Pace Swing Bowling Cutters Details

I am a keen follower of Cricket and follow Cricket Matches Live irrespective of the timings of Telecast to such an extent it makes my children remark that ‘I should be of Age!’


Though I am familiar with the Cricketing Jargon I tend to get confused on the terms in Cricket.


Many people are shy  of asking youngsters thinking that it is beneath their dignity!


I do not contribute to this view.


If some one knows a subject better I will learn, even if they are young enough to be children, in some cases even Grandchildren.


What counts to me is that I learn and one should admit wherever and whenever it is due, in this case I am amazed at the information the youngsters of the Day possess !


Despite this updating, at times I get confused about Bowling styles, especially when new commentators confuse you among Pace Bowling and Fast Bowling.


So, having posted an article on the Fielding positions in Cricket , with illustrations, I decide to post on Bowling to begin with.


Surprisingly the post had a good response, especially from the youngsters  to such an extent that two Boys asked me for Tips!


I advised them to get a Coach or check the link I provided in the post.


I might post on Batting later


What started of as an exercise to get Sun on you, now, has become a full-time professional occupation.



There are two types of Bowling.

1.Pace Bowling where the velocity of the Ball is used and


2.Spin Bowling where the Bowler Spins the Ball.


Pace bowlers are not fast bowlers;

Fast bowling refers to only a subset of pace bowling as seen in the following table.


Pace bowlers are classified according to the bowling speed at which they average in an over.


The following table gives a rough idea as to the categorization of these bowlers.


Classification of Pace Bowlers.

TYPE                                        MPH                                        KM/H

Fast                                         90+                                          144.8+

Fast–Medium                     80–89                                      128.74+

Medium–Fast                     70–79                                      112.65+

Medium                                60–69                                        96.56+

Medium–Slow                    50–59                                        80.46+

Slow–Medium                    40–49                                        64.37+

Slow                                        39 & below                            62.7 & below

Swing Bowling.

Swing bowlers make the ball curve in the air after pitching and one who can make the ball swing in air after it bounces on the pitch either towards or

away from the batsman he is called a seam bowler.


If the ball curves into the batsman it is known as an in-swing.


If it curves away from him, it is called an out-swing.


To make the ball curve, the bowler holds the ball as demonstrated.


  • Swinging a cricket ball by using the correct grip.
Pace Bowling Swing Style
Swing Bowling,Conventional Image credit.
Contrast Swing Bowling action, Grip
Contrast Swing.Image Credit.

Swing is caused by two factors:

  1. The raised seam of the cricket ball.
  2. Asymmetry in the ball caused by uneven wear of its surface.


If the seam is aligned to point slightly to one side or the other, the slipstream of air moving over the raised seam causes an aerofoil effect, pushing the ball to one side.


The flow of air over the two different sides of the ball causes differential pressure based on the surface qualities of the sides.


This causes the ball to curve through the air towards the rougher side. In combination, these two effects can produce considerable sideways movement of the ball through the air, known as swing.


Dippers are a kind of swing delivery.


A dipper curves into or away from the batsman before the ball pitches.


The Bowling i is the same as swing, but dippers are harder to hit as they almost pitch near the batsman toes.


A delivery pitched at the batsman’s toes is known as a yorker. Hence dippers are often known as in-swinging yorkers or out-swinging yorkers.


Seam Bowling.


Seam bowling is a type of pace bowling. Bowlers employing such a technique are known as seam bowlers or seamers.


The seam joining the pieces of leather is circumferential and the stitching is distinctly raised.


If the ball is bowled such that the seam hits the pitch when it bounces, this abnormality can cause the ball to deviate sideways in its path.


In order to achieve this effect, a seam bowler delivers the ball with the seam held upright, holding the ball with his thumb and middle & index finger.


As he releases the ball, the two fingers roll the ball backwards. This keeps the seam aligned vertically as it travels towards the batsman, making it possible for the ball to bounce on with the seam upright on the pitch.


