ever!

Here’s a link to both podcasts:

https://pacejournal.co/podcast/fast-bowling-is-an-attitude

https://pacejournal.co/podcast/the-high-jump-helped-me-with-my-run-up

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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