What is a Reverse Swing in Cricket?

India is a country in which I am very sure you can find a cricket expert in almost each and every home. We are so much passionate about this game that we feel given a chance we can be a better batsman, a better bowler or a better fielder if someone is short of cricketing skills then at least a better selector than the once who are either playing or selecting the teams. Whenever there is a match such comments are common Sachin should have played late, Sachin doesn’t know how to tackle inswinger, Ganguly should have ducked to a short ball, Viru should have played with a straight bat it was a “Reverse Swing”…many more list will never end. Anyways there are too many technicalities involved in this wonderful game and I am being a cricket fan want to uncover one of those over here. Most of you might be knowing it but those who don’t this blog is for them keep reading…

In Simple Words:

Whenever a ball swings in an opposite direction than it was intended to then it is called, the ball is Reverse Swinging. For example, if a ball was intended to be an inswinger but eventually it ends up being an outswinger then it is called as a reverse swing. Same stands true vice versa.

Understanding Cricket Ball:

Leather cricket ball it has three sections:

  • Seam wherein threading is done across the ball
  • Left section of the thread
  • Right section of the thread

Bowlers generally shines left and right sections differently to control the swing of the ball

Judging Ball Swing:

In cricket, the batsman can judge well ahead if a ball is going to be an inswinger or outswinger by observing few things.

By observing bowlers seam position:

  • If shiny side is outside ball tends to in swing in normal circumstances
  • If shiny side is inside ball tends to out swing in normal circumstances

By observing bowler action:

  • If bowlers shoulder is pointing (side on) towards batsman ball will be mostly outswingerout-swing
  • If bowlers chest is open (chest on) towards batsman ball will be mostly inswingerin-swing

Mostly shiny side and bowler action give fair enough idea to batsman if a ball is going to be an inswinger or an outswinger. For any good batsman if he can judge swing correctly then rest of the batting is a cake walk.

Batsman starts getting into trouble when the ball does the reverse of what he has judged and that is the phase of play when “Reverse Swing” start’s showing its effects.

Understanding how to reverse swing happens is little difficult understand and more than that difficult to master. However, I feel this blog have given you little idea about BUZZ word of cricket “Reverse Swing”