Is underarm bowling allowed in cricket?

Underarm bowling was legally allowed in cricket but it was never considered as ‘within the spirit of the game’. But the infamous underarm delivery from Trevor Chappell against New Zealand in 1981 resulted in the immediate banning of underarm bowling in cricket.  New Zealand needed six runs to tie, when Greg Chappell, Trevor’s older brother

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Reverse Swing

When the ball becomes older and scuffed up and you have kept one side of it shiny, it will move in opposite direction without any major changes in the seam position. For example, with the rough side on the left and shiny side on the right and seam position directed towards second slip, the new

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Nightwatchman

Nightwatchman is a lower order batsman who comes up in the order close to the end of the days play to shield a proper batsman. The nightwatchman’s job is to stay there overnight hence it is called as the nightwatchan. It is very frustrating for the fielding team if the night watchman stays overnight and

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Leg Cutter

Leg cutter is just like the normal leg break, expect it is bowled around 130-140kmph by a medium pace or a fast bowler. It moves from leg to off to a right handed batsman and the movement depends on various factors such as the nature of the pitch, the condition of the ball etc. The

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The Googly

Googly is one of the oldesttricks in the game. Also known as the wrong one, it is the most lethal weapon of a leg spinner. It looks like a normal leg break but turns into the right hander (away from the left hander) like an off-break. Googly is generally bowled through the back of the

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Follow-On

Follow-on is a term used in cricket to describe the situation where the first team asks the second team to bat their second innings immediately after their first because they were not able to get any close to the score first team scored in their first innings.  There are certain rules for the difference in

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The Flipper

Flipper is one of the most important weapons in a leg spinner’s armoury. The leg break moves away, the googly comes in whereas the flipper skids low and goes straight. It is very difficult to make out as it is bowled just like the stock leg spinner with the seam facing towards the batsman.  The flipper is most

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The Doosra

Doosra is the off spinner’s version of googly. Doosra is a Hindi/Urdu word meaning‘second’ or the ‘other’. Saqlain Mushtaq is hailed as the inventor of the doosra but inthe last five years top off spinners around the world have learnt this art.  Doosra is bowled with same off spinner’s action with the wrist moving in clockwise direction.

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