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How To Grip The Ball To Bowl Outswing

How To Grip The Ball To Bowl Outswing

Moving the ball away from the batsman, out swing can tease a knick and a catch in the slips from a delivery. Here's how to grip the ball to bowl out swing in cricket.

Step 1: You will need

  • A cricket ball
  • A wicket to aim at
  • A measured pitch

Step 2: Understanding out swing

Out swing is when the ball swings, or curves in the air away from the body of a right handed batsman

Step 3: The grip

Hold the ball like with two fingers either side of the seam, with the thumb underneath.
The next two fingers fold softly into the palm of your hand

Step 4: Ball position

You will also want to have a finger's width in between the palm of your hand and the back of the ball.
Gripping the ball too tightly will make it hard for the ball to roll out of your fingers.
Holding it too loosely will mean less control over the ball.

Step 5: The wrist

As the ball leaves your hand you want your wrist to be cocked back and locked so that the ball rolls as you bring the ball down and out of the fingers to put backspin on the ball and keep the seam straight.

Step 6: A ball of two sides

Keeping the seam straight also means that you might be able to swing the ball.
The air will travel more quickly past the shiny side.
So if you keep one side shiny the ball will swing one way or the other.

Step 7: Swinging it

For out swing the seam is angled just slightly to the left with the shiny side of the ball on the right hand side as you hold it

Step 8: Take aim

When bowling the out swinger it is important to take the ball's sideways movement into consideration.
You should aim on middle stump that way the ball will swing onto off stump or slightly wider when it swings.

Step 9: Ready to play