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  • How to throw the ball during a match depends on the distance and the intention of the batsman. When the ball is played close to the wicket, the fielder (right hander) runs in and picks the ball up close to the right foot and sends it underarm to the wicket - keeper or bowler. No time should be wasted in throwing and to ensure this, the wrist is cocked and the arms swing only a little way back before releasing the ball. The ball is released low and the head is kept still, to try and hit the stumps. This can be practiced with either hand.

  • When the ball is a little distance away from the wicket (about 30 to 40 yards away) the ball can be thrown with a side arm action. For this the left foot (for a right hander) points in the direction of the target and the right foot is perpendicular to it. The throwing arm is brought from behind the upper back, with the elbow slightly bent and the wrist cocked. The left arm and shoulder points to the target with the head level. The ball is thrown with the transfer of weight from the back foot to the front foot and a full turn of the body. After throwing the body continues to move forward a couple of steps to complete the follow through and prevent injury to the shoulder.

  • When throwing the ball from the deep, the over arm throw has been seen to the most effective. For this also, the left foot, shoulder and arm points to the target with the head level above it.

  • The throwing arm is brought from above and behind the shoulder with the elbows bent and wrists cocked. As the weight is transferred from to the back to the front foot, the ball is thrown from above the shoulder with the body opening up.

  • At the moment of throwing the ball the chest is facing the target and at the finish the right shoulder points forward. The movement of the body continues into the follow through for a couple of steps.

Chasing & returning:

  • To save runs on the field, chasing and returning is a must. The important points here are that you must run as fast as possible, pick the ball cleanly in one motion and turn to throw it without wasting any time.

  • While chasing run in a line which takes you close to the ball on the side of your throwing arm.

  • Just as you reach it, stop and bend down to pick up the ball. Then pivot, transfer your weight from the back foot to the front foot and throw as accurately as possible.

  • Be careful not to overbalance as you bend to pick up the ball. Once the ball is picked up, it can also be thrown on the run, by jumping and turning in the air and releasing the ball towards the target. When distances are longer, pick up the ball, turn and take a couple of steps before throwing to add power to the throw.