How to bowl a Yorker?

How to bowl a Yorker?

The Yorker is a ball which pitches right on the batsman's feet, giving him little time to react to dig the ball out. It's a great ball to have up your sleeve - particularly towards the end of a tight game. Aim for the batsman's feet, around middle stump and don't be afraid of bowling a full toss or a half volley.


Steps
Look at the target
Ask most bowler's where they look when they are running in and they won't be quite sure. For some of us, this is fine, but for at least half (if not more) laser-focus your eyes in on something. This could be the batsman's toes, the crease line, the base of off stump or anywhere you know will drive you to the right length. I know of one bowler who focused on just above the batsman's head! It worked for him, he could nail those Yorkers. So, find your point and imagine yourself hitting the right spot as you run in.


Drive your bowling shoulder to the target
The bowling shoulder is crucial in bowling a Yorker. Drive it towards the base of the stumps and if you do it right the ball will be faster and fuller. Other than this technical change, there is not much more you can do to specifically bowl a Yorker. That said, the more powerful your action, the better your accuracy in general, so send time developing an action that gives you the best chance of accuracy. Use Ian Pont's 4 Tent Pegs as a starting point.


Practice deliberately
If you do nothing else, do this. Yorkers are hard to bowl so they need practice. Don't wait until a game to see if you can bowl one. After your normal net session, do some target practice without a batsman in the way. Go for 80:20 split. So if you bowl 40 balls in practice, bowl 8 Yorkers at the end. This is why PitchVision is so important for bowlers, as you can track your improvement over time no matter how small. If we don't track it, we tend to assume we did well or badly based on the last few balls rather than seeing an uptick in accuracy from 64% to 71%. Keep track of your accuracy over the weeks you can trace how much you are improving.





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