Monday, November 01, 2010

Going round the loop - plus the gyro ball!


Interesting post at The Teesra

which says:

" "going "around the loop" - keeping the finger movement constant, but rotating the wrist between successive deliveries, to change the direction of spin.

"So, for a right-arm wrist spinner, you might start with a "big leggie", releasing the ball with the seam pointing at gully, or even cover; then a "little leggie", with the seam directed to first slip; the top spinner, with the seam straight down the wicket; the googly, with the wrist now turned even further round so that the seam is spun towards leg slip.

"Shane Warne's "slider" might be the delivery at the opposite end of the loop to the googly - still with the same finger movement as a regular leggie, but now with palm of the hand towards gully and the seam pointing towards leg slip but with the fingers spinning the ball back towards the bowler."


To this might be added the idea of the 'gyro ball' which is rotating the ball on a vertical axis - either by pushing the right side of the ball going forward (towards the batter) or the left side going forward (towards the batter).

The ball rotating on a vertical axis will tend to swing away from the side which is spinning towards the batter - espcially if the exis of rotation goes down the middle of the seam, so that seam is like the equator of the earth.

This means that the ball will *not* usually spin or turn off the pitch when it lands, because the seam is kept away from contact with the pitch.


In other words, this extra variation - - is that one which which I believe is used by Graeme Swann, and which gets him so many LBW decisions against left handers.

There would therefore be an away-swinging (to the right-handed batter) gyro ball - produced by the off-spinner and chinaman wrist spinner; and an in-swinging (to the right-handed batter) gyro ball produced by the orthodox left arm finger spinner and the leg break bowler.


In 'going round the loop', the gyro ball variation would probably come next to the backspinner - produced by a 90 degree wrist rotation: at the end for finger spinners - following after the 'Teesra'; and at the beginning for the wrist spinner - preceding the 'slider'.



Blogger bgc said...

I no longer believe that Swann uses a 'gyro ball' - I think he simply undercuts his off break so that it loans on the shiny part and misses the seam.

It seems that the gyro ball was wishful thinking, a fantasy - or some other spinner's variation, perhaps...

12:30 PM  
Anonymous sbastonvilla said...

I think what you're calling a gyro ball is actually just a finger spinner's 'slider'...not a leg spinner's slider, which is somewhere between big leg break and backspinner.

Swann's slider is with the axis of rotation pointing to the sky. It will get you a lot of drift away from the bat and it has little do with shiny-side-rough-side nonsense. Mushtaq Ahmed did a lot of this too with his funky action (and the ball would drift in because it was also rotating on its own axis but in the opposite direction). Afridi mildly does this as well.

I knew Harbhajan was going to fail in England because he didn't have a slider. He's going to have to remodel his action if he wants to develop this delivery; it's high time he does so given his nonexistent doosra. Same way, I knew Swann would fail in India because he has no topspinner and his arm ball is so easy to pick.

If you're looking for variations and you've got a decent flipper, rotating your wrists can lead to some interesting stuff.

I'm not sure I understand what a teesra is but I have developed a backspinner with my offie grip (I just slot the ball between index and middle and give it a rip using the two fingers and my wrist; no turn-door-knob-with-three-fingers nonsense). Using said grip, rotate it around like a leggie's top spinner. It gets a lot of revs, carries very easily, and skids almost as much as a flipper. I rotate my wrist slightly if I want an off cutter.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Dave Thompson said...

The Gyro ball is another ball that could be potentially released using a Flipper click method. I'm under the impression Benuad bowled a flipper in this manner frequently.

The 'Slider' is just a label for a delivery that the commentators have not been able to make sense of and has just skidded on through some form of natural variation. Warne has discussed this and cleared this up recently in a SKY TV master-class. Of all the deliveries that I've seen and looked at that might constitute being allocated the name 'Slider' Jeetan Patels off-break with the tilted seam looks like a good contender. He seems to have total control over the angle at which the ball is released and varies the angle to produce a ball that intentionally skids on in amongst the balls with the up-right axis which land on the seam and break. All the other explanations for a slider look far too haphazard for anyone to put a name to and describe explicitly in print in the manner or Grimmett and Philpott.

3:57 PM  

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