QUESTION FROM NIROBI
I’m having a very hard time holding my own body weight on my back leg. I tend to fall during delivery. I also have a serious problem with bracing my front leg and engaging my non-bowling arm which results in a loss of pace. How can I fix this?
This is an interesting question. I’m not sure if you mean that you’re feeling a lack of stability in your back leg. If you’re falling over in the crease, then I’d imagine that it is a strength/stability issue and in that case, I would say that you should consider increasing your general strength and stability from the ankles up.
As your general strength levels increase, you should feel more stable when moving in the crease but make sure you are bowling during the strength phase as well.
Regarding your front leg, there’s no way you’re going to land and plant your left leg solidly if the movements before (back leg landing) are unstable and weak. Your back-foot landing sets you up for an explosive plant of the left leg.
Regarding your non-bowling arm – this is something that every bowler aims to improve. From my experience, the best advice I can give you is to (1) make a conscious effort of holding on to that non-bowling arm during technical/drill sessions and (2) have a trigger of some sort when you’re bowling at a batsman – an example of a trigger is when you pull the Batsman’s collar and bring it in explosively into your hip!
I hope that helps.
All the best.
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