Cricket: Leg Spin - Grip

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DESCRIPTION

A leg spin bowler spins the ball from a right handed batsmans leg stump towards their off stump. The bowler grips the ball with the top joint of the index and middle fingers lying on the seam and the third finger bent along it.

As the bowlers arm moves forward the fingers are straightened and the wrist is flicked forwards, with the palm finishing facing downwards. The 3rd finger is the one that imparts most of the spin.

On release of the ball the bowler completes a full swing of the arm, driving through to the opposite hip. Its important to pivot on the ball of the front foot and make the back knee drive through the ball.

COACHING POINTS

  • Ensure the head remains stationary during the delivery and that the eyes remain focused on the target.
  • A leg spinners run is considerably shorter than a quick bowlers although like a fast bowler the approach needs to be smooth and accelerating to the wicket.
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