Reverse Swing

What is reverse swing?
When the ball is new, it swings on either side because of the shine. But as the ball gets older, it loses its shine and fails to swing. To make the old ball  swing, players keep one side of the ball shiny while the other gets rough or worn out. Reverse swing is the swing a bowler gets with the old ball towards the shiny side of the old ball rather than the conventional swing a bowler gets. If a bowler is bowling an out-swinger, reverse-swing makes it an in-swinger and vice-versa.

How to bowl reverse swing?
If one wants to bowl the reverse swinging delivery which comes back into the batsman, he needs to hold the ball with its seam point towards the slips. A normal delivery will out-swing with this seam position. But in reverse swing, with the rough side of the ball on the off-side, the shiny side will be on leg-side. Your wrist should be at a certain degree (preferably at 20-30 degree) towards the batsmen. It is very important to not change the bowling style and not alter your action, hold, wrist or any other thing that reveals that you are trying something new. Fast movement of the body is key here.

How to bat against reverse swing?
To deal with reverse-swing, the batsman need to keep the bat down and not have a high back-lift. High back-lifts won’t allow you to bring your bat down in time to block an incoming reverse-swinging ball. Also, a batsman should play the ball late is order to tackle the late movement. Experts also say the feet movement of the batsman should be top class to tackle reverse-swing.

How to treat the cricket ball to get it ready for reverse swing?
Once we have a 25-20 overs old ball, it can be prepared to reverse swing. It must be kept shiny on one side and rough on the other. The rough side should not be repaired and the shiny side must be properly shone by the players. The subcontinent pitches, which are dry and rough are considered to the best for reverse swing as the ball gets worn up quickly on a rough and dry pitch.

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