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