T20 Game Plan – Bowling

The next phase to follow the recently published T20 Game Plan for Batting is the Bowling component.

A previous post on the T20 master of control – Yasir Arafat -gives a close insight to the preparation and thinking involved along with perfection in the action needs little tinkering or alteration. His point of difference being able to introduce subtle changes of angle or pace that deceive the willow wielder into error.

“He is a calm man who takes pressure well,” said Sussex cricket manager, Mark Robinson.


Strategy – dot ball pressure, plan before start over, close each over out, zero extras

• First over bowled into the wind, last over they have to hit into wind
• First ball best ball, ready to start well (rehearse as needed – use mid on / off for 6 balls)
• Execute delivery variations with supported field placement – “think before begin
• Close the over out if on top to maintain pressure – 5th and 6th ball awareness
• No Balls & Wides – ZERO, NIL, NOTHING
• No consecutive boundaries
• Dot balls target = 60 total
• Take the 10 – all wickets available

Lasith Malinga v Mahendra Dhoni, T20 World Cup Final – does not get much better than this.

Malinga v Dhoni

About Andrew Walton

Cricket exposure as a player, coach, fan, observer, analyst & tragic! Coached at Melbourne Cricket Club, Prahran Cricket Club. Premiership player and coach at South Yarra Cricket Club ~ Home of The Vincibles! Academy coach at Karnataka Institute of Cricket, Bangalore.
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2 Responses to T20 Game Plan – Bowling

  1. Peter McGiffin says:

    Totally agree with your plan. We also set target of 8 mini maidens which is three consecutive dot balls in a row. Can be in one over or across two. Reinforces game awareness and partnerships with the ball. Another goal is to try and bowl minis back to back. Building momentum with the ball.

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  2. Thanks Peter, that is a tremendous way of thinking – mini maidens. Everyone can count to 3.
    We have used “Dot Stacks” when fielding as counting aloud the “dots” to ensure the fielders level of awareness is maintained.

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