QUESTION FROM RAHEEL
How can we gain as much pace as possible. Are there any exercises which we can do at home that can lead to an increase in pace?
Good question. We always preach that there is no one-size-fits-all model to bowling fast. As Tino Best says, ‘fast bowling is an attitude’. It’s not easy and requires a lot of hard work, patience and dedication.
To gain as much pace as possible, the first thing you must do is learn to utilise every part of your body to its maximum. You don’t bowl with just your arm, you bowl with your entire body. Technique, confidence and fitness will all combine to allow you to bowl at your maximum speed.
Without seeing you bowl, it’s hard for me to comment on anything technical but please listen to our podcasts as we always ask our guests about their technique and how they bowl fast. This is ideal listening for anyone who wants a better understanding of their technique.
In regards to exercises at ‘home’. I’m assuming you don’t have access to a gym. You can become strong through bodyweight exercises such as press ups, sit ups, pull ups etc. You can become more explosive through bodyweight plyometric exercises such as high jumps, long jumps and explosive press ups etc. You can become faster through interval sprint work and build more stamina through some long distance running. Please make sure you do all your running on the grass – this is one big thing that Jock Campbell, Brett Lee’s coach told us!
I hope that helps.
All the best my friend.
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