In Cricket, bowling is the action of throwing the ball toward the wicket guarded by a batsman.

A player who performs the above action is known as the bowler. A bowler can also be a competent batsman and in all probability be called as an all-rounder.

1. What is bowling in cricket?

The act of bowling the ball towards the batsman is called a delivery or a ball. When deliveries are bowled in sets of six, it's called an over. Once a bowler has bowled an over, a teammate will bowl an over from the other end of the pitch.

2. The laws of cricket that apply to bowling

  • A no ball occurs if a ball is bowled illegally. The umpire has the power to make that judgement.
  • If a ball is bowled too wide where it's beyond the reach of a batsman to be able to play at it with a proper cricket shot, the umpire will rule it a wide.

3. Types of bowlers

  • Fast Bowlers - Their primary weapon is pace
  • Swing and Seam Bowlers - They make the ball deflect in its course while in the air or even when it bounces
  • Slow bowlers - They usually aim to deceive the batsmen with a variety of spins and flight.
  • A Spin Bowler - They usually deliver the ball slowly and put a spin on it causing it to turn at an angle.


It doesn't take a lot to master the skill of bowling, practice well and you're bound to get it right!

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