Marking the Run Up

Getting the length of the run up right is important to get a proper bowling rhythm. Each bowler has judge for himself, how long his run up will be, according to what he intends to bowl (fast or spin) and according to what suits his bowling action.

One of the best way of marking the length of the run-up is :

Mark a line in the outfield and start the run up with the right toe touching this line (for a right arm bowler). As explained earlier, jog, stride and accelerate listening to your body all the time, and where you feel you have reached the optimum speed, hop or jump to set your action as your right foot lands, and then bowl.

Ask one of your friends to mark the point where your front landed. Bowl at least 10-15 balls, repeating the above procedure, and every time marking the landing of the front foot. The point where the front foot lands most often is measured by walking-length strides or a string. That’s the length of your run-up!

If you find that the length of the run-up suits your bowling rhythm and co-ordination stick to it, and if not, go back to the procedure as explained earlier. lan Donald says, “Timing you run-up speed with a stop watch can be of great help, for if you lose your rhythm, you can always ask somebody to check whether you are running in faster or slower.”

Remember : Every time you run to bowl, start from the same mark and with the same foot.

While marking your run up, care should be taken to start striding after the initial jog from the same spot every time, and so also the mark from where you start accelerating before you release the ball.

As far as possible, the run up should be straight to the point of delivery. The imaginary run up line drawn from the marker to the point of delivery should be straight, though it could be at an angle to the crease, depending upon one’s action.

Ask someone to count the number of strides from the starting marker to the point of delivery. For a right arm bowler, starting with the right foot, the bowling strides will be even. Say, 14 or 16 bowling strides. Every time you bowl, you got have same number of strides so that you don’t miss your rhythm or bowl a ‘no ball’.