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Explained: The wide yorker and its growing popularity in T20 cricket

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There are ball types played in cricket that are used in national and international matches. But now in the new age, the demand for new and talented players is high for this type of child. Behind it also the need for pitch and ground, weather is important. Players with fast bowling find it more beneficial to play with the yorker ball. Therefore, the demand for this type of ball is high as it controls the big hitters and takes wickets for decades.

Taking the pitch out of the equation, a fast yorker is bowled at the base of the batsman’s shoes, and by the time he moves his feet to protect them and before the bat is in play, the ball has already crashed on several occasions. Several batsmen have also been injured when they failed to get their feet out of the line of the ball in time and of course, got out lbw.

A traditional yorker is executed to perfection. Perfectly executed yorkers and stumps have been referred to as cartwheeling for years in cricket. In recent times, the likes of Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Starc, JasratBumrah, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Shine Afridi, and Bhuvneshwar Kumara KagisoRabada and T Natarajan, among others, figure in the list of bowlers who can bowl that perfect yorker.

In recent times, with the advent of technology, and the edges of the bat getting thicker and better, batsmen now move away from the stumps, giving themselves room to swing a wild with the willow and if they do well. If you join, the ball is bound to go across the ropes, more often than not. And with the foot out of line with the ball, batsmen are sometimes able to block the ball with their bat as well.

To counter this, bowlers develop wide yorkers, which may not get the wickets, as the batsmen’s stumps are taken out of the equation here, but can result in dot balls, which are gold dust in T20 cricket equally valuable.

What is a wide yorker?

The length of this delivery is similar to that of a traditional yorker, which is bowled full. It is this line that makes it different from the age-old yorker seen in cricket. It is thrown somewhere around the 5th-7th stump line, between the wide marker and the off stump. The batsman, unless he knows what the bowler is going to do next, must reach to make a connection with the ball. In the process, the batsman may get a faint edge to be caught by the wicketkeeper and if he comes off the thick edge, the ball may go to the third man.

A wide yorker, however, can go horribly wrong and result in wide or too many byes. Also, like a traditional yorker, if not bowled to perfection, it can be a full-toss, although it is difficult to hit a full toss well on the 5th or 6th stump line unless the batsman hasn’t already shuffled and is in a good position to tonk it over the ropes.

This is why a bowler needs hours and hours of practice, just like the traditional, to perfect the wide yorker. And that is why bowlers are practicing for hours in the nets, trying to correct wides and slow yorkers as well.

The new generations in cricket are replacing the conventional strategies of playing with unconventional things. Cricketers like VasimAkram practiced with wide Yorker and then became as he is today. The most popular format of cricket is T20 in which the wide Yorker ball is used mostly. The wide Yorker is becoming very popular these days.

An example of this is Kuldip Sen who scored high in this season of IPL and is playing for Rajasthan Royals against LSG. He impressed everyone when he scored 31 runs with 1 wicket in just 15 overs.

Sanju Samson, the captain of RR said that he had faith in Sen’s ability as he had seen him practicing wide yorkers in the nets.

In the match against Rajasthan, Mumbai Indians’ Navdeep Saini was given the responsibility of defending 29 runs against big-hitter Kieron Pollard in the 20th over. Saini bowled six wide yorkers from the seven balls he sent (the first ball of the over was wide – too far outside the stumps), full and wide outside the stumps, to keep Pollard calm and win the match.

Royals only 4 runs were scored with the bat, of which 4 balls were dot balls. Pollard fell off the last ball, which was also a planned wide yorker, although it turned out to be a full toss around the 5th stump line.

The wide Yorker ball has proved miraculous performances in cricket. Hence it is gaining popularity day by day.

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