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Double-bounce delivery out of the premier league

india Updated: Apr 05, 2012 02:09 IST
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Hindustan Times
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Till now, it was one of the funniest deliveries in cricket - the ball bouncing twice before reaching the batsman. Some smart bowlers have mastered it and converted it into a deceptive weapon in the limited-overs format.

However, these bowlers will not be allowed to use this trick this season after the IPL committee decided the double-bounce delivery will be declared a no-ball, revealed a senior league official, although it's a legitimate ball in international cricket.

When released, the delivery looks the easiest to hit out of the park. The ball lands so short the batsman's eyes light up, but it dies just in front of him. And if he's committed to the stroke, he ends up with a mis-hit.

Foxing 'em
The best exponent of the delivery in India is Mumbai left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders.

"The trajectory is so low that it's almost like an underarm ball, it's very difficult to pick," says Abdullah's Mumbai coach, Sulkashan Kulkarni.

In fact, Abdullah effectively used the delivery even during Mumbai's Vijay Hazare one-day matches. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/05_04_pg19e.jpg

"He has mastered the ball and picked up three wickets in the tournament with it. One was against Delhi in the last over the innings when the batsman tried to step out and hit him. One batsman was caught in the deep and another stumped," revealed Kulkarni.

The coach said it is a great weapon to have when the batsman is trying to hit you. "It's almost impossible to hit it for a boundary. If the equation is four runs off one ball, it's a deadly delivery."

"Iqbal pitches the ball almost near the non-striker's crease and the second bounce is near the batsman's crease. You have to use a lot of shoulder to execute it."

Although it is a legitimate delivery in international cricket, the IPL body sees it as against the spirit of cricket. "It's something which the youngsters will start trying immediately in the nets, and that is something the Indian cricket officials may want to avoid," said Kulkarni.

Round-arm matters
It's a ball which bowlers with round-arm action find it easier to master. "Iqbal was trying to teach this ball to our other left-arm spinner Ankit Chavan, but he was not able to bowl as he bowls with a high-arm action.

Among other bowlers, the coach picked out pacers who are good at slower balls to be effective with this.

"Bowlers like L Balaji and Angelo Matthews, who are good at slower balls, can use this effectively if they work on it."