I belong to school that believes certain talents are in born,, at best can never be learned, though they my be channelized and improved upon.
For example, Acting, Singing, Wring.
With so many Schools ,Academies for Acting has the world produced a Marlon Brando,Sir Lawrence Olivier, Sivaji Ganesan,Dr.Raj Kumar,Dilip Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar to name a few?
The same applies to Ports.
We have few legends, Sachin Tendulkar,Sunil Gavaskar,Sobers, Brian Lara,Ian Botham,Clie Rice;Pollock Brothers,Lloyd,Kanhai,Don Bradman,Lille,Bishen Bedi,Allan Donald?
No doubt these greats were coached but there was material to be improved upon.
Otherwise whoever attends an Academy would have become a Legend!
I had a reader requesting me for a coaching the comments column on a Post of Cricket Field positions.
I advised that it is better to seek a coach in person and I am not a qualified even to recommend.
However, I searched, found a Link and posted.
Later I thought, whatever my views are , the site may be useful to readers.
Who knows, by reading Online , with discipline, hard work and interest we may get a cricketing Legend!
10 Ways to improve your cricket through practice
- Action/Reflection. As Darren says: Do and then analyse what you did. After every game and practice take some time to sit down and ask yourself: What did I do well? What can I work on to stop myself doing things badly?
- Set Yourself Assignments. I equate this to goal setting. Knowing what you are aiming for keeps you on track. There is a world of difference between “I want to get loads of wickets this season” and “I got 40 wickets last year, I will get 50 this year”.
- Use Different Mediums. To get a deeper understanding ofthe game you could play in many formats (20 over, 50 over, indoor) or you could play a totally different sport just to get a feel for understanding the challenges of all sports rather than just cricket.
- Be a Guest. This is a tough one. Playing for other teams than your usual club will make you think more about your game. I have played for three clubs in my time, and each one has set a new challenge to me. Playing against your own club really makes you think!
- Ask for Criticism. Many players want to improve but feel to proud or afraid to ask. I would argue that you should try and get as much feedback as you can from anyone who will talk to you. As long as you take the comments with a pinch of salt and are prepared to listen, review and ignore the advice if it won’t work for you.
- Analyse Others. I wouldn’t recommend going about trying to coach other people willy nilly (unless you have their respect as a coach), but you can watch others and see if you can spot their errors. You can also learn from watching top players on TV or at first class matches.
- Speak. The closest we get in cricket to reading out loud is self-talk. It’s not quite the same, but it is a vital tool for anyone wanting to improve their game and something you need to practice as much as a cover drive or googly.
- Criticise Yourself. With cheap video cameras available you could easily tape yourself in the nets or in the middle for a bit of post-game analysis.
- Get a Coach. A good coach will work with you to pin down your weaknesses. Even a few sessions can make a huge difference. In the UK most first class counties offer one-to-one sessions take advantage.
- Take a Course. The best thing I did to improve was to go on an ECB coaching course. It challenges, stimulates and fills gaps you never knew you had. If you only to one thing on the list, then do this one.
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