What is Swing?
The cricket ball often moves in the air towards or away from a batsman when a pace bowler is bowling. Swing bowling is considered to be the most effective way to take wickets and beat the batsmen. There are three types of swing: In swing, Out swing and Reverse swing.
In this blog of mine, I will be mainly emphasizing on Reverse Swing.
Once the ball gets older, it starts swinging in the opposite direction where it usually would swing with no changes in the grip of the cricket ball. The reverse swing is like a googly for the fast or medium fast bowlers and also a “nightmare” for the batsmen to face it. It is this variation that many fast bowlers attempt to deceive the batsmen. Batsmen usually prefer to face standard swing which happens when the ball is quite hard and new i.e. first 10 to 15 overs.
How does it work?
There are number of theories, but here is the simplest explanation for the Reverse swing bowling:
Reverse swing works on the simple principle called the “deterioration of the ball”. As the match proceeds the ball gets rougher and it will take on a different characteristic as it deteriorates. So if a fast bowler presents the ball as an out swinger, since the cricket ball got deteriorated, the rough side takes the characteristic of a shiny side and moves in the other direction. It means that a natural out swinger will become an in swinger and obviously a natural in swinger will become an out swinger.