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Ashwin demonstrates non-electric cricket ball thrower

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

: Friday live demonstrated a non-electric ball thrower

at Science (CSS) here.

The one-of-its-kind machine that was launched a few months ago doesn't require any batteries, cords or electricity ports and is portable.

"Throwdowns are a crucial aspect of a batsman's training, but more often than not, it becomes difficult to find another person to give throwdowns as it's a taxing activity," said.

The non-electric ball thrower can be packed in a bag, easily assembled and can be operated even by a young cricketer, he said adding moreover, this will help reduce the stress on the arms of the coaches, who usually end up giving 400-500 throwdowns in one practice session.

Ashwin, who has scored four Test centuries, said, "It took me quite a few years to improve my batting and had this product been available in my formative years, I would have reached my batting pinnacle faster."

He also said that portability was an important factor as far as was concerned.

Unlike other electric machines that use plastic-coated synthetic dimple balls, the machine enables the batsman to play with proper balls.

An electric machine has rotating wheels that squeeze the ball before it is thrown out, which can damage the threading of the ball.

The Freebowler, on the other hand, simulates realistic action with "a throwing arm".

This feature of the machine can assist a batsman to prepare for challenging batting conditions as it can swing the ball in the air and also land the ball on the seam.

Freebowler said he expected club teams, facilities and individuals to opt for the product.

Freebowler has also been tested by India's legendary batsman and current players Cheteshwar Pujara and K L Rahul, a release here said.

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First Published: Fri, March 08 2019. 19:05 IST