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The 'Inswinger' delivery

The 'inswinger' delivery is where the bowler bowls the ball that swings in towards the batsmen. This can prove to be a useful weapon in your bowling armoury. This delivery cause's batsmen trouble as the ball is coming into them, forcing them to play at the ball. Otherwise, the ball will crash into the stumps, or into their pads, causing a possible L.B.W decision.

How to bowl an inswinger:

The ball position is vital in producing an inswinger. The ball will swing towards the side of the ball which is the most roughest. This is due to a greater wind resistance on the rough side of the ball, compared to the smooth shiny side, causing drag or the ball to move towards the rough side. Shinning one side of the ball becomes important when fielding to enable the bowlers to produce as much swing as possible. When bowling to a right hand batsman, the rough side of the ball should be facing towards the batsmen's leg side (right hand side of the ball), with the shiny side facing the off side (left hand side of the ball). When bowling to a left hand batsman, the rough side should be facing towards the batsmen's leg side (left hand side of the ball), with the shiny side facing the off side (right hand side).

The seam position is also important. Generally, the ball will swing where the seam is positioned. To bowl an inswinger to a right handed batsman, the seam should be facing toward the leg slip region, with the rough side of the ball on the right hand side of the ball. This will cause the ball to swing from outside off, into the batsmen. The seam position to a left handed batsman should point towards a leg slip position, with the rough side of the ball on the left hand side.

The grip to produce the seam position should have the index finger and the middle finger held in line with the seam (ie. Right hand bowler bowling an inswinger to right hand batsmen will have the index finger (next to the thumb) on the left hand side of the ball with the middle finger on the right hand side of the ball). The thumb should grip the bottom part of the ball, on the seam or to the side of the seam where you are trying to swing it. Once this grip has been applied, the wrist should point towards the target of leg slip. Once the grip, seam position and ball position are correct, the ball should swing into the batsmen when bowled.

Other factors will help produce 'inswing' such as wind direction and having a front on stance through delivery will help aid the inswinger delivery. I hope you have great success in delivering an inswinger. Good Luck.



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