The direction and degree of deviation from a straight path are dependent on the small-scale alignment of the seam and any irregularities in the pitch surface.


This means that deviation caused by seam is chaotic and unpredictable.


Often the deviation caused by seam is not large enough to cause a batsman significant problems with playing the ball.


Occasionally, however, the ball can deviate far enough to hit the edge of the cricket bat instead of the middle, producing a catch for nearby fielders. Skilled batsmen have good reflexes and are less troubled by seam bowling than less proficient ones.




Cutters are a type of delivery. Cutters are bowled by spinning the ball so that it breaks – it changes direction after pitching.


A leg-cutter is a delivery that moves from the batsman’s leg-side to the off-side after pitching (right to left on the TV screen).


An off-cutter moves the opposite direction. Cutters are bowled at a much faster pace than the spin that spinners bowl. As a result, the deviation is not as pronounced as true spin.


*Batsmen and Bowlers are assumed to be right handed in this post.




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Dhoni Suresh Raina Fixed IPL Match

The Mudgal Committee  appointed to probe into allegations of IPL 2013 Match Fixing, has transcripts revealing conversations that indicate  PL match was fixed by Indian Captain MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina.

The key man is President to be of ICC!

Video Link Naming Dhoni with Transcript.

What can come out of this Probe and the Committee Report?

“A report of details revealed during the interrogation of a bookie, known by the name of ‘Kitty’, alias Uttham Jain, was submitted to the Committee by IPS Officer G Sampath Kumar.
The report alleges that more than half of the matches played during IPL 2013 could have been fixed and Indian Cricket team players MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina knew about the wrongdoings.
The report provides incriminating evidence suggesting that the match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals played on May 12, 2013 was FIXED.
The report quotes phone transcripts between Gurunath Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh. The two can be heard discussing bets on the match between CSK and RR on May 12, 2013…
Meiyappan tells Vindoo that CSK will score around 140 runs. Later, CSK scored 141 runs in the match.
‘During the match, Gurunath placed bets of Rs.1.4 crore against CSK and confidently told Vindoo that Royals will win. In a conversation at 21:09 on May 12, 2013, stating that he has already placed bets of Rs. 20 lakh, Gurunath asks Vindoo to place Rs. 30 lakh more on Rajasthan. He says, “RR is winning pakka”,’ the Mail Today report quoted.
Meiyappan and Aggarwal were approached by a man from RAJASTHAN at Radisson Blu Hotel, Egmor. The report published in Mail Today reveals that Meiyappan informed Kitty that a discussion is going in regarding fixing the match between CSK and RR, scheduled to take place on May 12, 2013.
A second meeting took place on April 27, 2013 and Vikram Aggarwal informed Kitty that a deal was WORKED OUT.
‘Later after dinner party Meiyappan has informed that Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni has agreed to play as per plan and his team will score 140 runs and this was communicated to somebody ( Sanjay) in Jaipur over phone by Vikram Agarwal when Kitty was nearby,’ the Mail Today report quoted.
In a separate conversation between Aggarwal and Vindoo- ‘Vikram Agarwal told him [ Kitty] that there was negotiation for match- fixing between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings and Meiyappan has to communicate to Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and few others for finalisation,’ the report submitted with Mudgal Committee was quoted by Mail Today.
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IPL Spot Fixing Mudugal Report Text

Now Srinivasan is slated to take over as ICC Chief,it  is an irony that his son-in-law Gurunathan Meiyappan has been found guilty of IPL Spst fixing and that he was  a part of Chennai Super Kings and in fact was acting as the de facto Chief of Chennai Super Kings.

Mudugal report on IPL spot fixing.
IPL Spot fixing Mudugal Report indicts Meiyappan

Read the Full Text of the Mudugal Committee .

