Ex-quick Pont says erroneous coaching hindering emergence of 150kph bowlers

Islamabad, Jan 4(ANI): Former fast bowler Ian Pont, who has spent more than a decade researching and developing his knowledge of the mechanics of quick bowling, has claimed wrong coaching technique in modern cricket is hindering the emergence of express fast bowlers who can bowl consistently at the speed of 150kph.

“In all of the modern day sports, fast bowling within cricket is one of the most backward when it comes to coaching. Many still think ‘fast bowlers are born’ or that speed cannot be increased or improved,” Pont wrote told PakPassion.net.

“And sadly, this is the genuine issue. Where other sports improve and increase their power and speed in throwing, running and jumping – fast bowling coaching goes the other way and often coaches speed OUT of a bowler,” he added

“Every coach that tells a bowler to ‘slow down, bowl a line and length’ shows they do not understand that speed can be created in a straight line to IMPROVE accuracy, not hinder it,” he further said.

“Much of it is simple physics. Understanding what works and how, then applying it with bowling drills. But myths continue to be perpetrated such as ‘brush your ear’, ‘stand tall’ and ‘bend your back’,” he added.

“Unless and until this misinformation is corrected, bowlers, commentators, fans – and coaches themselves, will continue to limit what is truly possible with a fast bowler,” he further said. (ANI)