PLAYING CRICKET WITH RCB # 5 : THE M- SPIN
Bored of batting ?? Its time to bowl then. Our new Addition to the team Muttiah Muralitharan is our next technical coach for u to learn the off spin.
Muralitharan is the first wrist-spinning off-spinner in the history of the game. He bowls marathon spells, yet he is usually on the attack. His unique
bowling action begins with an open-chested short run-up, and culminates
with an extremely wristy release which had him mistaken for a leg-spinner early in his career by Allan Border.Aside from his off-break, his main deliveries are a fast top spinner which goes straight on, and the doosra,
a surprise delivery which turns from leg to off (the opposite direction
of his stock delivery) with no easily discernible change of action.His newest variation is a version of Shane Warne's slider, which is
flicked out the side of his hand and rushes onto batsmen like a flipper.
His super-flexible wrist makes him especially potent and guarantees him
turn on any surface.
THE M - TECHNIQUE :
The off spinner is a right-handed bowler who spins the ball from the
off-side to the leg-side when facing a right-handed batsman (the
opposite of a leg spinner). It is generally thought to be easier to play
because flight is not much of a factor, there are fewer deliveries to
consider, and less spin is applied to the ball. However, contradicting
that sweeping statement is Muttiah Muralitharan, one of the greatest spinners of all-time and one of the most successful bowlers of all-time.
The off spinner’s arsenal is composed of the following deliveries:
- Much like the leg break necessarily breaks away from the leg-side, so
the off break in turn breaks away from the off-side. It is the stock
delivery of the off spinner and requires serious ingenuity to be more
than a containing delivery, as the ball tends to go into the body of the
right-handed batsman. The off break is delivered with the seam running
across under all the fingers meaning, upon release, they apply
considerable clockwise spin. Upon hitting the pitch it will then deviate
into leg stump.
Doosra - Otherwise known as ‘the other
one’, the doosra is the off spinner’s answer to the leg spinner’s
googly. It has been extremely effective in making off spin a more potent
art by adding some variety, with the ball moving from the leg-side to
the off-side against a right-handed batsman. It is delivered with the
same action as the off-break but with the wrist flexed in such a way
that the back of the hand faces the batsman. This wrist movement has
caused major controversy, with Muttiah Muralitharan and India’s
Harbhajan Singh both accused of ‘throwing’. Curiously though, its
inventor, Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq, has never had this accusation levelled at him.
- The off spinner’s slider, the arm ball moves straight on after
pitching in the direction of the arm (hence the name). Alternatively, if
the ball is swinging and the seam is upright, some out-swing may be
seen. The arm ball is achieved by releasing the ball while rolling the
fingers down the side. It is an essential surprise delivery for the off
spinner, with New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori a particularly user.
Please note his fingers on the ball, Its the only identity we can derive whether he is gonna bowl a arm ball or a doosra.
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