Originally Posted by sudhindra9
I play club cricket in India. Being a fast bowler I usually bowl with the new ball. While bowling I try to take a wicket off every ball. I end up wicketless or with just one or two(rare). But I beat the bat very often like say two/three times an over. Am I just too unlucky (like Peter Siddle) or is there something wrong in my approach. And I don't spray the new ball either.
You beat the bat because club batsmen are weak outside the off stump. They do not know where it is and so they play defensively at balls which start outside off and swing further away. If you bowl straighter, the batsman will succeed in hitting the ball more, because they are playing closer to the body but you will get more wickets as the ones they miss will be bowled or LBW. It is tricky, because you give the batsmen greater control of situations but you allow yourself more likelihood of wickets if you bowl straighter.