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“Do the THINGS You Like,”

“LIKE the Things You Do.”

In the game of cricket to be 100 % the distribution will be as under

  • 40 % share is Fitness. ( Strength & Endurance Power ) 
  • 30 % share is Attitude. ( Presence of Mind & Application )
  • 20 % share is skills. ( Techniques & Knowledge )
  • 10 % share is Luck. ( External & Internal Factors )

PROFESSIONALISM IN CRICKET

DEFINITION

A Professional is a person who has under gone rigorous Training to acquire a body of Knowledge and Skills to a point of Perfection, and Perform at a given level with an Endeavour to higher Out Put every time.

Training

Training refers to the physical work out of the cricketing aspects which are required to be performed on field during a match by the player in different roles. e.g. – Batting, Bowling, Fielding etc. training helps to acquire the Rhythm and Tuning of the body to perform in a fluent manner without much efforts and for a prolonged period of time without wear and tear of the body parts. i.e. Injury Free.

Knowledge

Knowledge refers to the on field and off field imparting of attributes and there application and implementation as and when required as per the situation. Knowledge helps to under stand a situation and the challenges and hurdles to be over come and emerge a winner. Knowledge also helps to do SWOT analysis. (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities & Threats.)

Skills

Skills refers to the in born quality of an individual, every one has an in born talent we just have to bring it out, and make him master it with right training and knowledge so as to, the player can use his presence of mind to implement it as and when required. We cannot force a player to change his style as per our will and wish. We only have to remove the hurdles and obstacles in his original style to get the best results.

Perfection

Perfection refers to the act of performing the same activity continuously repeatedly with ease, smoothly and fluently as and when the situation arises, whether it is bowling, batting, fielding, wicket – keeping or any other activity in the field. The decision and the body response becomes spontaneous for better and higher performance.

HABIT

When any person does an activity deliberately, repeatedly and continuously for 21 (twenty one ) days it becomes his HABIT. And if the same is extended for 90 (ninety) days he gets tuned to the activity, this is called FIXATION. In cricket if a player is tuned in the right prospective and made to repeat the activity to fixation, then we can expect perfection and performance.

“SOME ARE PLAYER’S BY BIRTH”
“ALL THE OTHERS ARE MADE.”

PERFORMANCE BASED PRACTICE FOR BATTING

Cricket is the game of batsman, the purpose of playing cricket was to give pleasure to the batsman. Therefore Batting is the privilege of a cricketer, no matter he is playing as a Pure Batsman, Bowler or a wicket – keeper, every one gets the opportunity to bat in a match. But the responsibility may vary as a Pure batsman as a Bowler or as a wicket – keeper.

For a batsman to score a Hundred runs in an innings what are the Ingredients required, he should score 100 single runs that is he will have to face min. 100 balls. But every ball will not be a scoring ball, he may face some dot balls also. If the strike rate is 33.33 % then he will have to face min. 300 balls. Now to face 300 balls in a match with the same energy level till the last ball he should have a higher fitness level and temperament. Again he is not the only person to face the balls, he will have to co-ordinate with his partner and share the number of balls accordingly. That is if 50 % of the balls will be faced by his partner then he will have to be there on the crease for a period of 450 balls that is 75 over’s. He should be running for his runs as well as for the runs of his partner. It means that the fitness level of a bats man to score 100 runs must be min. 150 %.

Therefore the min. practice schedule or duration must be double as that of the match. The practice sessions must consist of both fitness as well as the strategies, situation, scenario and environment of a match with the capacity to face min. 600 balls per day.

PERFORMANCE BASED PRACTICE FOR BOWLING

As we have seen that cricket is the game of batsman, the bowler is the key person to proceed the game. Without the bowler the game cannot be played. In a test match min. 90 over’s are bowled in a day out of which a bowler can bowl max. 25 to 30 overs depending upon the fitness level of the bowler. If the run up of a bowler is of 30 yards and a follow through of about 10 yards, then the total distance travelled by a bowler to release one ball is 40 yards. Therefore to release 6 balls that is one over he has to travel for 240 yards. Now if a bowler is bowling 25 overs in one day then he is travelling 6000 yards, assuming that he is not bowling a single no ball or wide ball. Considering the different amount of speed a bowler is running at different point of time that is slow at the beginning of the run up, and at full sprinting speed before the release of the ball. The Energy level required will be 1 ½ times the distance he is totally running per ball. It means that the total distance travelled by a bowler at jogging speed per day to release 150 balls (25 overs) is 9000 yards. This comes to 8.33 kilometers per day. Now the fitness level should always be more in the practice sessions that is a bowler must release min. 300 to 500 balls in the correct position with reference to Bio – Mechanics and at the right spot ( good length spot) with the perfect action, and must have the capacity to run for more than 8 kilometer with intervals.

Bowling

BOWLING is a FOUR stroke process.

  • First is SUCTION,
  • Second is COMPRESSION,
  • Third is POWER
  • Fourth is EXHAUST

SUCTION

The starting point of Run Up of a bowler is very important, as he has to decide as to what ball to be delivered. During run up a bowler gains Rhythm, Momentum and Energy through proper Breathing. This is a process of Suction.

COMPRESSION

After the run up, the bowler takes a Jump before the crease, in this process he has to gather his body in total, and take a position as to aim the target ( the delivery spot) at this point of time the bowler is in a crouching position or a Compressed form. This is Compression.

POWER

After the jump the left foot lands, this should be in a Heel - Toe position. Which helps the roll over action of the body in a smoother manner. The straightening up of left foot and right arm, this will give a higher altitude of release point of the ball. This process is called the Power.

EXHAUST

After the power process there is always an exhaust. The excess energy after the power is released in a safe manner. The follow through of the bowler is important to minimize speed and also injuries of the bowler. This process is called Exhaust.

THE GRIP OF THE BALL

The pressure applied on the ball with the three fingers plays an important role in the delivery of the ball. The grip neither should be very tight nor very loose. Place the Index finger and the middle finger on top of the ball and the thumb on the lower part of the ball. The ball must be pressed with the two fingers only, the thumb is a support to the ball. The index and the middle fingers must be placed on the seam, the ball must be pulled down, this will give a back spin to the ball.

Due to back spin the ball moves in the air (soar) before landing on the ground. After pitching the ball will get a natural bounce, which makes difficult for the batsman to play. The seam position of the ball also plays an important role in the movement of the ball, in the air as well as after pitching. The position of the seam will decide the direction of the ball, that is if the seam is pointing towards the fine leg, then in – swing and if the seam is pointing towards the slip, then out – swing.

The pitching of the ball fully depends on the release of the ball.

And the release of the ball depends fully on the grip of the ball.

PRACTICE MAKES MAN PERFECT ”

A person must keep learning at every stage of his life, this will help him develop, grow and stay Young, the moment one thinks that I know every thing, the development and growth of an individual freezes. and only his age grows.

Subhan Shaikh.

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