#16 - When I start my run up, my steps are normal but when I get close to the stumps they become less spaced – what should I do?

QUESTION FROM AARISH

When I start my run up, my steps are normal but when I get close to the stumps they become less spaced – what should I do?


ANSWER

Hey Aarish,

It sounds like you lack confidence in your run up. The reason your steps start to shorten as you approach the stumps is because you’re scared of overstepping the line and bowling a no-ball.

You need to work on your run up in practice. Start by bowling freely and don’t worry about the no-balls. When your run up feels comfortable, measure it and make a note of the length.

Do this as many times as you need to, to gain confidence that you can run up and bowl without overstepping. Once your confidence is there, you’ll notice that your stride length won’t change and you’ll stop thinking about what’s happening in your end and focus on what to do at the other end!

I hope that helps my friend.

All the best.


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