7 Amazingly Simple Cricket Bowling Tips

From: Ian Canaway

When bowling in cricket there are many possible cricket tips or hints that can help improve your bowling.

Spin Bowler Bowling

A spin bowler tossing one up...

In bowling, a combination of natural ability, good technique and practice is the recipe for good bowling, whether it is fast, slow or spin.

Here are some tips that will help your bowling and when implemented correctly your bowling speed:

  • The basic grip to hold the ball is to keep the seam vertical and to hold the ball with your index finger and middle finger either side of the seam with the side of your thumb resting on the seam underneath the ball.
  • In your approach/run in, try to stay Smooth, Balanced, Economical, Rhythmical and Consistent and stay relaxed and try not to tense up.
  • During your approach and action, your head position is very important. Make sure that as you approach the wicket you are running at a steady, consistent speed, and increase strides. Aim to keep your head as steady and level as possible, looking towards your target.
  • Pull your front arm down and through the target area, making sure you complete the delivery with a full follow through.
  • Try to keep everything in the same direction, towards your target, keep your hips and shoulders parallel/in-line, and follow through the delivery in the direction where you intend the ball to go
  • As a bowler it is very important to stay in great shape, as you’ll enjoy the game more and perform better in the latter stages if you have good stamina. So incorporating some light weight sessions in to your training is important.
  • Aim to try and run 3 times a week to keep your cardiovascular system in top condition and to improve your stamina. South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, is well know for running 10Km every morning, even on match days!

But make sure you consult your coach/doctor/gym instructor before starting any sessions.

All the best,

Ian Canaway

P.S. Now go play some cricket!

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  1. muhammad khurram says:

    I am struggling to develope an immaculate fast bowling action. Ian, what is meant by the phrase “pull your front arm down and through the target area”.

  2. Azfar says:

    Yes it was useful but can you elaborate more?

  3. Rohit Gopalan says:

    Hi Ian, what are some of the cardiovascular exercises you can recommend to us, especially if we want to have effective stamina.

  4. vincent says:

    i used to love and watch cricket and now i”ve got a lot of experience and im looking for a team to help to show my skill and talet …………………….

  5. Nicholas says:

    Hi Ian,

    Those were tremendous hints on bowling. I have considered all these at training and they were of great help. There’s one thing in particular that I’m always stumbling upon; the number of ‘no-balls’ that I’m bowling, and that is of grave concern. Can you please enlighten me on that. Especially my run-ups; how many steps I have to take and all of that.

    Kind regards,

  6. Ian says:

    Hi Nicholas,

    Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you have found the tips helpful. Regards your bowling run up, I’ve written some tips which you should find useful here: Secrets to a Perfect Cricket Bowling Run Up

    Kind regards,


  7. DHRUV says:

    Hi Ian,
    these bowling tips proved really helpful to me and are very effective. I have worked on my action and my line and length. But I’ve a question. How to increase our bowling pace? (I’m a fast bowler.) and how to swing the ball both ways?

  8. ms lokesh says:

    I m feel now good after this tips ..now I can improve bowling speed easily

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