Spin bowling is one of the most special skills in the game of cricket. Unlike pace bowling, this art has a number of variants which are decided not only by the way the ball is being delivered but also the hand being used to do so. The right-arm wrist spinners and left-arm finger spinners turn the ball away from the right-handed batsman and vice versa.
Over the years, we have seen spin bowlers experiment with their trade in a lot of different ways, one of them being bowling with the new ball. While the norm has been for the faster men to take up the new cherry, there have been multiple occasions where skippers have tossed it to their tweakers across all formats of the game.
Here we try to figure out 5 primary reasons why spinners are given the new ball:
#1 To get maximum purchase from a turning track
Pitches in countries of the Indian sub-continent are known for assisting the spinners. While some of them require gradual wear and tear during the course of the match in order to become highly favourable to spin bowling, there are others which begin to turn square from the very first day.
On the latter variety of pitches, which are commonly dubbed as ‘rank turners’ or ‘dustbowls’, skippers prefer to give the new ball to their spinners. The seam of a brand new ball is far more pronounced compared to an older one and allows the tweakers to get more out of the pitch.
This ploy has been used quite successfully by the Indians with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowling in tandem at the start of the opponent team’s innings. Also, the Sri Lankans often bowl Rangana Herath with the new ball and he gets them the required results.