I could not understand the difference between these two. What is the difference between swing bowling and seam bowling? How does both differ? Can a swing bowler do seam bowling too?
Both of these styles of bowling are performed by bowlers who are medium pace or fast bowlers. A swing bowler tries to deceive the batter by getting sideways movement through the air (known as 'swing' in cricket). By contrast, a seam bowler tries to get sideways movement off the pitch by landing the ball right on the seam so that it may deviate one way or the other if it hits an imperfection (such as a crack or lump) on the pitch.
Generally speaking, a swing bowler will try and 'pitch the ball up' landing the ball closer to the batter. This is because it allows more time in the air for swing to occur, and makes the batter more likely to play a straight bat shot (such as a drive) that might cause them to misplay the ball and get out if they don't pick up the swing. On the other hand, a seamer will generally pitch the ball a little shorter in order to hit the pitch harder (i.e. have a more vertical impact) in order to get more out of any deviation off the pitch.
There are certainly some bowlers who can be classed as predominantly swing bowlers and others who are mostly seam bowlers, but most medium and fast bowlers with try and utilise both techniques at different times, depending on the conditions, the batter and the state of the ball at the time.
Simply put, swing bowling involves making the ball to move while it is travelling in the air and seam bowling is more about movement off the pitch.
To understand seam bowling, imagine a medium pacer who comes in and tries bowling a off or leg spin delivery. Only that he/she is not "spinning" the ball. The irregularity on the cricket ball due to the presence of the threaded seam will do it for the bowler. Hence the name "seam" bowling.
The movement of the ball in the air is called swing bowling. It can be assisted by weather conditions, if wind is flowing perpendicular to the pitch then in that case swing bowling is quite dangerous
While Seam bowling is the movement of the ball after pitching on the ground (in or out)mostly depend upon the pitch condition ,but wind also play an important role as if wind is flowing parallel to the pitch it will vary the bounce of the ball.
Seam bowling = Movement as a result of deviation due to pitching on the seam on the ball
Swing bowling = Movement as a result of difference in air pressure on heavier and lighter side of the ball, has got nothing to do with seam
Good swing bowlers: Well most people get some sort of swing but to be a paradigm of swing bowling consider Hoggard, Pathan, Rana Naved ...
Examples of seamers who generally find it hard to swing - Harmison, Zaheer, Razzaq, Ntini etc
Most bowlers are a combination of both.
In the past the great swingers were waqar, morrison, kapil
the great seamers were walsh etc.
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