‘Thus, in conclusion the Committee finds that
Mr. Meiyappan is in violation of Sections
2.2.1 and 2.14 the IPL Operational Rules
for bringing the game in disrepute, Articles
2.2.1, 2.2.2, and 2.2.3 of the IPL Anti
Corruption Code for his acts of betting and
Articles 2.4.4 of the IPL Code of Conduct
for Players and Team Officials, for bring
disrepute to the game of cricket. The said
illegal acts further stand accentuated in light
of his position/role in CSK.

Read the Full report,

Source.The Hindu.

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New Cricket T20 7PL Is Born

A new T20 Cricket is being organised, called  7 PL.

cricket capture
cricket capture (Photo credit: freeformkatia)

Expected to be launched this week, the Game will be promoted by a Dubai Conglomerate,with a Powerful political big wig associated with Indian Cricket being involved.

The team will be Captained by Indian Captain of all formats MS Dhoni.

“The number 7 is associated with this show as 7 is Dhoni’s lucky number.

“India captain MS Dhoni is the chief brand ambassador of the league and the official announcement is expected in Dubai this week. 7PL, it is learnt, has the blessings of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in IndiaBCCI). However, it will not be an ICC recognized tournament, sources said.

The league – that aims to further shrink the number of overs in a game – will be played between seven teams, each representing the seven Emirates of the UAE – Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain. The teams will have players from seven countries – India, PakistanSri Lanka, South Africa, theUnited Kingdom and Australia, apart from the UAE. Each country is expected to be affiliated with one Emirate.

All the involved cricket boards have reportedly given their consent to 7PL. The number ‘seven’ happens to be significant not just because of the number of Emirates in UAE; it also happens to be Dhoni’s favourite number.

Scheduled to be played from March this year, the matches will first be played in Dubai – both indoors and outdoors at its state-of-the-art cricket facility that also houses the World Cricket Academy – while the quarterfinals, semifinals and the final will be played outdoors. ”

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Sachin Tendulkar Post Retirement Speech Full Text Video

Sachin Tendulkar’s post retirement speech.

Humble,Emotional and Sensible.


Tendulkar retires.
Sachin Tendulkar retires.




* Friends please settle down, I’ll get more emotional! It’s hard to believe my wonderful journey is coming to an end.

* I have got a list of people to thank because sometimes I forget.

* I would like thank everyone who has made this possible.

* Its getting little difficult to talk but I’ll manage.

* I would like to thank my father. Without his guidance, I don’t think I would be standing here. He told me never to take shortcuts and never give up. And above all he told me to be a better human being.

* Every time I held my bat up, it was for my father.

* I thank my mother for taking care of me and praying for me. A big thank you to my mother for all the sacrifices. I don’t know how she managed a naughty child like me. She just prayed and prayed from the day I started playing the game.

* I’d like to thank my aunt and uncle who fed me while I was living with him.

* To my siblings for their encouragement, advice and support.

*My eldest brother Nitin doesn’t like to talk much but he said, ‘whatever you do, I know you will give 100 per cent’. My first cricket bat was presented to me by my sister Savita. It was a Kashmir willow. She still continues to fast while I bat.

* My brother Ajit has lived this journey with me. I don’t know how to thank him enough.

* The most beautiful thing that happened to me in my life was in 1990 when I met my wife Anjali. She took a backstep from her career as a doctor and she looked after my family. Thank you for bearing with me. You’re the best partner.

* Two precious gems of my life Sara and Arjun. I’m sorry for missing your annual day, sometimes your birthdays. Thank you for understanding that. I know for 14-16 years I’ve not spent enough time with you. But I promise you that the next 16 and the many more after that are yours.

* I’d like to thank my in laws and my friends.

* In the last 24 years my friends have made terrific contributions. They have been with me while I was stressed. They have been with me even at 3am when I was injured. Thanks for being there for me

* My cricket career started when I was 11, turning point came when Ajit took me to my coach Ramakant Achrekar.

* I would like to thank the Mumbai Cricket Association for taking care of me.

* For 29 years my coach Achrekar has never said ‘well played’ to me as he thought I would get complacent. I was extremely delighted to see Achrekar sir in the stands. I used to ride on his scooter and play two matches a day. Sir took me along to make sure I played.

