What is the use of a long run up while bowling – does it impact bowling?
Each bowler’s run-up can vary in length and speed. It all comes down to how you feel. Shoaib Akhtar bowls fast from a 20+ stride run up and Mark Wood bowls fast from an 8-stride run up. Brett Lee has gone on record and said that he used to have a long run up because he thought all fast bowlers need to run in from the boundary but he eventually shortened it as well.
It all comes down to what is comfortable for you.
The purpose of the run-up is for the bowler to generate optimum ground speed and momentum to take into their delivery stride. Your task is to find out how you can achieve that optimum.
Some bowlers prefer longer run-ups as it allows them to approach the crease with rhythm and relaxation (think Michael Holding). Whereas some bowlers prefer to attack the crease from their first step (think Mark Wood and Rubel Hossain).
Steven Finn’s run-up change was well documented. He had a long run up and then changed shortened it which caused him to lose all his rhythm. So, as you can tell, it’s a very personal thing.
The run-up is not an easy thing to master so be patient with it. You need to find what feels right for you. We ask every one of our guests about their run up – so please look out for our posts and podcasts to hear more about this topic!
I hope that helps my friend.
All the best.
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