#27 - Whenever I play a match, my first over is full of pressure and my pace is down and I bowl wides. How can I improve this?

QUESTION FROM HIMANSHU

Whenever I play a match, my first over is full of pressure and my pace is down and I bowl wides. How can I improve this?


ANSWER

Hey Himanshu,

This is a very common problem for most athletes, not just cricketers.

You’re basically allowing the nerves and pressure of the match to stop you from performing freely. Nervous energy can be used positively and/or negatively. My advice to you would be to play more matches so that the match situation becomes second nature to you. The more you play, the more comfortable you’ll become.

You should also consider developing a process which helps you block out the match scenario. Glenn McGrath used to sing songs to himself as he ran into bowl. Tino Best told us in an interview that he would stand at the top of his mark, say his trigger words and then start his run up.

Fast bowling is a process and the easier and simpler you make that process, the better you’ll perform.

Play more matches and work out a process that helps you perform freely.

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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