* You are like my family away from home…my teammates. I know you will serve the country effectively. I have full faith in you guys.

* It is going to be difficult not be part of the dressing room, not to share the special moments

* I thank my physios, doctors for keeping me fit. My first manager, Masceranhes for all his support and encouragement.

* I understood what it requires to play for the country. I understood the gravity of it. Thank you to everyone who shared my vision.

* I thank the media for supporting me. I thank all the photographers as well for all the wonderful photographs.

* Lastly, i want to thank all the people here who have flown from all over the world for supporting me. Whether it was a zero or a century, you’ve always been there for me. You guys have faste for me and done many other things. Memories like these are going to stay on with me forever. Thank you being there for me. I would not be the person I am if it wasn’t for you.

* I’m sorry if I have forgotten someone. Goodbye..

Full text.

“Friends please settle down, I’ll get more emotional. It’s hard to believe my wonderful journey is coming to an end, my life between 22 yards for 24 years has come to an end. I’ve a list of names to thank. The first is my father, who passed away in 1999. Without his guidance I wouldn’t be standing in front of you. He said ‘chase your dreams, don’t give up, the path will be difficult.’ I miss him today. My mom, I don’t know how she managed a naughty child like me. She just prayed and prayed from the day I started playing the game. For four years I stayed with my uncle and aunt when in school, they treated me like their own son. My eldest brother Nitin doesn’t like to talk much but he said, whatever you do, I know you will give 100%. My first cricket bat was presented to me by my sister Savita. She still continues to fast while I bat. Ajit my brother – we have lived this dream together, he sacrificed his career for me — he took me to Achrekar sir first. Even last night he called me to discuss my dismissal. Even when I’m not playing we will still be discussing technique. If that hadn’t happened, I would have been a lesser cricketer.

“The most beautiful thing happened to me when I met Anjali in 1990. I know that being a doctor there was a big career in front of her. But she decides that I should continue playing and she took care of the children. Thanks for bearing with me for all the nonsense I’ve said (Anjali wipes tears). Then the two precious diamonds of my life Sara and Arjun. I’ve missed out on several birthdays, holidays, annual days. I know for 14-16 years I’ve not spent enough time with you. But I promise you I will spend the next 16 or whatever is left. “My in-laws — I’ve discussed several things with them. The most important thing they did was allow me to marry Anjali. In the last 24 years my friends have made terrific contributions. They have been with me while I was stressed. They have been with me even at 3 AM when I was injured. Thanks for being there for me. “My career started when I was 11. I was extremely delighted to see Achrekar sir in the stands. I used to ride on his scooter and play two matches a day. Sir took me along to make sure I played. On a lighter note, Sir never said ‘well played’ because he didn’t want me to be complacent. You can push your luck now, Sir, since I’m not playing cricket anymore. “I started my career here in Mumbai. I remember landing from NZ at 4 AM and playing a Ranji game the next day. The BCCI was fantastic from my debut. Thanks to the selectors. You were right with me making sure my treatment was taken care of. “Thanks to all the senior cricketers who have played with me. We see on the screen Rahul, VVS, Sourav and Anil — who is not here. All the coaches. I know when MS presented the 200th Test cap, I had a message to the team — I said we are all so proud to be representing the nation. I hope to continue to serve the nation with dignity. I have full faith that you will serve the country in the right spirit. I will be failing in my duty if I didn’t thank the doctors who have kept me fit. Given the injuries I have suffered. They have treated me in odd hours. My dear friend the late Mark Mascarenhas. I miss him. My current management team WSG, for continuing what Mark has done. Someone who has worked closely with me for 14 years is my friend Vinay Nayudu. “The media has backed me a lot, since my school days. Even today. Thank you. Thanks to the photographers for capturing those moments. “I know my speech has become long. I want to thank people who have flown in from different parts of the world. I want to thank my fans from the bottom of my heart. “Sachin, Sachin” will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing.”

Source.DNA, First Post.