QUESTION FROM SHUBHAM
My mind is always on my run up and when it doesn’t go well, I’m not able to pitch the ball where I want and I also lose my follow through. How can I fix this?
I think the problem you’re facing is right in front of you.. Your mind is ALWAYS on your run-up. The nets and practice sessions are the time to focus on individual aspects of our action. But when you go into the middle, you need to focus on the batsman and how to get him out.
We spoke about timing here and how you can use your body and ‘feeling’ to deliver the ball in and around your target area - (https://pacejournal.co/question/what-is-timing-in-bowling-and-what-are-good-check-points-to-know-if-youre-having-timing-issues-or-not). I’m not surprised that you're struggling to pitch the ball where you want because your mind isn’t focussed on that. You need to be comfortable and confident with your run-up so that you’re not having to think about it when you play. Do this in the nets and at practice and recreate match type scenarios. Bowl in the middle and have a friend or coach stand as an umpire to call a no-ball if you’re overstepping. Once you start landing in the right place consistently, you'll start to gain confidence with your run-up and you’ll stop thinking about it all the time.
All the best.
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