How To Bowl Leg Spin
A spinner can be a potent weapon for his side, and leg spin, when done right, can take a lot of wickets. Here VideoJug shows you how to bowl leg spin in cricket, so that you'll be bowling like Shane Warne by next week!
Step 1: You will need
- A cricket ball
- A wicket to aim at
- A measured pitch
Step 2: Gripping the ball
The grip for spin bowling is very different from seam bowling.
The seam turns from vertical to horizontal in the grip
Step 3: Finger position
The middle joints of the index, middle finger and third finger are well spread across the seam.
The little finger and thumb are not involved
Step 4: Spinning it
With leg spin you are looking to rotate or spin the ball from your third finger to your forefinger
Step 5: Release
With leg spin the ball is released from the back of the hand
Flick the wrist so that the palm of the hand finishes facing downwards
Step 6: Aim
You should aim to bowl the ball outside the off stump. If you bowl too wide of the leg stump the batsman may dispatch your ball to the boundary on the off side. It is often described as wrist spin because, unlike off spinners, the revolutions of the ball are generated by the wrist rather than the fingers. Your bowling arm should remain straight throughout the release - if your arm is bent it will be deemed illegal and a no-ball will be called