In addition to the high level of skill required to play elite cricket, a successful player needs good balance and core strength, speed for running between the wickets and in the field, and fast bowlers particularly need very good speed and power. However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for cricket, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a player.
You Need Balance and Coordination
We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in cricket. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factor which is considered most important by the readers of this site is clearly Balance and Coordination with over 30% of the vote. You can add your vote too.
You Need to be Quick and Coordinated
In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of Cricket, and the most important according to them are: Speed / Quickness, and also Balance & Coordination. Motivation and skill were also rated highly. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Cricket Players, and see the latest results.
Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)
- Speed / Quickness, Balance & Coordination
- Motivation & Self Confidence, Skill and Technique
- Strength & Power, Reaction Time
- Coping with Pressure Situations
- Analytic & Tactical Ability
- Flexibility, Agility
- Body Size and Composition, Aerobic Endurance.
Are You an Expert?
I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in Cricket, go here to add your opinion.
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