Nothing new under the sun

He takes full advantage of the fact that a left-hand bowler, bowling round the wicket, can deliver the ball so that its flight in the air begins well outside the line between wicket and wicket and comes in towards the batsman, and then the ball, after pitching…goes across the wicket from off to leg.

[He also has] a faster ball which he delivers with his arm a little lower than usual, and which comes across quickly from the off and is inclined to keep rather low.

No, not a description of Imad Wasim, but of J.H. King of Leicestershire, taken from Beldam & Fry’s Great Bowlers and Fielders: Their Methods at a Glance, published in 1906.

But the similarities with Karthik Krishnaswamy’s analysis of Imad’s strategies bowling for Pakistan in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup are striking.

Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction — 8.5 out of 10 ain’t bad

I posted last year on my understanding of Barak Rosenshine’s concept of “learner rehearsal” and how it might be applied in coaching.

Rehearsal is a key concept in Rosenshine’s 10 Principles of Instruction, developed in the context of teaching in the classroom. Leaving aside, for now, the question of whether coaching for (sports or movement) skill acquisition really does follow the same process as teaching an academic curriculum, Rosenshine’s 10 principles do (mostly) look to be applicable to sports coaching.

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