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Modern day - Body line Bowling

Yeah, Every time we hear the term body line bowling, it reminds of the England tactics used against Australia for the Ashes.

History of Body Line Bowling:

England toured Australia in 1932, England were worried because they couldn't get Sir Donald Bradman out, everything they tried, Bradman had the answer too. So the England players devised a tactic in which they would bowl short and aim the bowling at the body of the batsmen, then they would set a field with 5 or 6 men short on the leg-side, they would do this, because when the batsmen had no choice BUT to fend off the short ball (or they would get hit in the head or body), and when they fended off the short ball, the fielders would be ready to take the catch. This tactic worked as England beat Australia. BUT still all the England players were hated in Australia, and the relations between Australia and England worsened.

Bodyline is NOT short pitch bowling, short pitch bowling is called a bouncer !!!!!

In 1935, MCC introduced a new rule, that the on-field umpire can intervene if the bowler is deliberately bowling at the batsman with the intention of causing an injury.

Lets see some of the interesting bowlers of the modern era, trying to bowl a "Bouncer" which can also be sometimes a "Body Line" bowling.

Credits goes to the speedsters like Shoaib Akthar, Brett Lee, James Anderson, who follow this technique consistently.

Lets take a deep breath and listen to the heartbeat of the batsman now..!

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The clever bowler of all time

Best Run-out ever 


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