As I said, I'd say fast, not lightning.
As I said, I'd say fast, not lightning.
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Disclaimer: I am a biased South African. Anything I say is likely to have something in it that ultimately favours the Proteas.
In my experience most Indian pace bowling teens who are perceived as quick enough but not lightning fast hit about 100-110 kph, like my best mate who was quick enough to beat the bat more often than not, but at 18 in a speed contest his fastest ball got clocked at 110.
In a top-notch Mumbai, Baroda, Chennai or Delhi club and especially against senior batsmen, I don't think 110 kph is all that quick. Remember that there are club cricketers who regularly face guys like Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra, Rakesh Patel, Siddharth Trivedi, Irfan Pathan, R P Singh et. al. in nets and matches.
As I often say, pace in the air is a hugely overrated and poorly understood term in general. 110 kph can be loopy nonsense or deceptively quick, depending on how much pace it gains off the pitch and the deliverer's natural attributes.
Last edited by chicane; 23-12-2011 at 08:56 AM. Reason: PAT CUMMINS
when i was 16 my coaches told i am bowling around 128 to 133 kph.... right now i am 20 left my cricket for few years and now they say i am around 133kph to 135kph... can some suggest me how to increase my speed i want to click around 140kph to 145
The guy who won the cricket show fast bowling comp (138kph) for the Gabba test this season played for my club until last season. I never faced him because he never came to training but his opening partner who is noticably slower bowls mid 120s and it is pretty fast as far as I am concerned.
Based on some of those guys that have been clocked from my club a reasonable estimate of pace is to get a juggs bowling machine and crank it up until it seems about the same as them and then add 5-10mph (the machine appears quicker as you don't get the arm just a ball out a hole). So old mate mentioned above is about the same as 70 on the bowling machine and his brother is about 5-8kph slower and comes out about 65 on the machine. Rough but gets you an idea. Of course, you need a bowling machine handy to do this.
Interesting side note, 90mph is ****ing fast and I hate the idea of getting a bouncer at that speed.
After watching angelo matthews in East London, I am covinced that I bowl around 120. In fact, I tweaked my run-up last practice so that I attack the crease more and I really felt like I gained another 5kph. Btw, I'm 16 turning 17 in march. I generally get some nice outswing. I rate I should move to india!
Hear about a bloke called Ollie Wicket (or something similar) from around the Devon area who was apparently clocked at 85mph...needless to say he wasn't that quick when we played him, and he got smashed all over the park.
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Im confused as im a 14 year old bowler ive always been exceptionally quick but at a radar gun speed competiition i was clocking 72 mph on average :/ whereas 16 year olds on here are having trouble with that im 5ft 10" and ive always been feared by ppl in my club do you think its true
No :') but I do have several family members who have in the past surpassed the 90 mph barrier so another observation the technique with the stopwatch and deviding by 40 gives you a higher speed by about 5 mph because at this competition a friend used the stopwatch technique and the radar gun registered 74 but the stopwatch technique showed 79 :/ and this happened consistently so take 5 mph of whatever you get with the stopwatch technique a number of people did it and always ended up with a speed 5 mph higher than the radar gun
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